Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Recording: Minibeast

Artist: Minibeast

Song: two unknown songs*

Recorded at Array Space (Audiopollination #53.3), August 21, 2017.

Minibeast - unknown #1

Minibeast - unknown #2

It worked out slightly curiously that this group, founded by postpunk legend Peter Prescott (Mission of Burma/Volcano Suns) ended up in town on an improvised music bill rather than playing at a more straightforwardly rock gig. That meant a downgrade from the touring "postpunk legend" standard of an audience of dozens to the improvised music gig standard of an audience of several. That didn't seem to bother the trio, who seemed content to tear off some rigourous slices of rhythmically-driven music.

Prescott (on guit, keyb, and electronics) was joined by Keith Seidel on drums and Eric Baylies on bass. Seidel, in particular, really shone here, propulsively motorvating the tracks — no surprise that someone who came to fame as a drummer would pick a good one to back him on his side project. Several of the songs featured a locked-in pulse that brought The Ex to mind, and the pieces were more about that groove than lyrical or melodic structure — although Prescott did indeed add some vox, they were more for texture than something to hang the song on.

* Does anyone know the title to this one? Please leave a comment!

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