Ratio live recording and NXNE questionaire

ratio may 29

On May 29th we played an improvised (and untitled) set of droney space rock. In rehearsal it was intentionally a fairly mellow affair, but we managed to rough things up a bit at the show. Jacqueline Noire belts it out good and proper around the 12 minute mark. It was, of course, captured by Joe Strutt of Mechanical Forest Sound (who presented the show).


With our June 17th NXNE showcase coming up at the Smiling Buddha (961 College Street), We also answered “5 Simple Questions” for The Spill Magazine.

1. What’s your favourite thing about a festival like NXNE?

Well, it’s a chance for our live set to be reviewed by music journalists who wouldn’t ever review our show, if they’d come at all. When we played CMW we got slagged by a reviewer based on the hat I was wearing. That never would have happened otherwise. I felt like that was the kind of treatment Morrissey would get from NME in the 80s so I was pretty excited about that. Like we’d hit the big time.

2. What should we expect from your live show?

We’re an improvisational psychedelic space-rock band so a lot of psychedelic effects and jamming. Some nice drawn-out space drones. A pretty mind-expanding experience. The venue has a tiny stage so we won’t be moving around much. Actually I’d be shocked if any of us move at all. We can probably be mistaken for corpses. But corpses who haven’t been dead very long. No rotting flesh or anything so sensational. So it’s best to just close your eyes and take the trip. Smell the colours, taste the sound. Laying down on the floor is a good option but I’d recommend bringing a blanket or yoga mat.

3. Tell us something we probably don’t know about your band.

I think people don’t realize how improvised most of our set is. Jacqueline Noire makes up the words as she goes. What’s sung at one gig or rehearsal probably isn’t at the next. The same goes for the music. We have grooves or riffs that are the basis of our “songs” but they’re ever-evolving creatures. We have a couple that are fairly solidified now, but more than half the set is made up on the spot. Since we’re playing rock and we’re not a jazz combo, I think people don’t realize how much it’s on the fly.

4. If you could write the soundtrack for any existing film (from any decade) which film would you choose and what would the songs sound like?

I rather fancy the idea of doing a soundtrack for Pink Floyd’s Live At Pompeii. It would sound like early Pink Floyd but more spacey and more psychedelic. Maybe like a combination of Hawkwind and early-70’s Miles Davis.

5. Would you rather open for Neil Young or Bruce Springsteen, and why?

I’m afraid to say, it’d have to be whichever one pays better. Because I can’t see either audience taking to us. Maybe Neil would have more old hippies in the crowd who’d be into improvised psychedelic space-rock. We might be able to pull in 10 or 15 per cent of his audience and I’d think we could only get maybe 1% of Springsteen’s. On the other hand, Bruce didn’t come up with the Pono. I’m not sure I could be diplomatic about the Pono to Neil’s face. Now, if a time machine were involved, and we we opening for one of them in 1972, then definitely Neil Young.

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Next gig: Aug. 29 @ Ratio

Aug29handbill

Toronto’s hottest new art-space RATIO is the venue for Arachnidiscs’ TOTENBAUM TRÄGER cassette release show. We’ll be supporting them along with fellow arachnids, The Knot and the free-jazz duo of Colin Fisher & Mike Gennaro.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/308218412682656

 

REVOLUTION! (Live 14.06.28)

Off-the-cuff, improvised face-melter of a song. Jacqueline’s call to arms. Recorded live at the Smiling Buddha Bar in Toronto on June 28, 2014 by Joe Strutt just a little too late to make it onto Hexperience.

New Live Mixtape: HEXPERIENCE

LIVE MIXTAPE: 2012-2014. IMPROVISED SEGMENTS EXTRACTED FROM LIVE PERFORMANCES. DEEP, HEAVY, DRONE-INFUSED JAMS NEVER PLAYED BEFORE OR SINCE. ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST TO TIME IF NOT FOR THE VIGILANT RECORDISTS. CAPTURED AT VARIOUS TORONTO PSYCH ZONES.

“Are you hexperienced? That’s the question everyone should ask themselves before commencing this 60 minute cassette by the Toronto based krautrock/psychedelic group Moonwood. Think of two jams, each half an hour long, which explores this mapless territory of drone-laden communal trippiness that just fluctuates slowly, rising slightly above the constant drones, like a hallucination of an improvised hippie jamming – a bit like Datashock’s Keine Oase in Sicht, with some great female worldess vocals added. This is the kind of psychedelia that doesn’t worship the amplifier or illustrate bucolic visions of nature. Instead we get the freeform, open-ended sonic tapestry that doesn’t really go anywhere, but in case of this tape we’re more content with the process of travelling itself than the destination.” ~ Weed Temple

“Having moved from a duo to a full band over the past year, this is a document of a transitional phase not yet captured in a proper album, so it serves an intriguing in-betweener. Perhaps it’s befitting, then, that it’s sonically at something of an in-between point, too, consisting mostly of semi-improvised mid-tempo jams that often link the more rambunctious material in the band’s sets. More of a bean-bag excursion than a skull melter, this might point where the band is heading after finding the off-ramp from the trans-anywhere express. Also: the tape comes in a very awesome shade of purple.”
~ Mechanical Forest Sound

SIDE 1 // 2014

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER / LUCA CAPONE / MATT FAVA

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
FEAST IN THE EAST, FEBRUARY 1
COMFORT ZONE, APRIL 10
WAVELENGTH/CMW (THE GARRISON), MAY 7

RECORDED BY BRIAN SHIRK:
NATIONAL DRONE DAY (TRANZAC), MAY 10

SIDE 2 // 2012 – 2013 (THE DUO YEARS)

PERSONNEL: JACQUELINE NOIRE / JAKOB REHLINGER

RECORDED BY SILENT LAND TIME MACHINE:
TRANZAC, OCTOBER 18, 2012

RECORDED BY AVERY STROK:
IN BEWTEEN SOUNDS (THE ONLY CAFÉ), JANUARY 3, 2013

RECORDED BY JOE STRUTT:
CROSSWIRES (HANDLEBAR), APRIL 14, 2013
961A COLLEGE, OCTOBER 5, 2013

RECORDED BY CAPONE/FAVA:
THE NIGHT SHIFT — CHRY 105.5FM
OCTOBER 4, 2013

MIXTAPE BRICOLAGE BY J. REHLINGER, 2014

Rehearsals Vol 7

Another live improv rehearsal recording from last November. Features both of us, asking why? Because of X! {click skully to DL}

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