Wednesday, March 07, 2007

CALLA


ARTIST / BAND: Calla
SONG (MP3): Bronson

ALBUM: Strength In Numbers
FILE UNDER: Rock


INFO: Calla was formed in New York City in 1997 by Aurelio Valle (guitar, vocals), Sean Donovan (bass, keyboards, programming), and Wayne B. Magruder (percussion, programming), adding Peter Gannon in 2003 and Sean Donovan departing in 2004. However, the band's origins can be traced to Texas in 1993, where Valle, Magruder and Gannon began performing together in the Denton band, The Factory Press. The Factory Press relocated to New York in 1995, recording The Smoky Ends of a Burnt out Day with producers Kid Congo Powers and Matt Verta-Ray. The group split in 1997 and the album was not released until early 1998, by which time Valle and Magruder were pursuing new musical ventures. Most notably, Magruder worked with Bowery Electric and Windsor for the Derby. A four-track demo was completed in 1998, generating interest from the Brussels label Sub Rosa, which released the band's first album to critical acclaim in 1999. Calla's self-titled debut prised apart traditional song structures and reconfigured the components into subtly apocalyptic, cinematic pieces, at times evoking electronically processed Ennio Morricone soundscapes. Calla subsequently made the transition to performance, a process that gave Valle, Magruder, and Donovan their first taste of playing together outside a studio environment. Playing live had a significant impact on the band's sound and direction. Having been excited by the debut album, Michael Gira was particularly impressed by the way Calla's music had been changed by live performance and signed the group to his label, Young God Records.

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1 comment:

bruno-sugai said...

another set of remixes: http://tago-mago.net/music2.htm

this time it's wu tang, frank zappa, zap mama, outkast, more

http://tago-mago.net/music2.htm

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The "Eardrums shall fail" blog said:

"Rarely have I heard a reinvention of music I was, or thought I was, familiar with, in such unexpected ways. "



http://eashfa.wordpress.com/2007/02/24/pusherman-tago-mago/


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"Irk the Purists" said:

"interesting bedroom remixes, some of the best I've heard in a long while. "



http://irkthepurists.blogspot.com