domenica 30 aprile 2017
Sounds from underground/File N°70
noise, free-improvisation, with a bit of pleasant melodies? yes, we want «Smoker's Lung Sandwich» is a New York based group that will give you all the psychedelic, outsider experience you're looking for right now. absolutely dig it!
0. name of the band
Smoker's Lung Sandwich
1. where are you from?
We are from Huntington, Long Island, New York, with the exception of our newest member, who is from Smithtown, not far from us.
2. what kind of instruments/equipment you use? do you use some particular record technique? which is your method of composition?
We often use standard rock band instrumentation, such as drums, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and vocals.
Our influences span across many genres of music, artistic and aesthetic styles, so we like to employ an array of tools that allow us to manipulate technology in favor of creating expressive noise. Anything from turntables and scratching obscure records, to broken saxophones, homemade percussion, feedback, prepared guitar and piano, and extended techniques are all to expect in Smoker's Lung Sandwich's oeuvre. We're limited in our recording equipment, since we are college students, so when we record, we use an Android cellphone microphone, since our style is based on collective composition in real time, even if we had the opportunity, we would still prefer to record "live". Our method of composition rarely goes beyond picking a title, picking the instrumentation or mood of the song.
3. what do you think about the music context nowadays and how you place yourself in? do you feel a part of any scene?
We prefer to dissociate ourselves from the musical scene that surrounds us, here on Long Island. We have a large post-hardcore and pop-punk scene, with bands scattered across the island. Just about an hour away from us is New York City, the city is still a large scene of experimental and cutting edge music and art to be found virtually in our backyard, and we hold this very dearly, especially in the realms of abstract and avant-garde art and music. We do not purposelly try to fit in with the scene around us, but generally, we hope that our music inspires other people to explore different venues of expression, and liberate their creative side.
4. do you think that nowadays has still sense talking about "underground"?
With the advent of music sharing hubs such as Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and even Youtube, and social media becoming ever the more so involved in our entertainment affairs, I really think you would purposely have to try to stay unnoticed to have a sense of an "underground". This could be either a good thing, or a bad thing, but it all depends on what direction you believe you wanna go.
5. do you play live? how public react to your music?
We have played 5 shows so far, over the bands 4 year span, our most recent at a house show held by our vocalist Lyle Bernstein, and we received mostly positive reactions, some from friends and family, who may or may not understand what we do, but can appreciate the energy and creativity we put in, and some from people who legitimately appreciate what we do and how we do it.
6. Genesis P-Orridge said "Our records were documents of attitudes and experiences and observations by us and other determinedly individual outsiders. Fashion was an enemy, style irrelevant.". What do your records represent to you?
Our records typically represent our moods and our ideas directly in the moment because of their improvisational nature. We might start with an idea, or a feeling or a musical phrase and take it and expand it for ten minutes or for 30 seconds, but no matter what we do we record it and you can hear the personalities of each member come out. That's really what SLS represents to me, we all have different styles and interests and we never put those interests and styles to the side, but we bring them together in a cacophonic clash or simply on one chord. We've made an album where we experimented with looping spoken word parts, we've made several songs of short grindcore material, we've songs consisting of everyday objects being amplified via contact mics, we've made songs of feedback, we've made songs where we switch instruments 3 or 4 times during its duration, we've even made more traditional blues or garage rock songs, but what ties them all together is that we each have our own approach to what we're playing and we rarely compromise that, but we do know how to play with each other and whoever we bring into our circle becomes aware of that. SLS is not just our 4 current members, but it really is a community, that's why we have house shows, that's why we include many members on our records and that's why individual members will break off and make their own albums without the others under the SLS name. So to sum it up our records are absolutely sporadic and immediate expressions of several personalities coming at you to hopefully make something that you have an emotional connection to. I think that's why people respect our shows as well. Even if they don't know our music or know much about experimental music we always get comments that we were a really unique and enjoyable experience for them, and we're glad that mostly people respect our approach to making music.