T H I R T E E N !
This album was recorded between 2002 and 2009, and represents a more vocally-oriented VTH style. 15 tight, short, intense songs, featuring amazing vocals by Sylvia Gordon and Lucy Foley. The core band of Jason Berry (synths, electronics, woodwinds, melodica, percussion, etc.), Michael de la Cuesta (guitars and sitar) and Charles Lloyd (all manners of guitars, sitar, and some bass guitar) are joined here by Rich Corny (from Interstellar Grains, on even more guitars), a variety of bassists (Tom Corboline, Dave Martinson, Michael Rognlie, and Vicky Grossi), drummers Justin Markovits (from Interstellar Grains) and Keith Abrams (from Time of Orchids, Nick Didkovsky, Pak), percussionists John Merril (Mood Food) and Moe Staiano (Moe!Kestra, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Mute Socialite), trumpeter Tim Byrnes (Friendly Bears, Hazel-Rah, Kayo Dot, Pak), engineer/horn player Ross Bonadonna, found-sound anarchist Rale Sidebottom, and mellotronist Richard E. Barber. Have you heard the vocal numbers on the CD version of Zappa's 'Sleep Dirt'? The album is a bit like that, but played with the intensity of early Black Flag. Or maybe a punkier version of the Henry Cow/Slapp Happy album 'Desperate Straights'.