Greg Malcolm – Homesick for Nowhere

2004, Corpus Hermeticum

Brought out on local (Lyttleton-based) Dead C guitarist Bruce Russell‘s Corpus Hermeticum label, ‘Homesick for nowhere’ is quite a departure from Greg Malcolm’s previous releases.

Back in the mid to late 90’s, Malcolm create quite a bit of controversy with his (partially Creative NZ funded) album ‘Trust only this face’ which featured the politically and media-lauded track ‘The ballad of Peter Plumley Walker’, ironically a song meant to criticize the media’s handling of the (now infamous) cricket umpire’s last living moments, and it’s follow-up ‘What is it Keith?’ more recently Malcolm formed his 3-piece kletzmer surf-guitar band Surfing USSR, releasing their debut earlier this year.

The new release is a document of Malcolm’s solo avant-garde performances over the past 2 years, a selection of interpretations of pieces by the likes of Steve Lacy, Konrad Bauer and Ornette Coleman in his self-styled ‘Depresso Guitar’ format.

Malcolm spent several years living and performing in the avant-garde and underground jazz scene in Berlin and these tracks display the creative intricacies he has since refined. Playing as a one-man-band of sorts, Malcolm manipulates many sound devices, mainly a heavily prepared guitar (with an array of pickups, multiple sets of strings and a balancing area of moving objects to roll over), an assortment of devices such as e-bow, fans, slide etc, and also a ‘floor guitar’ which Malcolm taps with his foot to create rhythmic pulses. It’s quite an experience, and Malcolm conjures up some truly beautiful and textural sounds.
Thoroughly recommended for fans of the more unusual.

Chris Heazlewood

Biography

Fuzz-guitar god Chris Heazlewood had been a visible part of the New Zealand underground for at least a couple years prior to meeting Celia Mancini in Dunedin back in 1991 (and thereby forming the legendary King Loser).

In Sferic Experiment Heazlewood was loud and caustic, putting out a cassette on Bruce Russell‘s iconic XPressway label way back in 1989, flanked by future King Loser alumni Sean O’Rielly and Greg Cairns.

Ratfink A Booboo!

A year later Heazlewood put out his first solo release – entitled ‘Ratfink A Booboo!‘, this ultra-rare cassette release was a blueprint for future releases named after a suitably obscure 1960’s b-movie.

A 2nd solo cassette entitled ‘Hellmouth 66‘ in 1991, along with a 7″ EP as Olla – a group comprising Heazlewood, O’Rielly and Ex-Look Blue Go Purple drummer Lesley Paris, Heazlewood’s first release on Flying Nun Records.

From 1993 through 1996 Heazlewood recorded and release four 7″ singles, and Flying Nun Records would release the combined results as ‘Ca$h Guitar‘ in 1998. By then King Loser were on permanent hiatus, and fairly soon Heazlewood would disappear from view altogether, eventually resurfacing in late 2015.

However the preceding years had been tough on Heazlewood – along with the death of good friend and former band-mate Peter Gutteridge had passed away, plus a Kickstarter page was created to help pay for his own stage four liver disease.

Heazlewood began to recover and even managed a King Loser reunion in 2016/2016, unfortunately brought to an abrupt end in mid 2017 with Celia Mancini’s passing. However circa 2017, Chris Heazlewood continues to perform in a solo capacity.

Members

  • Chris Heazlewood (Guitar/Vocals/Bass/Drums)

Discography

  • Ratfink A Booboo! (1990, A One-Off Productions)
  • Hellmouth 666 Cassette (1991, Xpressway, X/Way 23)
  • Surfs Up In Malibu 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1993, Flying Nun Records, FN222)
  • They Slaughter Small Children, Don’t They 7″ Single (1993, Turbine, TUR004)
  • Badge Or Medallion? 7″ Single (As Heazlewood 1995, Flying Nun Records, FN354)
  • The Ron Asheton Club 7″ EP (1995, Crawlspace, SPACE003)
  • Ca$H Guitar (1996, Flying Nun Records, FN398)

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Omit

Biography

Blenheim-based underground experimental musician of notorious repute:

Outdated synthesizers, delay pedals and tape loops to shape plastic signal patterns and oblique modulations to evoke sprawling voids of nightmarish emptiness

– Jim Haynes in the Wire issue 223

Has recorded on Bruce Russell‘s Corpus Hermeticum, as well as extensively on his own Deep Skin imprint.

Members

  • Clinton Williams (Electronics/Noise/Production, 198? -)

Discography

  • Intromit Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Overcast Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Alienation Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Open Spaces Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Signals Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Disfunctions Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Inception Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Ionspheres Double-Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Fluid Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Transmogification Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Retraction 7″ Ep [1993 Stomach Ache021]
  • Quad Double-Tape / Triple-Cd [Corpus Hermeticum HERMES024-026]
  • The Invision State Lathe-Cut 7″ EP [Trinder]
  • Rundowns Cassette [Self-Released]
  • ‘Fore-Casts’ 7″ EP [1992 W/ Dust Fisheye]
  • Zero Lathe-Cut Double-7″ [Self-Released]
  • Frequency Drop Points Types Lathe-Cut 7″ Ep [Aegri Somnia Vana]
  • ‘Complacency’/’Dissipation’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Self-Released]
  • Slow Movement 7″ [W/ K-Group]
  • Interior Desolation [1998 Corpus Hermeticum HERMES030]
  • Transfusions Cassette [Self-Released]
  • Storage [2001 Collaboration With K-Group Fusetron]
  • Rejector [2003? Anomalous Records]
  • Tracer Double Cd-R [Sysecular]
  • Tracer Double Cd [2005 Reissue Helen Scarsdale HMS005]

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