Anywhere

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(Foto: Christina Bixler)

-BIOGRAFIA-

Primo vero progetto extra Mars Volta per Cedric Bixler Zavala (che all’attivo, al di fuori dalla band, aveva solo due brani pubblicati come Alavaz Relxib Cirdec, negli Anywhere Cedric riprende il ruolo di batterista, già suo nei De Facto, cantando anche su alcuni brani. I primi dettagli sono rivelati dallo stesso Cedric a fine 2010, con un post sulla nostra pagina Facebook:

other project is a record with christian (guitar player of triclops!) (me on drums, christian on acoustic with special guest bass player) like a modern day aggressive sandy bull with open tuning on acoustic that has an indian raga feel(not reggae for those who don’t know the difference!)sometimes mellow sometimes angular and fast. no project name yet. christian is releasing a solo joint under the name liquid indian and the music is very similar to that.

Nel settembre 2011, la Valley King Records annuncia un primo 7″ a nome Anywhere intitolato Pyramid Mirrors, nelle due tracce Cedric è batterista e percussionista.

Un secondo 7″, Infrared Moses, viene annunciato a gennaio 2012, in questo secondo episodio Cedric è anche cantante oltreché batterista e percussionista.

Sul suo profilo youtube Cedric avrebbe suggerito l’idea di un lp pubblicato a puntate su altri 7″, in gennaio rivela la trattativa in corso per pubblicare l’album su ATP Recordings. A marzo 2012 arriva l’annuncio ufficiale. Il disco, omonimo, in pubblicazione inizialmente in vinile per il Record Store Day, verrà pubblicato a maggio anche in cd e download digitale proprio su ATP Recordings.

Come si legge nella biografia sulla press release dell’album omonimo, l’incontro tra Cedric Bixler Zavala e Christian Eric Beaulieu avviene nel corso del 2010 alla festa di apertura di una mostra di Sonny Kay, a Los Angeles. Beaulieu, già nei Triclops! (pubblicati dalla stessa Gold Standard Labs di proprietà di Sonny Kay e Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, ricorrente nelle release di Mars Volta e progetti annessi fino al 2007, anno della chiusura) e di recente solista con il moniker Liquid Indian, e Cedric decidono di registrare insieme per poi coinvolgere anche il bassista Mike Watt, una leggenda già attivo con Minutemen, fIREHOSE e Iggy pop & The Stooges, dopo una puntata del suo “Watt From Pedro Show” in cui si esibisce lo stesso Beaulieu: Watt aggiunge il basso alle tracce registrate da Beaulieu con Cedric pochi mesi prima a Los Angeles nell’arco di due giorni e con il supporto del produttore Toshi Kasai. Ad aggiungere due tracce vocali è Rachel Fannan, appena fuoriuscita dagli Sleepy Sun, coinvolta da Beaulieu seppur mai i due si erano incontrati di persona, altre tre tracce vedranno impegnato anche Cedric al canto, il resto saranno strumentali.

Biography:

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 a DJ for 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 the new 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 for the recordings 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 performed vocals on three 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 business partner Justin Mcneal, had started a label called Valley King Records. They agreed to release a pair of singles 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 an ethereal, 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 velocity, other moments emotionally spiraling toward a haunting, ethereal beauty akin to Vashti Bunyan lost in the desert of a desolate western. 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. The sound of stillness amidst chaos, light below the depths, dancing full circle into the center of what could only be called Anywhere.

-BAND-

Cedric Bixler Zavala (batteria, percussioni, voce, elettronica)
Cristian Eric Beaulieu (chitarra, percussioni, stylophone, melodica)
Mike Watt (basso)
Rachel Fannan (voce)
Toshi Kasai (tastiere, toy piano)

-DISCOGRAFIA-

  • Pyramid Mirrors

Annuncio:

Valley King Records next release will be a single for the new ‘supergroup’ project: ANYWHERE. Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In) are joined by Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges) and Rachel Fannan (ex-Sleepy Sun). Recorded by Toshi Kasai (The Melvins, Shrinebuilder). As with all Valley King Records releases, there will be silkscreened cover art by Alan Forbes (signed and numbered by Forbes as well!). The artwork will be released shortly, but you can reserve your copy now! There will be a one-time only pressing of 500!

Christian Eric Beaulieu – Guitars, percussion
Cedric Bixler Zavala – Drums, percussion, electronics
Mike Watt – Bass
Rachel Fannan – Vocals

data di pubblicazione: 13/10/2011

Formato: 7″ vinile nero (500 copie) vendute online, in allegato uno sticker dell’artwork, esistono 50 copie in vinile verde e anche alcune in vinile color argento distribuite ai membri della band, alcune delle copie verdi sono state vendute dalla label via ebay

Label: Valley King Records

Produzione: Toshi Kasai

Artwork: Alan Forbes

Tracklist:
Lato A
Dead Golden West
Lato B
Pyramid Mirrors

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  • Infrared Moses

Annuncio

Valley King Records next release will be the second single for Anywhere! This record will feature a slightly different line-up as Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian) will be on guitars, percussion, stylophone, and melodica; Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In) is handling vocals, drums, and percussion; Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is on bass; and Toshi Kasai (Big Business) is on keys and toy piano. 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

Data di pubblicazione: 3/1/2012

Formato: 7″ vinile nero (500 copie) vendute online, in allegato uno sticker dell’artwork, probabilmente esiste anche per questo 7″ una quantità limitata in diversi colori distrbuita ai membri della band

Label: Valley King Records

Produzione: Toshi Kasai

Artwork: Alan Forbes

Tracklist:
Lato A
Infrared Moses
Lato B
Anywhere

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  • Anywhere

Annuncio:

ATP Recordings are delighted to announce that we will release the debut album from Anywhere – a new collaborative projected started by Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!, Liquid Indian) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In) alongside very special guests Mike Watt (The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen) and providing guest vocals alongside Cedric, Rachel Fannan (ex-Sleepy Sun). This will be the band’s first full release following 2 very limited sold out 7″ singles.

The album will first be available exclusively as part of Record Store Day 2012 which takes place on April 21 (more info at recordstoreday.com) and will be limited to 500 copies on 12″ aqua coloured vinyl (with Download code).

The CD & Digital releases will follow on Monday 14th May with CD and Digital pre-orders available via ATPRecordings.com

Data di pubblicazione: 21 aprile (vinile), 14 maggio (cd e digital download)

Formato: 12″ color acqua (500 copie), cd, digital download

Label: ATP Recordings

Produzione: Toshi Kasai

Artwork: Alan Forbes

Tracklist:
(Lato A)
Pyramid Mirrors
Rosa Rugosa
Khamsin

(Lato B)
Dead Golden West
Anywhere
Shaman Mantra
Infrared Moses

-MEDIA-

Discussione su The Mars Volta Italia Forum “In 13 Seconds”: Anywhere

Vedi anche: Cedric Bixler Zavala, Alavaz Relxib Cirdec

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