It was an honor to have Erik Hoffman on to discuss his history in noise. We get into his special packaging obsession during his time running Pinch-a-Loaf, touring Japan with Spastic Colon, the story behind the legendary Ground Fault label and so much more. Another important lesson on noise from one of the originals.
Drift back to the 16th century with us as we dig into the fantastic and obscure “Utrecht” album by Nightmarish. This episode is part noise and part history podcast with Tara going deep into the historical subject and themes of this record. Explore the darkness of the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands and be consumed by the veil of Nightmarish.
Somehow we had not yet covered a Ground Fault CD, so we rectify that with a wallop of a disc in the form of Government Alpha “Sporadic Spectra.” Pure Japanese harsh noise oozes from our speakers, sends us to science fiction futures, and cures Tara’s headache. Heed the opening warning signal and enter the harsh world of Government Alpha.
We had the absolute pleasure to talk with Scott Arford and to dive into his work as Radiosonde and under his own name, as well as his part in the public access show “Fuck TV” and the legendary 7hz venue, studio, and label. In addition we talk zombie movies, static, and the importance of one particular fortune cookie. Another noise history lesson is underway, and you better take notes because there may be a pop up quiz down the line.
Sounds shrouded in mist hover as we discuss “Normal” by Brume. While it’s hard to put this CD into words, we do our best as we talk about split brains, psychological planes, and the places Christian Renou’s work takes us. Fade into its haunted essence and discover new ways for sound to ignite fires.
Whether under the Crawl Unit moniker or his own name, Joe Colley has created his own unique strain of noise since the late ’80s. We were elated to have Colley join us for an in depth conversation about his work—both sonically and visually—his early experimentation, and the feeling of the boundary-free era of ’90s noise. Let the speakers crack and the floorboards creek.
Juan Mendez (Silent Servant) joins us to discuss a major root in industrial sound — Cabaret Voltaire’s “The Voice of America.” Juan talks about the importance of this record in relation to his work as well as the entire landscape of industrial and experimental music. We also get into his history as Silent Servant, his work with Sandwell District and more. The damage is done and the messages have been received.
To say we had a blast talking to Richard Ramirez-Matzus Sean Ramirez-Matzus, the core of Black Leather Jesus, would be a criminal understatement. This 2 hour talk could have easily been 10 hours. We get into the early days of Black Leather Jesus and Deadline Recordings, how Richard and Sean got together, our favorite horror movies, and so much more. Time to sharpen your pencils like a knife in a giallo; another noise history lesson is in session.
Japanese industrial psychosis plows through the wastelands in the form of Dissecting Table’s “Between Life and Death.” We are fully on board for Ichiro Tsuji’s unique industrial art and have a blast digging into his post apocalyptic sounds. Hop into a flamethrower-equipped car and crank this dystopian masterpiece. Everyday is one more day of insanity.
Damion Romero’s project Speculum Fight rides the American noise railways as we discuss 1997’s “Highball” CD on WIN Records. Damion gave us some background information on this album as well as his equipment and inspiration around this time. Put on your engineer’s cap and enjoy the scenery thru the lens of Speculum Fight.