Edd Holmes, better known in the Drum & Bass scene as Optiv, first started his music career in the early 90s working at Dance 2, his local record shop in Guildford. At about the same time he was learning his production skills at SAE in London and also found time to hold a weekend job of assistant engineer at Ministry of Sound nightclub. Having completed his studies, he became a main player for the Drum & Bass outfit Pressure Rise.
Hella began in 2001 in Sacramento, California as a two member band consisting of Zach Hill and Spencer Seim writing technically intricate music of a highly spastic nature. They play a blend of math rock and noise rock. On early albums, the band forged their classic sound, playing minimally arranged, abrasive instrumentals that still retain an idiosyncratic sense of melody. In 2005, the band expanded their live band by adding Dan Elkan on vocals, rhythm guitar, and synth and Jonathan Hischke on bass guitar.
Dads could refer to four current bands: 1. Two-piece emo band from New Brunswick, NJ.
-Brush Your Teeth - Cassette/CD
-Brush Your Teeth, Again ;)
---Cassette on Carucage
---CD on Get Into It Records (UK)
-American Radass (this is important)
---Vinyl on Flannel Gurl Records / Get Into It, Moshtache, Day by Day, Something New (UK pressing)
---Cassette on Broken World Media
---CD on Stiff Slack Records (Japan)
-Shit Twins lathe cut 7" on Broken World Media
M People were a British house music act from Manchester which formed in 1990. They consisted of Mike Pickering, Heather Small and Paul Heard and Shovell. Pickering was a member of factory records dance act Quando Quango, but became more noted as one of the original DJs at The hacienda. Heard was a member of acid jazz band Ace Of Clubs. Heather Small was in the British Soul band Hot House who had released a number of critically acclaimed records without scoring any major success.
Ed Askew, a gay man, cut one of the best and most obscure LPs in the original ESP Disk’s vague rock/folk/freak series, issued eponymously and since reissued as Ask the Unicorn, before apparently dropping off the edge of his world. Years later, thanks to detective work by - naturally - Mr Clint Simonson of the De Stijl Records imprint, it turned out that not only was Askew still breathing but he had actually recorded a follow-up to his ESP Disk in 1970 that had lain in the can for decades.
KATALEPSY was born in 2004 in Moscow then forefathers played death metal in the other bands and decided to do something new. The first demo FEMICIDE brought the first victims to the altar of brutality. KATALEPSY became stronger and began to foray outside Moscow.
In 2007 they gave birth to their debut full-length MUSICK BRINGS INJURIES and the blood was spilled in the circle pits and mosh-battles all over Russia.
Horses Brawl began in 2003 as a trio; it now consists of Laura Cannell on recorders, fiddle and crumhorns and Adrian Lever on guitar and bowed guitar. They use the instruments in innovative ways to produce sounds which are reminiscient of mediaeval instruments - for example, the part that sounds so much like a hurdygurdy is in fact a violin played with the bow outside and around it. In one piece the guitar is bowed, too (Adrian's preparation is an amusing piece of stage business, entailing rather more rosin and squeaking strings than may be musically necessary).