Last time we checked in on local collective Forrest Bride, they were standing in a handmade earthen house while being photographed for our 10 Artists to Watch in 2010 feature, wherein I probably said something like this about the record they were finishing up at the time:
... [D]on't expect the band's forthcoming album -- which will include "a spaghetti western track, a musique concrete track, and a track composed mostly from a generic exercise in a jazz technique book" -- to sound too much like a Forrest Bride show. Essentially, [guitarist Ben] Marcantel says, it's a dub record -- that is, it utilizes the studio "as an instrument to transform the recorded music, rather than present an idealized version of a live performance or a fleshed-out composition."
Well, that album is out now thanks to Nashville imprint Sebastian Speaks, it's on vinyl, it's called Cats With Wings, and it's getting a release party at Grimey's tomorrow at 6 p.m. The show is free, of course, and you can pick up your copy of the record and catch a live performance.
I particularly enjoyed Marcantel's description of how one song in particular got, uh, "written": " 'Death Kit' was originally just a loop of growling tigers I made from a zoo sounds record and a dissonantly tuned toy scale guitar played with a pipe. ... I gave it to Scott and suggested a beat in the vein of Miles Davis' 'Rated X.' Later, Ryan, Amy, David and Derek added atonal synth and saxophone parts, and the result was a kind of musical horror film, but the one-note bass line and beat transformed the din into a cohesive experience, and the resulting 'song' is a crowd favorite."
While you're at Grimey's, maybe pick up a copy of the new Hands Off Cuba record, From Arrival to Survival, which features the talents of the selfsame Ben Marcantel, along with Scott Martin, Ryan Norris, Jonathan Marx and Amy Marcantel (aka the rest of Forrest Bride), in addition to William Tyler, Cortney Tidwell and Luke Schneider. Much to the consternation of some, you can't download the new HOC record, but you can get it on wax. So doo it.