"Well, Schizo-Tech is here. And woe to you, Old Earth and Sea.
I've been waiting on this monster since the summer, when I heard first
whispers of it. Received an early dubbed cassette copy, which I clung
and listened to like a crystal egg in my front yard in the dark at 3am
with headphones and beer under a titanic willow tree. There were several
sessions like this, accidentally scaring roommates while hiding in the
late night, sneaking smokes with a dying 90s Walkman, oblivious to
everything accept the oblivion on tape.
Black Kaspar's latest cassette is an invitation to the bewitching giants of Bill Zink's
mind, all made reality with the inclusion of a pedigree that is just
as giant in the scopes of experimental music. These roots surrounding
Zink come from a musical family tree
that run extensive and long, both in magnitude of bands, as well as
time. Black Kaspar is a culmination of years borne of members of The Belgian Waffles and Sick City Four, and all three bands of musicians deserve as much as respect devoted to the legends of Borbetomagus, and as much popularity accorded to the revitalization of harsh noise that Hair Police participated in during the earlier 2000s.
"It's sound that I hear in my head," Zink said, "...It's all about
sound...It's one of the first times my improv playing has gone back to
my heavy metal years....I'll never be at home about rock music unless I
can feel it in my body..."
That need to feel a pummeling in your chest is thoroughly examined on
Schizo-Tech. The lead-off track "Space-Truckin' Part II" is that layered
volume, and is the hypnotic impetus that kept me crouched until far too
late in the dark. Beastly electronics, savage guitars, aggressive
horns, frantic drums; it's the mammoth descent led by Dan Willems on a
Hawkwindish bass guitar riff occurring near the seven minute mark that
shifts my mind into my palms and restructures my spine, making
everything indeed sound like a helicopter chewing its blades through a
The title track is a communication with dimensions Unknown, Unnamed,
Feared. A unity of electronics and distortion that I imagine one hears
when crossing to the other side after death by electric shock. The last
track, "Burrowing," triggers riffs through stratums that lead to dusky
places that defy seams.
This Black Kaspar swallows the village of Louisville, as well as the
year of '13 in just these last weeks, pounding out The End for all of
8/30/2010 @ DCE W/DANE WATERS, PSYCHIC STEEL, FIELDED 10/9/2010 @ DCE W/SUPERTRUCK, ADVENTURE 11/20/2010 @ LISA’S W/DISSAPPEARO, THE TEETH 12/11/2010 @ THE LOUNGE W/RUDE WEIRDO, HUMUNGOUS 3/26/2011 @ ZBAR W/HUMUNGOUS, ROOMMATE 6/17/2011 @ DREAMLAND W/SUDDEN OAK, SWANOX, KWJAZ 6/21/2011 @ LISA’S [LOUISVILLE EXP. FEST] W/ PETE FOSCO, ETC 8/10/2011 @ CAHOOTS W/THE MEN, PUSSY KONTROL 9/23/2011 @ DCE [AS COCONUT CRIMEWAVE BIG BAND] 9/28/2011 @ DCE W/ WITCH HAT, ALCOHOL PARTY 10/19/2011 @ ZBAR W/SAVAGES, GANGLY YOUTH 11/12/2011 @ CROPPED OUT FEST [W/CROSS, THE MEN, GUARDIAN ALIEN, ETC] 3/8/2012 @ HARLEY’S W/PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT, WET HAIR, NATIVES 4/12/2012 @ AL’S BAR LEXINGTON KY W/ ARCANE RIFLES, STATE CHAMP 4/13/2012 @ MEDIUMSHIP IND. IN W/CHURCH OF INF. SPACE RITUAL, STATE CHAMP 4/14/2012 @ SOME BAR IN MIL. WI W/ STATE CHAMP AS “STATE TRASH” 4/17/2012 @ PYRAMID SCHEME GRAND RAPIDS MI W/YOUNG WIDOWS 4/18/2012 @ SMALLS DETROIT MI W/YOUNG WIDOWS, GOLDEN TORSO 4/19/2012 @ MAGNETIC SOUTH W/CHURCH OF THE INF. SPACE RITUAL 4/20/2012 @ CHESTNUT HOUSE W/ANWAR SADAT, MURALS 4/21/2012 @ UNDGROUND SNDS. W/ CATHERINE IRWIN, TENDER MERCY 6/30/2012 @ LOUSVILLE EXP. FEST [W/ 16 GUITARS] 7/17/2012 @ CATHOUSE W/ ANWAR SADAT, XMAS BRIDE, STATE CHAMP 7/27/2012 @ LISA’S W/MILK MUSIC, CROSS 8/4/2012 @ NACHBAR THE PAPER ANNIV. PARTY W/DISCOUNT GUNS 8/16/2012 @ ZBAR TOM CARTER BENEFIT W/ R KEENAN LAWLER, SHEDDING, SAPAT 1/8/2013 @ ASTRO BLACK RECORDS W/GUERILLA TOSS, DREEBS 1/31/2013 @ ACE OF CUPS, COLUMBUS OH W/SHVS 33 1/3 2/1/2013 @ SITUATIONS, CHICAGO W/ OOZING WOUND, WUME, ACID BILLY 2/2/2013 @ SKIHOUSE, CARBONDALE IL W/ SHIT FOR BRAINS, LAB PARTNER 2/21/2013 @ P+TY LOUISVILLE KY W/BLACK GOD, BUGS AND RATS 4/28/2013 @ THE RUD W/MARRIAGE, ALCOHOL PARTY 5/10/2013 @ ZBAR W/COLISEUM, ANWAR SADAT 7/28/2013 @ ST. PHILIP NERI PERFORMING "IN C" FOR LEF 8/12/2013 @ FRESH START W/ NO POWER, ASMATIK 9/12/2013 @ PONG CLUB W/LANTERN, WHITE REAPER 11/6/2013 @ LISA'S W/OOZING WOUND, BLOOD PLANET 12/21/2013 @ ZBAR W/STARKILLER, SHEDDING 1/8/14 @ EMPTY BOTTLE CHICAGO ILL W/AXIS:SOVA, CIRCUIT DES YEUX, TODAYS HITS 1/9/14 @ GREEN LANTERN LEX KY W/ CELLULAR CHAOS, WRETCHED WORST 1/31/14 @ STONE FOX NASHVILLE TN W/WEEKEND BABES, DOME 2/1/14 @ HI LO LOUNGE ATHENS GA W/SHADE, LITTLE GOLD, SHAVED CHRIST 2/2/14 @ 97 ESTORIA ATLANTA GA W/ SKIN JOBS 2/3/14 @ CLEARANCE SECTION HAZARD KY W/ GLOBSTERS 3/1/14 @ DREAMLAND W/CAIRO GANG, FAMOUS LAUGHS 3/10/14 @TERRAPIN STATION W/QUAILBONES, R RING 3/11/14 @ CRASHED SOME FUCKING BURGER RECS PARTY 3/12/14 @ BEERLAND, AUSTIN TX W/SPRAY PAINT, DESTRUCTION UNIT, BEN WALLERS, LUSHES, GUERILLA TOSS 3/13/14 @ THE LIBERTY, AUSTIN TX W/ GUERILLA TOSS, YVETTE, LUSHES, CLOUD BECOMES YR HAND 3/14/14 @ HOLE IN THE WALL, AUSTIN TX W/ PILE, TONY MOLINA, SPEEDY ORTIZ, GUERILLA TOSS 3/14/14 @ ARTURO'S AUSTIN TX W/ BLUDDED HEAD, SUR 3/15/14 @ MACKS PLACE, AUSTIN TX W/ NAZI GOLD, TYVEK 7/18/14 @ DECCA 8/22/14 @ EL REY THEATRE, L.A. W/ SLINT 8/25/14 @ THE FILLMORE, SAN FRANCISCO W/ SLINT 8/27/14 @ THE SHOWBOX, SEATTLE W/ SLINT 8/28/14 @ CRYSTAL BALLROOM, PDX W/ SLINT 8/29/14 @ RICKSHAW THEATER VANCOUVER B.C. W/ SLINT 9/28/14 @ CROPPED OUT W/PROTOMARTYR, WHITE REAPER, WISHGIFT 12/4/14 @ KAIJU W/ LOLO + DIRTY PILLOWS 12/5/14 @ RECKLESS RECORDS @ 5PM LATER W/ WISHGIFT, ANWAR SADAT, UNMANNED SHIP @ SITUATIONS 12/10/14 @KINSHIP GOODS, CHARLESTON, WV 12/11/14 @ BATTING CAGES, PHILLY, PA - W/NAH, ANWAR SADAT 12/12/14 @ BARD COLLEGE W/ PALBERTA, VERN, ANWAR SADAT, LALA LALA 12/13/14 @ @SHEA STADIUM, NYC W/CHAT LOGS, ANWAR SADAT 12/14/14 @ RECORD EXCHANGE, PHILADELPHIA, PA W/WATERY LOVE 12/16/14 @ HOWLERS, PITTSBURGH, PA W/NIGHT VAPOR, BUGS AND RATS, IN HEAT 12/17/14 @ RAKE'S END, CINCINNATI, OH W/ PUBLIC HOUSING / SMUT / TARP 12/31/14 @ NACHBAR W/ HUMONGOUS 3/11/15 @ GREEN LANTERN, LEXINGTON KY W/ SUDDEN EDGE, LACE CURTAINS, COBALT CRANES, LAS ROSAS 3/12/15 @ HEADLINERS W/ YOUNG WIDOWS, SHANNON WRIGHT 3/13/15 @ BEAT KITCHEN, CHICAGO, IL W/ YOUNG WIDOWS, SHANNON WRIGHT 4/26/15 @ KAIJU W/OBNOX, SICK VELVET 6/7/15 @ ALS, LEX, KY W/SUDDEN EDGE, BONEHEAVER 6/8/15 @ SMILING SKULL, ATHENS, OH 6/9/15 @ GOLDEN PONY, HARRISONBURG, VA W/ BUCK GOOTER 6/11/15 @ DUSK, PROVIDENCE, RI W/BUGS AND RATS, DOG, FEEDBACK PSYCHOSIS 6/12/15 @ ELKS LODGE, BOSTON MA W/BUGS AND RATS, ED SCHRADERS MUSIC BEAT, LUST 6/14/15 @ THING N THE SPRING, PETERBOROUGH, NH W/ MICHAEL HURLEY, ELISA AMBROGIO, MATT VALENTINE 6/15/15 @ ST VITUS, NYC W/ JAYE JAYLE, SOFT GANG, LUSHES 6/16/15 @ ORTLIEBS, PHILLY, PA W/ QUILT BOY, THROBBING CHAKRA, NICK MILLEVOI TRIO 6/17/15 @ GOOSKIS, PGH, PA W/BROUGHTON'S RULES, MICROWAVES 6/18/15 @ HAPPY DOG, CLEVELAND, OH W/ OBNOX, JUAN WATERS 6/19/15 @ DONOVANS, DETROIT, MI W/ K9 SNIFFIES 6/20/15 @ EMPTY BOTTLE, CHICAGO, IL W/ AXIS:SOVA 6/27/15 UFO ROT REC RELEASE @ AMERICAN TURNERS W/INSECT POLICY AND ECONO HEAD 9/13 @ TU FEST, ST LOUIS MO W/ RUNNING, OOZING WOUND + TONS MORE 9/14 @ KAIJU W/ AXIS:SOVA, SEDIMENT CLUB 9/17 @ BASEMENT BAR, PRAGUE W/ WEIRD OWLS, FUCK IT DUO 9/18 @ HUHNERMANHATTAN, HALLE/SAALE W/ WEIRD OWLS 9/19 @ STORTE, HAMBURG DE W/ ZAGA ZAGA 9/22 @ WILLEMEEN, ARNHEM NL W/ DEAD NEANDERTHALS 9/24 @ WHARF CHAMBERS, LEEDS, UK W/ COWTOWN, LOS PECADORES,COMMISSERATIONS 9/25 @ DIY SPACE FOR LONDON, LONDON, UK W/PERSPEX FLESH, APOSTILLE 9/27 @ MAGASIN 4, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM W/ DESTRUCTION UNIT 9/28 @ LE BOCAL, CAEN, FR 9/29 RENNES, FRANCE W/ ROOM 204 9/30 @ LA RUMEUR, NANTES, FRANCE W/ ROOM 204 10/1 @ L'OLYMPIC, PARIS, FR W/SIDA, PCP MANOR 10/3 @ LE DIAMANT D'OR, STRASBOURG, FRANCE W/ SIDA 10/4 @ ROESSLI BAR REITSCHULE, BERN, SWITZERLAND 10/5 @ DIRTY SOUND, VERONA, ITALY 10/6 @ FREAKOUT CLUB, BOLOGNA, ITALY 10/7 @ DAS WERK, VIENNA, AUSTRIA W/ BANANA JANE 7/16/16 @ ZBAR W/SPACIN' AND GIVING UP 9/25/16 @ KAIJU W/SPRAY PAINT, HEARTS AND MINDS, THEE OPEN SEX
2/15/17 @ CBGB, ST LOUIS MO W/THE STRANGER, GLUED, DEMONLOVER 2/16/17 @ GREEN ROOM WITH PALBERTA, EVAN PATTERSON, CHERYL CHEVROLET 2/17/17 @ JANS ROOMS, BLOOMINGTON IN W/ LAFFING GAS, THEE OPEN SEX 2/18/17 @ SSP, INDIANAPOLIS IN W/ LAFFING GAS, THEE OPEN SEX 2/19/17 @ THE HIDEOUT, CHICAGO W/THEE OPEN SEX, BITCHIN' BAJAS 2/20/17 @ MICKEYS, MADISON WI W/CLEAN ROOM, OUR FRIENDS THE SAVAGES 11/29/17 @ LISTING LOON, CINCINNATI OH W/SLOW CRIMES 11/30/17 @ MAPLE LANES, CLEVELAND OH W/OBNOX + SHAGG 12/31/17 @ EMPTY BOTTLE, CHICAGO IL W/CRAZY DOBERMAN + DESERT LIMINAL
12/6/17 @VILLA VEGAN, MILANO IT W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, HAVAH 12/9/17 @FREAKOUT CLUB, BOLOGNA IT W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, CEREMONIA SECREIETA 12/10/17 @TETRIS, TRIESTE IT W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY 12/11/17 @FLUC, VIENNA, AU W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY 12/12/17 @DUB GALLERY, PARDUBICE CZ W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY 12/13/17 @UNDERDOGS, PRAGUE CZ W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, VOLE, PACINO 12/14/17 @HUHNERMANHATTAN, HALLE DE W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, KLINCH 12/15/17 @ZORO, LEIPZIG DE W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, OCTOPOULPE 12/16/17 @INNOCENT, HENGELO NL W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY 12/17/17 @BARLOK, BRUSSELS BE W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, KING FU 12/18/17 @LA ZONE, LIEGE, BE W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, KING FU 12/20/17 @LA POINT LAFAYETTE W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, L’HOPITEAUX 12/21/17 @BLAH BLAH, TORINO IT W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, BLAK SAAGAAN 12/22/17 @COLORIFICIO KROEN, VERONA IT W/BRUTAL BIRTHDAY, MEANLOVER, BASIC, CAROGNA VENETA