Sound of Music / Various
Composer Frank Hillis, no stranger to the Chicago music scene, created National Wrecking Company in 1998 with a different take on electronic music. Tired of useless categorizations and debates -- hard & fast vs. Ambient? digital vs. Analog? grandiose vs. ^#^indie? -- NWC throws the rules aside with original works assembled using whatever means necessary. Trip-hop, big band, ambient, industrial, downtempo, experimental, old school, new school, dub, rock . . . all styles are available for manipulation. NWC's arrangements weave together a dreamscape of sounds, synths and beautiful melodies over live percussion and sequenced back beats. While the individual songs may emulate many styles the experience as a whole is accessibly joyous, perplexing, and unmistakably National Wrecking Company. Live, Frank has been assisted by the tenebrous Snayl in tending the machines and tantalizing the crowd, drummers Doug Corella (The Verve Pipe, the Karlz), Kevin Hoetger (Big Angry Fish, the Bon Mots, The Amazing Letdowns), and Gregory Curvey (Luck Of Eden Hall, Par Crone) and DJ Justin Hartman. NWC has performed at such institutions as the Elbo Room, Abbey Pub, the Empty Bottle, and Detroit's St. Andrews Hall, and have played with such heavy hitters as TRS-80, The Cells, Bombardier, Johnny Polonsky, Flutter, and Nineteen Point Five Collective. Extraneous duties have included remix work for Meat Beat Manifesto and Nineteen Point Five Collective (amongst others) and several film soundtrack contributions.