Ex-members of Pitchblende band together for a debut album that pits kraut rock versus hard rock and calls it a draw. There’s no shortage of fuzzboxes and feistiness over the album’s seven epic tracks, and we’re hard-pressed to think of the last record we heard that sounded as self-contained as it did unrestrained. Forget about math rock; the only thing you’ll be calculating is the volume.
2. Flip-Book Oscilloscope
3. The Doodler
5. (Got My) Rock Pants On
6. On Form and Growth
7. Swiss Grid
Justin Chearno: Guitar
Scott DeSimon: Bass
Jerry Fuchs: Drums
Recorded October 1999
Released January 2000
Recording by Bill Kellum for VHF Mobile Labs
Production, Mixing, Programming, Additional Sounds and Treatments by James
Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy for DFA at Plantain Recording House, NYC
Assisting: DJ McNany
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, NJ
Layout by Jeremy Dean
Photography by Tim Owen
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It is with great sadness that we must report the tragic passing of Jerry Fuchs. Jerry was renown for his drumming with such bands as Turing Machine, The Juan Maclean, Maserati and !!! amongst others. We offer our condolences to everyone who knew and loved Jerry. He was an amazing musician and an even better man. Grateful for having the opportunity to know and work with Jerry, we will miss him fondly.
In keeping with their instinctive need to crank out edgy rock noise, former Pitchblende alumni Justin Chearno and Scott DeSimon stay true to form on this debut from their new instrumental project. With drum basher Gerry Fuchs dragged in to help on their mission of chaos, the trio have created a spaced-out soundtrack for a movie that could never be made — think of them as Tangerine Dream for the punk rock set. While the band’s ability to keep things relatively short and simple is displayed on tracks like "The Doodler" and "On Form and Growth," their true intentions to wear down the weak and feeble are more evident on hypnotic eight to ten-minute testers like "Robotronic," "(Got My) Rock Pants On” and "Swiss Grid." Fans of Sonic Youth and the more experimental side of Fugazi will be most interested in this.