Following a support to the Dead Kennedys, Grong Grong impressed Jello Biafra so much that he offered them a deal with Alternative Tentacles. The self titled EP featured one studio side (recorded as part of winning a battle of the bands contest) and a live side recorded at the Seaview Ballroom in St-Kilda (Melbourne). Unfortunately, as luck would have it when the EP was released lead singer Michael was in a coma for a number of years following a drug overdose which put Grong Grong on hiatus.
Mendel Kaelen is a sound and music artist based in the Netherlands. Central are experiments with fieldrecordings, acoustic instruments and electronic manipulation of sound. His work is inspired by a deep love for the natural world and an immersement in various disciplines related to under-standing consciousness. Work is presented in record formats, live performances and sound installations.
Rolf Julius (1939-2011) was an influential German sound artist.
"Infinite sheets of grainy sound build and renew themselves to immensely pleasing effect." - The Wire. Acoustic instrumentation and field recordings gradually blend with subtle electronics. A listening experience that ranges from quiet crackling to dense layers of harmonic texture. Mountains is an ongoing collaboration between Apestaartje cofounders Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp. Having worked in parallel and often overlapping contexts within their respective solo projects (Aero & Anderegg), 'Mountains' was initially created as an outlet for live performance.
Dan Deacon (born 1981) is a Baltimore, Maryland-based electronic music composer/performer. He attended the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in Purchase, New York, where he played in many bands, including tuba for Langhorne Slim and guitar in the improvisational grindcore band Rated R. He completed his graduate studies in electro-acoustic and computer music composition. He studied under composer/conductor Joel Thome. Currently, he lives at Wham City in Baltimore, Maryland.
28-year old Mickaël started playing the piano and organ at the age of six, and formed his first band when he was 16. Which is how he could write the parts of most arrangements in Teaser For: Matter (cello, Rhodes…) and play the rest (drums, guitars). Teaser for: matter has tinges of Britains late 1960s Canterbury sound (early Soft Machine) meeting the blurry depths of folky Americana (Morphine, Low), with occasional nods to abstract hip hop (Why?). Or as French music bible Les Inrockuptibles sees it, folk becomes a dangerous music again, playing without a net in a phantasmagoric universe.
Catharina Hagen (born on March 11, 1955) is a singer from East Berlin, Germany. She's a daughter of well-known East German actress Eva-Maria Hagen and writer Hans Oliva-Hagen. They divorced 5 years later due to the rising success of Eva-Maria (called "East Germany's Brigitte Bardot") as an actress on stage and in films. When Catharina (Nina) was 10 years old Eva-Maria had a partnership with dissident song-writer Wolf Biermann (see links at the end).
Sleepy Sun is an apt title for this young San Francisco sextet, as their debut record, "Embrace", is one of those rare slabs of rock and roll that will wake you up in the morning, and send you off to sleep at night. After honing their craft in the occult influenced creative community of Santa Cruz, the band has continued to grow, both creatively and in their loyal following, since their relocation to the city by the bay. With their throbbing rhythm section, swirling sea of guitars, and dreamy, haunting duet vocals, the word dynamic is a severe understatement.
Baconhead is Ebola and Autobee. They make sci-fi beats to confuse your brain. They released their debut ep 'Soap' on Acroplane Recordings, and are currently working with Toronto-based MC, Mindbender. Baconhead, a quartet hailing from Merrimack, New Hampshire, began when lead vocalist Steven Gravelle recruited drummer Peter Fernandez (of Radiator Specialty fame) at Merrimack High School, and were later joined by guitarists Chris Chouiniere (also of Radiator Specialty) and Shaun Roe (who had been playing bass for Antimony).