Category:Avant-garde music groups
This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.
This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.
1. Henry Cow – Henry Cow were an English avant-rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. Henry Cows personnel fluctuated over their decade together, but drummer Chris Cutler and bassoonist/oboist Lindsay Cooper were important long-term members alongside Frith, an inherent anti-commercial attitude kept them at arms length from the mainstream music business, enabling them to experiment at will. While it was thought that Henry Cow took their name from 20th-century American composer Henry Cowell. According to Hodgkinson, the name Henry Cow was in the air in 1968 and it had no connection to anything. Fred Frith met Tim Hodgkinson, a student, in a blues club at Cambridge University in May 1968. Recognizing their mutual open-minded approach to music the two performing together, playing a variety of musical styles, including dada blues and neo-Hiroshima. One of Henry Cows first concerts was supporting Pink Floyd at the Architects Ball at Homerton College, Cambridge on 12 June 1968, in October 1968 Henry Cow expanded when they were joined by Andy Powell, David Attwooll and Rob Brooks. They performed with this line-up until December that year when Frith, Hodgkinson and Powell split off from the rest of the group, Powell at the time was studying music at Kings College under Roger Smalley, the resident composer. Smalley was influential in Henry Cows early development and he exposed them to a variety of new music from bands and musicians like Soft Machine, Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. Smalley also introduced them to the idea of writing long and complex musical pieces for rock groups and it was at this time that Henry Cow began writing music to challenge their collective ability to play, then using it to improve on themselves. In April 1969 Powell left and the reverted to a duo again, with Frith playing violin. In October 1969 philosopher Galen Strawson auditioned for the band, in May 1971 Martin Ditcham replaced Jenkins on drums, and with this line-up they played at several events, including the Glastonbury Festival alongside Gong in June 1971. Ditcham left in July 1971 and it was not until September that year that the seat was filled again. The band then relocated to London where they began an aggressive rehearsal schedule, after having entered John Peels Rockortunity Knocks contest in 1971, Henry Cow recorded a John Peel session for BBC Radio 1 in February 1972. They later went on to record another session in October that year, in April 1972 Henry Cow wrote and performed the music for Robert Walkers production of Euripides The Bacchae. This involved an intense and demanding three-week period of concentrated work that changed the band completely and it was during this time that Geoff Leigh on woodwinds joined and Henry Cow became a quintet. It was Smith who later did the paint sock art work on three of Henry Cows LP covers, for the first time, Henry Cow started getting some attention from the rock press and the then emerging Virgin Records label. After much negotiation and deliberation, Henry Cow signed a contract with Virgin in May 1973, within two weeks of signing the contract, Henry Cow began recording their debut album Legend at Virgins Manor Studios in Oxfordshire
2. Kraftwerk – Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1969 in Düsseldorf. In the 1970s, they were among the first successful pop acts to popularize electronic music and are considered to be innovators and pioneers of the genre. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneiders departure in 2008, following the releases of Computer World and Electric Café, member Wolfgang Flür left the group in 1987. They released their final album Tour de France Soundtracks in 2003, founding member Schneider departed in 2008. According to The Observer, no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture, in January 2014, the Recording Academy honored Kraftwerk with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. As of 2016, the members of Kraftwerk continue to tour. The duo had performed together as part of a quintet known as Organisation. This ensemble released one album, Tone Float in 1969, issued on RCA Records in the UK, Schneider was more and more synthesizers by keyboards, a new electronic intrument that had recently arrived on the market, and decided to acquire one in 1970. While visiting an exhibition in their hometown about visual artists Gilbert and George, the same year, Hütter and Schneider start bringing everyday life into art and form Kraftwerk as critic Jude Rogers remarked it. Hütter, who left the band for eight months, played synthesizer and their first three albums were free-form experimental rock without the pop hooks or the more disciplined song structure of later work. Post-production modifications to these recordings were used to distort the sound of the instruments, particularly audio-tape manipulation, live performances from 1972 to 1973 were made as a duo, using a simple beat-box-type electronic drum machine, with preset rhythms taken from an electric organ. These shows were mainly in Germany, with shows in France. Later in 1973, Wolfgang Flür joined the group for rehearsals, with Ralf und Florian, released in 1973, Kraftwerk began to move closer to its now classic sound, relying more heavily on synthesizers and drum machines. Although almost entirely instrumental, the album marks Kraftwerks first use of the vocoder, Kraftwerks futuristic and robotic sound was influenced by the adrenalized insurgency of Detroit artists of the late 60s such as MC5 and the Stooges. The input, expertise, and influence of producer and engineer Konrad Conny Plank was highly significant in the years of Kraftwerk. Plank also worked many of the other leading German electronic acts of that time, including members of Can. As a result of his work with Kraftwerk, Planks studio near Cologne became one of the most sought-after studios in the late 1970s, Plank coproduced the first four Kraftwerk albums. The release of Autobahn in 1974 saw Kraftwerk moving away from the sound of its first three albums, Hütter and Schneider had invested in newer technology such as the Minimoog and the EMS Synthi AKS, helping give Kraftwerk a newer, disciplined sound
3. Mr. Bungle – Mr. Bungle was an American experimental rock band from Eureka, California. Mr. Bungle released four demo tapes in the mid to late 1980s before being signed to Warner Bros. Records, the band toured in 1999 and 2000 to support their last album before going on hiatus, ultimately revealing that they had dissolved in 2004. Although Mr. Members were based in San Francisco during the bands tenure with Warner Bros, Mr. Bungle was known for its highly eclectic style, often cycling through several musical genres within the course of a single song. Many of its songs had a structure and utilized a wide array of instruments. Live shows often featured members dressing up and an array of cover songs, Mr. Bungle formed in 1985 in Eureka, California, while the members were still in high school. The band initially consisted of Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, Trey Spruance, Theo Lengyel, Watts was subsequently replaced by Hans Wagner, and then by Danny Heifetz, while Clinton Bär McKinnon joined in 1989. The bands name was taken from Lunchroom Manners, a 1959 childrens educational film which was featured in a Pee-wee Herman Show HBO special in the early 1980s. In it, a school class with a young boy named Phil watch a puppet show about an ill-mannered boy named Mr. Bungle. The short film was a very straight-laced attempt to teach children good deportment, the version shown on The Pee-wee Herman Show had a laugh track added, which gently ridiculed the strict code of conduct promoted in the film. They played their first show during November 1985 at the Bayside Grange Hall, the bands first demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, was recorded during Easter of 1986. It featured a fast, low-fi death/thrash sound, with touches of ska, instruments utilized on the album included a train whistle, saxophone, bongos and a kazoo. The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny was followed in 1987 by the Bowl of Chiley demo, it featured a much greater ska presence, as well as the sounds of jazz, swing and funk. Bradley Torreano noted at AllMusic that the recording was essentially the sound of some very talented teenagers trying to make their love of jazz, in 1988, Mr. Bungle released their third demo, Goddammit I Love America. Which was musically similar to Bowl of Chiley, Mike Patton described its style as funkadelic, thrashing, circus, ska. In 1988, Mike Patton became the lead vocalist for San Franciscos Faith No More, Patton continued to be a member of both bands simultaneously. Their final demo tape was OU818, released in 1989, this recording was the first to feature sax player Clinton Bär McKinnon. OU818 combined songs from the demos, along with some new tracks. At the time of release, Mike Patton described Mr. Bungle as a weirdo funk band
4. Deerhoof – Deerhoof is an American experimental rock band whose erratic style veers between noise pop, punk rock, and avant-garde. The bands live shows are known for their gear, maximal volume. Since their formation in 1994 in San Francisco they have self-produced their records, the bands current line-up consists of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. Rob Fisk and Greg Saunier founded Deerhoof in San Francisco in 1994 as a duo of bass. They were signed to record a single for Kill Rock Stars after owner Slim Moon witnessed their performance at the 1994 Yoyo A Go Go festival and their early singles, recorded on four-track cassette, combined punk, grunge, noise, and ballads. The cover art of a cow and a rabbit on a unicycle. Many of Deerhoofs most enduring traits were already in place, the lyrics, gestural playing style, low-budget recording techniques, concept-album format. In 1997 they started recording new songs for Halfbird, but abandoned it in favor of a change in style. Kelly Goode joined on Casio VL-1 and Matsuzaki taught herself to play the bass, from 1997 to 1999, Deerhoof toured the U. S. with Sleater-Kinney, Lightning Bolt, Unwound, and Sonic Youth. Their 1999 album Holdypaws removed all traces of noise, improvisation, the unpredictable change in style between albums remains a Deerhoof hallmark. In fall 1999, Fisk and Goode quit the band, Halfbird was completed by Saunier and Matsuzaki and released in 2001, with artwork by Fisk. In late 1999, they asked Gorge Trio guitarist John Dieterich to join the band, thus most of 2003s Apple O was recorded live in one nine-hour session with Jay Pellicci engineering. The album received praise, notably in The New York Times. It was later listed by Pitchfork Media as one of the top albums of the 2000s, Saunier, drummer Zach Hill, and harpist Joanna Newsom released Nervous Cop in 2003. Dieterich, Cohen, and Jay Pellicci formed a trio called Natural Dreamers that released one album in 2004. For Deerhoofs next record they took their inspiration a Japanese cartoon character created by artist Ken Kagami, 2004s critically acclaimed Milk Man the album featured a lavish, Broadway-inspired sound. In 2006 this album was adapted to a childrens ballet, Deerhoofs next release was their first to be sung in Matsuzakis native language. 2005s Green Cosmos combined an orchestral sound with music styles of various eras
5. Neurosis (band) – Neurosis is an American avant-garde metal band based in Oakland, California. In total, Neurosis have released 12 studio albums, including a 2003 collaboration with Jarboe, in late 1985, Scott Kelly, Dave Edwardson and Jason Roeder founded the band as a hardcore punk outfit, borrowing from British crust punk like Amebix. In 1986 Chad Salter was added on guitar, and in 1990. There have only been a few changes in the lineup of Neurosis musicians since bands inception, in 1989 guitarist/vocalist Chad Salter was replaced by Steve Von Till, and in 1995 Noah Landis, a childhood friend of Dave Edwardson, replaced Simon McIlroy as keyboardist. With The Word as Law, Neurosis began to transition from the punk of Pain of Mind to the more experimental sound of Souls at Zero. In 1996, Neurosis attracted mainstream attention with its Relapse Records debut, Through Silver in Blood, in 1999, Neurosis released Times of Grace, which was designed to be played synchronously with Grace, an album released by Neurosis ambient side project, Tribes of Neurot. Beginning with A Sun That Never Sets, Neurosis began incorporating clean vocals, allmusic described this change as an aesthetic sea change. 2004s The Eye of Every Storm expanded upon this change by incorporating more slow moments, the band released their ninth studio album Given to the Rising on May 8,2007 through Neurot Records. On this album Neurosis re-incorporated a more aggressive approach into their music again. The band entered the studio in December 2011 to record the follow-up to Given to the Rising, the new album, entitled Honor Found in Decay, was released in late October 2012. The band performed at Roadburn 2016, with Brooklyn Vegans Ian Cory writing that once the lights came up it was hard to justify watching anything else. This was part of their series of shows performed in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band, on May 5,2016 relapse Records confirmed they were reissuing A Sun That Never Sets and The Eye of Every Storm on vinyl on June 17 with new artwork. Their eleventh studio album—Fires Within Fires—was released on September 23,2016, from 1990 to 1993, Adam G. Kendall was recruited to create visuals and perform live with the band. Following his departure from touring, Pete Inc. took over the job, Kendall also shot the footage for the Locust Star video. Graham and Neurosis amicably parted ways in late November 2012 via an announcement on the band website, often experimental and psychedelic in nature, the visuals have added to the reputation of Neurosis live performances. Many of the visuals for their tours supporting Through Silver in Blood can be found in Ken Russells film Altered States, other images are included in the enhanced portion of the Sovereign E. P, and on the A Sun That Never Sets DVD video release. The majority of the DVD release was directed by Josh Graham, Neurosis emerged as a hardcore punk band, performing a blend of hardcore and heavy metal inspired by British punk and described as crust punk or crossover. However, already their second album The Word as Law introduced some elements of music and sludge metal