Dead Rider, formerly known as D. Rider, is an American experimental rock band from Chicago, Illinois, United States. Assembled by former U.S. Maple guitar player Todd Rittmann, the current lineup features Rittmann on guitar and lead vocals, Andrea Faught on trumpet and keyboards, Thymme Jones on keyboards, and Matt Espy on drums.
At once both bone dry and oozing wet, Timeghost’s first long-player breaks the molds cast by current trends in modular synth fetishism. Providence’s Adam Morosky, active as Timeghost since 2008, records and performs using an array of hardware altered by sensors that pierce through his face like a human patch bay. A concept-heavy record, Cellular approaches its concerns through algorithmic cut-ups, rhythms generated by cell phone interference and electrically induced muscle spasms. Sometimes its necessary to consider all angles. The sound is deliberate and stark, but with an undeniably personal tone. Not easily categorized, this is a sound cycle designed for complete immersion.
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.