IN THE MEANTIME...
Who is VivaL'AmericanDeathRayMusic?
Jeffrey Bouck,drummer/percussionist(Lithops,Polyphonic Spree), and a designer chef who specializes in cooking in confined spaces.Harlan T. Bobo,bassist (The Limes, Timothy Prudomme), who also cooks, but mainly for himself and occaisonally Shawn,
is stricken with night blindness yet he still is able to construct mechanical simiens and sings at breathlessly low decibals. Nicholas Ray, singer/guitarist(The Limes, Valentines), is graced with the gift to work just about any job, some of which are hard to actually classify as 'jobs' and although he has no decernable expieriance in the art, he none the less harbours the belief he would make a good shoe maker.
So why do these men with such prodigous and nebulous skills bother to steal away into the dark night after night to play "music" to trodden and often malicious groupings of various size? And why do they gather in living quarters and various "studios" to record there musings as it were" Nicholas states, "we do these things for the large sums of money we recieve". But are we glibly to be lead to believe that this gathering of minds is simply for the temporal venture of "moneys".
But I believe there is more to this strange case.
Come along shall we.
What is VivaL'AmericanDeathRayMusic?
For this question we shall put aside the obvious ramifications of their elongated and lofty title and their trepanacious and often shifty social-politico ideas that they align
with said title and concentrate on the musical.
First off there appears to be no easily definable method for there music. They make tumbling attempts at grandiosity while taking awkward stabs at virulent pop. They are magazine collage artists whose finished products are as much murky as they are obvious. They willingly throw themselves into derilect and hopeless improvisational alleyways to emerge relatively unscathed at the other end. They embrace and invite the listener to converse with them and then leave them standing awkwardly alone as they move on to talk to someone they are more acquanted with. They make music for people who believe they are listening to music of their generation.
They are truly ninjas at play in the fields of the Lord.
DISCOGRAPHY ON TRANS SOLAR RECORDS
IN THE MEANTIME... LP/CD 2006
A NEW COMMOTION, A DIFFERENT TENSION; LP/CD_2004
VIVA L'AMERICAN DEATH RAY MUSIC // IN THE MEANTIME... // LP/CD; SOL .033
VIVA L'AMERICAN DEATH RAY MUSIC // A NEW COMMOTION, A DIFFERENT TENSION // CD; SOL .026
push and pull.mp3
1 B1 01J291
2 the new age
4 push and pull
5 new commotion
6 what the girls say
7 blue cars
8 oh! libertine
9 any given hour
11 dub -> Ø
Artwork by Nicholas Ray & Photobooth.