test apes = max brody [ministry] and danny barnes [bad livers]. this record represents many trips across the puget sound in a ferry so we can jam. we wanted to make a record expressing the sheer joy of music/noise as a concept unto itself.
both of us are pure music freaks with lots of records in crates and on shelves. we wanted to make something that was our very own thing, with a visual component as well [there are accompanying videos for many of these songs that will be appearing]. as inveterate tinkerers, we already have the basics for another record ready.
references for this music are soundtracks to old movies, '60s era scores and compilation albums, punk rock, metal, avant garde, ambience, radio drama, old westerns and sci fi, cheap paperback novels, hee haw, and noise. jeff pinkus, bassist for the butthole surfers and honky was the mutual friend that insisted over several years that brody and barnes work together.
this is one of them there, what you might call "debut recordings".
I can't stop listening to Maintain. First time I heard it was performed with Jeff Austin Band and it was an instant favorite. It is a really great album for zoning out. It's like floating in the ocean past the breaking point, where the waves lift you but submerge you at the same time. Marisa Muldoon
Weirdo combo of banjo pickin' and guttural, primordial synthbass-beats. I always tilt my head to one side a bit, stick my tongue in my cheek, and groove to this with a kind of breezily defiant and good-natured feeling in my step. Alex Alexander