New Haven-based duo Rivener’s lysergic improvisations are shape-shifting explorations of no wave, noise, and psych with elements rooted in the rockist tradition. Intrepid seekers always listening for the signs, guitarist/percussionist Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) and drummer Michael Kiefer (Twin Lakes Recs/Myty Konkeror) mangle, stretch, bend, and breathe new meaning into these influences with subtle dynamic shifts, conjuring cosmic clouds of sound. This is the true freedom rock...so turn it up, man! Their debut release is due out on Twin Lakes Records early this spring.
Human Flourishing explores the spiritual connectivity between people through the creation of tense sound environments in a variety of spaces. Whether located in an abandoned farm structure or a New York gallery, the audience is encapsulated by the experience happening before them; transforming the surroundings into an ethereal or satanical plane. Human Flourishing’s experimental sound horizons encourage inner reflection and spiritual connectivity to a world that seems isolated and cold.
Essentially, this is about friendship. Gregory Paul and Conor Perreault have been friends since childhood. A few years back, they were mourning the fact that they didn’t see each other enough anymore. You know how it is: work, relationships, family, people move. It’s hard to stay in touch. Their solution: schedule time to get together on a regular basis, have a home cooked meal, drinks some beers, catch up, then plug in some pedals or grab an instrument or just go near a microphone, and make some noise.
The resulting music is a celebration of fellow feeling. It’s about embracing uncertainty, loving a friend’s weirdness, exploring mistakes, and exorcising demons. The music has been called goopcore, and electronic primitivism, and worse. Their improvisations flow from harsh electronic noise to gentle acoustic strummings and back, held aloft by otherworldly ambient textures and/or simple vocal harmonies.
Though the frequency of these sessions has varied over the years, and though they’re living in different states these days, they’re still at it. Sometimes they share recordings of the fruits of their meetings online. Other times they broaden the circle and do their communion in the presence of an audience of friends and well-wishers.
Hello I am Tick Hive. I play in Shirese, and Florida=Death. I run a label called Erotic Mange. Some of my music has been released by Quantum Wampum records.
Headroom is a New Haven psych and experimental outfit led by Kryssi Battalene. Battalene has spent years honing her craft. Her early solo project Colorguard is revered in the noise underground, releasing on esteemed labels like Fag Tapes, Alien Passengers, Gilgongo and her own, Elm Recordings. Over the past several years she has developed her guitar playing style with New Haven psych rock powerhouse Mountain Movers, as well as playing in the live line-up of Medication and Stefan Christensen and Friends. With Headroom Battalene is seen taking the reins, providing the parameters for each improvisation. Her guitar playing is indebted to the likes of Keiji Haino, Takashi Mizutani, and Jojo Hiroshige. She is joined by a rotating cast of New Haven scene stalwarts including Rick Omonte and Ross Menze also of Mountain Movers, Stefan Christensen, Dave Shapiro (AKA Alexander), John Vanduzee of Medication, Aaron Snow of Landing and more. What comes out is a noise band with a tendency to rock, and not the other way around.