Archive for Anywhere

April 2014 news!

Posted in Commissions, Latest Additions, Music, Official Tour Series, Original Art, Paintings, Posters, Valley King Records, Weekly Special with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by Secret Serpents

Alan Forbes was recently commissioned by Sleepy Sun to handle the cover art for their newest CD/LP release ‘Maui Tears’. He decided to take on the task by creating an oil and acrylic painting on wood! The original artwork is now available to purchase in our store!
Click on the images for more information

Sleepy Sun


On sale this month!

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On sale 4/1/14 – 4/6/14
Altamont – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes and Junko Mizuno
Altamont

Legion of Mary – Oregon 1974 by Alan Forbes
Legion of Mary

Swans – Bonnaroo 2013 by Dan Grzeca
Swans

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On sale 4/7/14 – 4/13/14

Golden Void / Hot Lunch / Harsh Toke – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes

Golden Void

High On Fire – Cleveland 2006 by Emek

High On Fire

Swans – Los Angeles 2012 by Justin Kamerer

Swans

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 On sale 4/14/14 – 4/20/14

Dinosaur Jr – Victoria, BC by Patent Pending

Dinosaur Jr

Faith No More – Bucharest 2009 by Marq Spusta

Faith No More

Swans – Helsinki 2013 by John Howard

Swans

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On sale 4/21/14 – 4/27/14

AC Newman – Pontiac, MI 2009 by Lonny Hurley

AC Newman

High On Fire / Torche – Denver 2010 by Tim Lehi

High On Fire

Mudhoney – Mezzago, IT 2012 by Malleus

Mudhoney

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Other news!

International shipping

We’ve started shipping international orders via USPS First Class with tracking. What does that mean for our international customers? Shipping just got a lot cheaper!

Upcoming tour series

Upcoming tour series that we’ve curated include: Graveyard (US tour), Sleepy Sun (US tour), The Sonics (European tour), and Swans (European and US tours).

Upcoming projects by Alan Forbes

A few posters Alan has been working on include Earthless, Goat, and Graveyard. Also keep an eye out for some more merch for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood…

Alan Forbes Benefit

We still have items in the eBay store that was set up for the Alan Forbes Benefit. More items are still being added! Check it out HERE!


Valley King Records updates!

White Manna

We have started taking pre-orders for the next Valley King Records release – White Manna’s ‘Come Down Safari’ LP. This is the second picture disc that we’ve released…and first full length!

As with all Valley King Records releases, this is limited to just 500 copies and artwork is by Alan Forbes. Once they sell out they won’t be repressed! All pre-orders will include a die-cut vinyl sticker based on the artwork. We are also offering a $5.00 discount on all pre-orders!

“Much of the edge of their set – which takes places amidst a backdrop of retina-burning ink projections of purples, blues and whites – comes from vocalist and guitarist David Johnson. He uses each loop of their psychedelic reel to whip himself up into a frothing at the mouth frenzy, to the point where his repeated mantras become unhinged howls, raging against the bone-hard space rock of his four band mates. In a recent interview, Johnson revealed he didn’t pick up a guitar until his late 20’s, which partly explains the primal nature of White Manna’s wonderfully swampy sound: on the one hand they’re heading towards the cosmos, but on the other they possess the raw punk nous of seminal garage bands like The MC5 and The Stooges.” – NME

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We still have a very some of our previous releases in very limited quantities!

AnywhereAnywhere ‘Olompali’ 12″ EP Picture Disc

members of the Melvins, Nirvana, Comets on Fire, and more!

AltamontAltamont ‘Mrs Creech’ 7″

members of the Melvins, Acid King, and Big Business

Black Elk Medicine BandBlack Elk Medicine Band ‘Santa Ana’ 7″

debut release featuring members of Earthless, Trans Am, and Monster Magnet

Feral OhmsFeral Ohms ‘Living Junkyard’ 7″

debut release featuring members of Comets on Fire, Drunk Horse, and Nudity

Pins of LightPins of Light ‘The New Sun’ 7″

members of Dead and Gone, Hightower, and Triclops!


Quick Links!

Secret Serpents Store / Secret Serpents eBay  –   Facebook: Secret Serpents / Valley King Records  –  Instagram: Secret Serpents

New additions to the store…and more!

Posted in Latest Additions, Posters, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2014 by Secret Serpents

We hope everyone had a happy and safe new year! The last few months have been hectic organizing the benefits and fundraising for Alan Forbes….along with keeping up with our regular work. Thanks to everyone who’s helped out – it’s made our job a lot easier! It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update to the store, so here’s a big one…

A Minor Forest – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
A Minor Forest

Altamont – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes & Junko Mizuno
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Comets on Fire – London 2013 by Alan Forbes & Ethan Miller
Comets on Fire – London 2013 by Alan Forbes & Ethan Miller – VARIANT
Comets On Fire

Exodus – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
Exodus

The Fresh and Only’s / Vetiver – NYE San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
Fresh and Onlys

Golden Void / Hot Lunch – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
Golden Void

Nik Turner’s Hawkwind – Oakland 2013 by Alan Forbes
Hawkwind

High On Fire – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
High On Fire


Legion of Mary – Oregon 1974 by Alan Forbes
(commissioned by the Jerry Garcia Estate)
Legion of Mary

Melvins / Redd Kross – NYE San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
Melvins

Poison Idea – San Francisco 2013 by Alan Forbes
Poison Idea

Queens of the Stone Age – Richmond, VA 2013 by Alan Forbes
QOTSA

Thee Oh Sees – Austin 2013 by Alan Forbes
Thee Oh Sees

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Alan Forbes Benefit related additions:

Benefit art print by Alan Forbes (printing donated by Monolith Press)
Benefit print

Benefit sticker by Alan Forbes (printing donated by Diesel Fuel Prints)
Alan Forbes Benefit sticker

Adventures on the Planet of the Apes Vol 1 (donated by Blunt Graffix)
Planet of the Apes

Black Cobra / Lecherous Gaze – San Francisco 2014 by Adam Pobiak (art donated by A. Pobiak, printing donated by Monolith Press)
Black Cobra

Kentucky Fried Football 2013 by Print Mafia (donated by Print Mafia)
Sanders

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In addition to the silent auction that have been set up, we also set up a section in the Secret Serpents store to purchase items (click HERE). We’ve also set up an eBay account dedicated to the benefit (click HERE). We will be adding a TON more items to both areas within the next two weeks, so check back!

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Check out the latest Valley King Records releases:

Anywhere “Olompali” 12″ picture disc
(members of Nirvana, Melvins, Big Business, Comets on Fire, Hella, Triclops!, and more)
Limited to 500 copies
Anywhere

Black Elk Medicine Band “Santa Ana” 7″
(members of Earthless, Monster Magnet, Trans Am)
Limited to 500 copies
Black Elk Medicine Band

Feral Ohms “Living Junkyard” 7″
(members of Comets on Fire, Drunk Horse, and more)
Limited to 500 copies
Feral Ohms

Pins of Light “The New Sun” 7″
(members of Dead and Gone, Hightower, Triclops!, and more)
Limited to 500 copies
Pins of Light

Altamont “Mrs Creech” 7″
(members of the Melvins, Acid King, and Big Business)
Limited to 500 copies
Altamont

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Check us out on Facebook and Instgram for the latest updates!

Problems ordering? Contact us at: info@secretserpents.com

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Anywhere ‘Olompali’ 12″ EP pic disc is now available for pre-order!

Posted in Latest Additions, Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by Secret Serpents

Anywhere have returned! The sonic collective experimentation started by Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops! / Peace Creep), Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta / Zavalaz), and Mike Watt (The Stooges / Minutemen) has expanded it’s identity, unveiling the much anticipated 4 song Olompali EP.

The lineup this time around features Dale Crover (the Melvins / Altamont), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana / Sweet 75), Jonathan Hischke (Hella / EV Kain), Ethan Miller (Comets On Fire / Feral Ohms), Toshi Kasai (Big Business / Altamont), Bret Constatino (Sleepy Sun), Matt Holliman (Sleepy Sun), Cyrus Comisky (Drunk Horse / Howlin Rain), and Christian Eric Beaulieu.

This also marks the first non-7″ for Valley King Records as this is a 12″ EP picture disc! Artwork is by Alan Forbes. Limited to 500 copies.

THE FIRST 100 PRE-ORDERS COME WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ANYWHERE STICKER!

Format: 12″ picture disc
Edition: 500
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: Exclusive sticker for the first 100 pre-orders

Click HERE for pre-order information!

Anywhere

Black Elk Medicine Band ‘Santa Ana’ 7″ now available!

Posted in Latest Additions, Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , on May 20, 2013 by Secret Serpents

Valley King Records most recent release, Black Elk Medicine Band, is now available through our online store HERE! Listed below are a few other places that carry Valley King Records releases!

San Francisco: 
Aquarius Records
1055 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94110
tel 415.647.2272
store@aquariusrecords.org

San Diego:
Thirsty Moon Records
525 A Evans Place
San Diego, CA 92103
tel 619-542-1500
thirstymoonrecords@sbcglobal.net

Online:
All That Is Heavy
Midheaven Mailorder
Thrill Jockey Records

We also have the original artwork by Alan Forbes available that comes with a copy of the record on colored vinyl (only 50 on colored vinyl were made!). Click HERE for more info!

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Check out Aquarius Records recent review of the Black Elk Medicine Band – Santa Ana single:

The latest from local label Valley King, is the first release from Black Elk Medicine Band, the solo project of Isaiah Mitchell of recent aQ Record Of The Weekers Golden Void, as well as psych rock shredders Earthless, and in BEMB, at least on this single, Mitchell is joined by Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach, The Fucking Champs, etc.) and John McBain of the mighty Monster Magnet (and Carlton Melton!). You’d never know it on the B side, which just happens to be the one we listened to first – a dark, brooding, seventies sounding psychedelic drift, swirling soft tangles of slow burn guitar shred smolder, draped over a thick, ominous sprawl of sinister synth buzz, sounding like Mitchell’s homage to Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain”, the same sort of dark psych brood, tense and emotional and moody.

But flip the record over, and Mitchell and crew let loose with a heady barrage of spaced out psych that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Golden Void or Earthless record. A simple skeletal programed rhythm pulses away beneath clouds of heavily flanged riffage, and yep, some seriously soaring heart of the sun shredding, sounding almost like a snippet of a much longer jam, fading in, the action already underway, the band locked into some seriously tripped out psychedelic mesmer, Mitchell laying down another blast of tangled super emotive guitar god leads, over a tranced out motorik background, eventually fading out, as if the actual jam, the one we just got a single side glimpse of, continued well on into the forever.

LIMITED TO 500 NUMBERED COPIES!! In a swank sleeve featuring all new artwork from artist Alan Forbes, each one signed!

Black Elk Medicine Band

 

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We have also found some copies of some of our sold out singles! Click on the images for more information!

VKR703 – Golden Void “The Curve” 7″

Golden Void

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VKR704 – Spiders “Nothing Like You” 7″

Spiders

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VKR705 – Anywhere “Pyramid Mirrors” 7″

Anywhere

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 VKR706 – Anywhere “Infrared Moses” 7″

Anywhere

 

 

Valley King Records releases on colored vinyl on eBay!

Posted in Valley King Records with tags , , , , on April 4, 2012 by Secret Serpents

We just listed colored vinyl copies of the Valley King Records releases on eBay! Each copy is limited to only 50 copies! Also, the covers on each are printed on different paper than the editions of 500.

Click HERE for more info!

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New additions, eBay store, and more!

Posted in Latest Additions, Music, Official Tour Series, Posters, Valley King Records with tags , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Secret Serpents

New to the webstore is Alan Forbes latest poster for psych rockers Sleepy Sun. The edition is very small for this one!

Sleepy Sun – Santa Cruz 2012

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We’ve added more scratch and dent tubes to store! These are blind tubes this time around (meaning we aren’t taking requests on bands / genres / artists). There will be a minimum of 4 posters per tube…most have had more and extras…

Scratch and dent tube limited time special

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We are going through the archives and putting up more posters and other merch in our eBay store in ‘Buy It Now’ and ‘Auctions’ formats. Keep an eye on both areas as we will be adding a ton more!

eBay store (for Auction items), Click HERE!
eBay store (for Buy It Now items), Click HERE!

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For those who pre-ordered the latest Anywhere single, Infrared Moses, on Valley King Records, we have good news! All orders have shipped so keep an eye out! For those who missed the pre-order, we are sold out but there will be a limited amount available soon at the following locations:

Midheaven Mailorder
http://www.midheaven.com

Aquarius Records
http://www.aquariusrecords.org

All That Is Heavy
http://www.allthatisheavy.com

New additions to the store!

Posted in Latest Additions, Live Shows, Music, Official Tour Series, Original Art, Posters, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by Secret Serpents

Thee Oh Sees / The Fresh & Onlys NYE San Francisco – silkscreened poster by Alan Forbes

Thee Oh Sees / The Fresh & Onlys NYE San Francisco – original artwork by Alan Forbes

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We only have a handful of pre-order copies left of the new Anywhere “Infrared Moses” 7″. This is Valley King Records second release for Anywhere, which consists of Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian), Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In), and Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE). They are joined by Toshi Kasai (Big Business) on this recording!

You can pre-order by clicking HERE!

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We are also taking orders now for the limited Valley King Records t-shirt! Pre-ordering now is the only way to guarantee your size, so don’t miss out! We will stop taking pre-orders on January 15th. Pre-orders will start shipping at the end of January. All pre-orders will come with extra shwag! Click HERE for more info!

Happy New Year from Secret Serpents!

Anywhere “Infrared Moses” limited edition 7″ pre-order information…and more!

Posted in Latest Additions, Music, Original Art, Valley King Records with tags , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Secret Serpents

Valley King Records next release will be the second single for Anywhere! This record will feature a slightly different line-up: Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian), Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In), Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and Toshi Kasai (Big Business). This release, as with all Valley King Records releases, will have silkscreened packaging with art by Alan Forbes (who is widely known for his album cover art for The Black Crowes, AFI, and many others!). This will be a limited pressing of 500 copies. The last Anywhere single sold out VERY quickly, so get this one while you can!

Christian Eric Beaulieu – guitars, percussion, stylophone, melodica
Cedric Bixler Zavala – vocals, drums, percussion
Mike Watt – bass
Toshi Kasai – keys, toy piano

Format: 7″
Edition: 500 on black vinyl
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: signed / numbered by Alan Forbes; exclusive vinyl sticker

If you pre-ordered their first single, Pyramid Mirrors, through us, we will try our best to send out matching numbers!

We will start taking pre-orders for the Anywhere “Infrared Moses” 7″ on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 9:00 am PSD.

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The original artwork for the Pyramid Mirrors single is available. Alan uses a brush and inkwell on bristol on all of his originals (no computers, pens, or correction fluids!), which is a lost art these days! The original artwork comes with a copy of the single on colored vinyl! Click HERE for more information! We will also be offering the original artwork for the Infrared Moses single with a copy of the record on colored vinyl when it’s available.

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We will still be taking orders for the limited Valley King Records shirts until January 15th. We are only making up to 50 of these….and all shirt pre-orders will come with extra swag! Click HERE for more information on the shirt pre-order!

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Current Valley King Records releases:
VKR701 – Sweet Apple (J Mascis and members of Witch, Cobra Verde, Guided By Voices)
VKR702 – Carlton Melton (members of Zen Guerrilla)
VKR703 – Golden Void (members of Earthless and Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound)
VKR704 – Spiders (members of Graveyard and Witchcraft)
VKR705 – Anywhere (members of Triclops!, The Mars Volta, Sleepy Sun, w/ Mike Watt) / SOLD OUT

Happy New Year from Valley King Records and Secret Serpents!</stron

Anywhere “Pyramid Mirrors” in stores!

Posted in Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2011 by Secret Serpents

We are sold out of the most recent Valley King Records release, the ANYWHERE ‘Pyramid Mirrors’ EP, but there are a few stores that have them in (very limited) stock.

San Francisco:
Aquarius Records
1055 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94110
tel 415.647.2272
store@aquariusrecords.org

San Diego:
Thirsty Moon Records
525 A Evans Place
San Diego, CA 92103
tel 619-542-1500
thirstymoonrecords@sbcglobal.net

ONLINE:
Midheaven Mailorder
All That Is Heavy

We also have the original artwork by Alan Forbes available that comes with a copy of the record on colored vinyl (only 50 on colored vinyl were made!). Click HERE for more info!

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Check out Aquarius Records recent review of the Pyramid Mirrors single:

Local label Valley King are on fire, after singles by local space rockers Carlton Melton, SF psych stoners Golden Void, witchy Swedish rockers Spiders and Sweet Apple, the project of Witch’s Dave Sweetapple, comes this, the debut from L.A. supergroup Anywhere, which we have to say, we were a wee bit skeptical about. Not just because of the often bandied about ‘supergroup’ tag, but also cuz it seemed like a strange hodgepodge member-wise, Cedric Bixler Zavala of The Mars Volta and At The Drive In, Christian Eric Beaulieu of the late great Triclops!, Mike Watt of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE obviously, and finally Rachel Fannan from SF dreampsych combo Sleepy Sun. Weird right? The label explains how these folks all fell in together, but even then we weren’t sure what to expect, but whatever it was, it wasn’t this, a weird sort of psychedelic rhythmic acoustic guitar driven dronerock, laced with electronics, and tabla like percussion, a bit proggy and druggy and dreamy, the A side plays out like the first movement of an epic sidelong prog masterpiece, the guitars lush and shimmery, those tabla sound rhythms often run through glitched out effects, the melodies majestic and soaring, some classic sixties psych guitar laid over the top, it’s a shame it ends after only 5 minutes, when we had been plotting out the rest of the imagined song in our heads. Needless to say, it was a hugely pleasant surprise and had us hankering for more.

The B side adds vocals to the mix, Fannan’s hazy stoned croon, perfectly complimented by the warm, whirling acoustic strum and toy xylophone like percussion, the song ebbing and flowing in soft swells, even more than the first side, sounding like some lost sixties band, all Laurel Canyon, witchy folk flecked psychedelic classic rock, brooding and moody and darkly dreamy. Gorgeous stuff for sure, and here’s hoping they can manage a full length!

LIMITED TO 500 COPIES! Already sold out, we have the last 20 copies, and then this is gone for good. Like the other Valley King releases, super swank sleeves with striking cover art by artist Alan Forbes, signed and numbered, includes a sticker as well.

Valley King Records: Anywhere

Posted in Music, Valley King Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by Secret Serpents

Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Fresh off years of writing and touring as co-founder of Bay Area acid punk extremists Triclops!, Christian decided to immerse himself in the resonant universe of acoustic guitar and began performing solo under the moniker Liquid Indian. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, he befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was DJing  the event. The two exchanged numbers and planned to record something acoustic rooted in the open tuning, eastern raga style Christian was delving into. Months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked an album’s worth of material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on “The Watt from Pedro Show” as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen). After the show, before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass on the new material, and boldly asked Watt if he’d contribute. Watt agreed immediately, and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles. Having never met Christian before, Rachel generously contributed vocals to two of the songs, while Cedric added vocals to three of the tracks leaving the rest to exist as instrumentals.

While searching for a label to release the album, Christian solicited the talent of SF psychedelic poster artist Alan Forbes. During a meeting to discuss art concepts, Alan revealed that he, along with his Secret Serpents partner Justin McNeal, had started a label called Valley King Records. They agreed to release the debut Anywhere album as a series of limited edition silk screened cover 7″s, all signed and hand numbered by Forbes.

The music captured on this material is a unique, resonant execution of what could be described as eastern acoustic punk. Likened to the voyeurism of Sandy Bull, Sir Richard Bishop, or Jack Rose style raga’s reinterpreted at times with Drive Like Jehu, Minutemen punk energy, other moments emotionally spiraling toward a haunting ethereal beauty akin to Vashti Bunyan or Grace Slick serenading desert ghosts on a lost Herzog soundtrack. Blending acoustic and minimal electric guitars with a multitude of percussion instrumentation, digital tabla machines, sci fi electronics and feedback, this avant garde collective of envelope pushing splatter artists have created a new presence. Modern mantras of electric silence that fuse consciousness into a recording of vibrant, transitional material  blending geographic as well as cultural diversity within the rhythms. Stillness amidst chaos, light below the depths, awareness of life turning into music, living inside the search for the sound.