new to stock as of
july 27th, 2010
|independent exhibitions (australia) #ip02 ep|
sky needle “time hammer” seven inch single record
- sweet 16 snorks
- time hammer
- the stain
|june 2010 release ; always love a good art-gallery edition of “experimental instrument music” ...|
this trio here, consisting of nature strip boss / sound-artist joel stern & visual artists ross manning & alex cuffe goes for a kind of primal tribalism, savaging their self-built instrumental arrays (“latex pump horns”, “elastic dust shovel”, “bass speaker box”) in a monochord kinda way that recalls the monks inasmuchas it does terry riley ...
nice edtiion to boot ; the just over-sized, hand-made-feeling sleeve holds the white-label single in it’s pocketed grasp ... with a slightly different presentation this could easily be seen as veering into alga marghen territory, yet it remains rooted in rock & roll ... very cool single !!!
|independent exhibitions press release...|
band: sky needle
release: time hammer 7”
date: june 2010
label: independent exhibitions
edition: 200 copies
sky needle is a primitive rock band from brisbane, australia whose ‘musical’ instruments are handmade experimental sculptural objects conceived and built by the artists. these unique instruments produce sounds that sometimes resemble traditional music, and other times birth a form of bizarre new music.
joel stern (latex pump horns)
ross manning (elastic dust shovel)
alex cuffe (bass speaker box)
stern, one third of the collective otherfilm, brings his bag of cheap tricks from an experimental film and sound practice. “rough diamond”, manning takes a sidetrack from serious art shows at the mca and milani gallery, playing with disposable objects of sound. cuffe mutates together his love of scientific and artistic experiments, releasing the frankenstein within.
|the music, well, let’s talk about the music. it’s stalking, eerie, the night stumblings of a pot addict; a literal time hammer bearing down the weight of its metronomic corrosive mechanism onto a skull that’s ready to step into flight mode. oh, and the sweet meandering sounds of what could be a kids’ learners trumpet, but in fact… could be that tacky orange pvc piping? as sky needle say, “we are a couple of steps up from banging rocks together in a cave and a couple of steps down from modern music”. you can hear in there, the influences of the repetitive abrasion of late 80’s new york post punk/no wave, but it’s got more rhythm and more soul. perhaps somewhere between post punk and free jazz. hell, why not throw in a bit of african folk, outsider noise and distortionist gregorianism? the one-liner describing their sound: uncle fester discovers alchemy.|
sky needle: anxious objects – sarah werkmeister (independent press, issue 1, summer 2009)