Thursday, April 14, 2016

Recording: Ah! la lettre!/James Beardmore/Ian McPhedran/Dave Rodgers

Artist: Ah! la lettre!/James Beardmore/Ian McPhedran/Dave Rodgers

Song: [edited excerpt]

Recorded at Dundas Video ("Track Could Bend #13"), April 5, 2016.

Ah! la lettre!/James Beardmore/Ian McPhedran/Dave Rodgers - [edited excerpt]

To my great surprise and delight, Track Could Bend has survived and thrived for a full year. To celebrate, I invited everyone who played the series' first twelve months (more than seventy people!) back for a birthday party. In the end, the night consisted of twenty-seven musicians collaborating over eight short sets, most of which were spontaneous "bands from a hat", drawn by lot before the set started. Given the wide range of musical practices and backgrounds, it was quite exciting to see how much coherence and excellence resulted.

This quartet fell into some heavy, menacing drone-noise — not strange territory to Ian McPhedran (who played with Someflowers of Hell at TCB#3) or Dave Rodgers (who played with Ghostlight at TCB#5) — that seemed to sync quite well with Full Metal Jacket, which was playing on the big screen beside the band. It lurched its way into a sort of groove framed by some chord organ from Ah! la lettre! (TCB#2) and was kept unstable with some synth and spring reverb bursts from James Beardmore (who performed as Cares at TCB#11).

[The next Track Could Bend will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, May 3rd, featuring Kosher Dill Spears, Terms Of Venery (Mike Smith, solo electronics) and Glamour Nails (Lina Allemano + Justin Haynes).]

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