Posted: Jun 15, 2008 12:10 pm
I'll be in Detroit, and will most likely tag along for Chicago. Three of the songs on myspace are from the new album, "Half Human Half Live"(the fourth "Bullet Proof Nothing" is from Cyborgs...) The new album consists of recordings from last year - studio versions of songs written, but never recorded by the original band, along with a live-in-the-studio set. "Almost Ready Betty" dates from the later version of the band, "Exit Plexit" was the first song the original band ever learned, "Mole Machine" was never played live. Don't think of this as a reunion. It's a little confusing, but way more interesting. This band is (as always) fronted by Edgar Breau, and takes the Cyborgs era version as a model for performance. The set consists (mostly) of songs written in that era, which are open to evolution and improvisation, but aren't "jams" (ie. Velvet Underground) Edgar is playing electric guitar again (for the first time in maybe 25 years) Kevin from the original band is on bass. Joe Csontos (on drums) was/is a fan who played in other area bands back in the day. Then there's some young'uns on guitars - Steve brings some James Williamson style firepower, Dan plays in a spacier style, and doubles on theremin. It's a contemporary band in every sense of the word, playing songs most no one ever heard before anyway. And if you did hear them, you heard them by a band that wasn't this good.