Rodent and Insect Eliminator
Savage, noisy, and sprawling improv from one of AWP's earliest sessions, subtly but effectively refined and remixed from no-fi to low-fi by Gary Ramon of Sundial.
"A quick trip to a psychedelic
plane where Sun Ra's rocksichord pumps up the volume alongside krautrock
kozmik kouriers Ash Ra Temple, while the long shadow of Dada godfather
Marcel Duchamp blots out the sun."
"The thing about the band name and
the album title is -- well, they're not really kidding. [... It] most
of the time really does sound like an amplified version of one of those
white noise generators that you're supposed to plug into your lawn to
make gophers and moles scurry away. The only question is whether or
not that sounds like something you're likely to want to listen to."
Stewart Mason, All Music Guide (see the whole review)
Rodent and Insect Eliminator extract (mp3, size 418KB, length 1:25, reduced quality)
Available from Sympathy for the Record Industry
Nug Yar LP
Producer and guest drummer Gary Ramon brought out the Krautrock in us during these gloopy and bubbly tracks... you'll never need to visit the Marianna Trench again. Sav X plays bass. At least one member of Pestrepeller was pissed off while this LP was recorded and his anger and frustration are plain to hear - all the better for you dear listener.
Limited 'artefact snob' edition of 99 copies, one of a series of 4 records supposedly recorded on antique equipment, by various artists - SOLD OUT.
| The Cruel Sea CD(R)
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Recorded 15th Feb 1998 - Released 6th Nov 2003
Cruel Sea excerpt (mp3, size 472KB, length 1:36, reduced quality)
Nautical-flavoured improv battle between a moog-wielding Pestrepeller and the Chelsea Madrigal Group, singing to save their lives. Our wildest recording yet!
Prepare yourself for this gem of free-improvised-found-sound-collage enriched with dark pagan folky vibes and supernatural horror noise dedicated to HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Austin Osman Spare!
Honourary Pestrepeller members on this release: voice artiste and blues musician Rob Brown and ex-Medicine Head member Peter Hope-Evans.
Cover art is an image supplied by Martin Stone, guitarist with MIGHTY BABY and CHILI WILLI AND THE RED HOT PEPPERS.
This record was produced and recorded by former members of cult bands THE HOMOSEXUALS and MILK FROM CHELTENHAM.
"With security the most amusing and also entrueckteste
Improv CD of the yearly... Before five years [Pestrepeller] left in the Londoner
studio all raus, of which small girls are afraid: zerkratzte and infiltrated
if Folk Attitueden, which marches loud monotonous or pedals on the place, form
the wobbly surface, on which old, concrete-placed underneath electronics and
adamitische Vocals between first word and bright frightening grow together to
hippieskem Surrealismus. Despite that she encircling and actually pleasantly
looking fabulous creatures in the form of houses and huts on the Cover, will
awake the delicate Alice naturally not from her nightmareful drug intoxication.
Parallel the black prince for responsible is explained, to Robinson Crusoe however
must wait further for the day before yesterday."
(Roughly translated excerpts of a review by Ed Benndorf from De:Bug Magazine, Sept 2006, Germany)
"Isle of Dark Magick has a chilling sense of dread about
it... perfectly primed for reading horror novel or late night wonderings...
Odd half sounds appear and disappear that could be human or animal, or beast
from out of our time... Enter at your own peril, but remember to have your imagination
(from a review by Roger Batty, Music Machine)
"This is a well crafted soundscape of harsh drones with
disturbingly pleasant overtones. All the songs sound very deliberate, as if
the artists deliberately intended to wedge a sonic crowbar into your brain and
lean on it, slowly exposing your consciousness to daylight and your subconscious
at the same time. Sonically, the phrase “dark squeal drone” will
have to suffice, except for track 5, the only track with lyrics, which seems
to be a gentle reminder not to take the CD too seriously. This disc is good
medicine: it’s a little tough to swallow, but you’ll feel better
for it. Brilliant and masterful."
(KFJC On-Line Reviews)
"Channelling early Tangerine Dream through a series of
spasmodic communal freakouts, Pestrepeller's droning jams combine trancelike
noise with electric squalls, sci-fi keyboard sounds and wordless vocal chants.
Hope-Evens's hammy voiceover on "The Smell of Wet Fur In The Rain"
threatens to tip the whole thing over into absurdity, but the epic sprawl and
sustained impact of the music retain an undiluted potency".
(Tom Ridge, The Wire, July 2006)
Isle of Old Dark Magick [sic] also appeared in The Wire's Office Ambience playlist in the August 2006 issue.
"There's a kind of loopy charm to the oddball British
band Pestrepeller, a collection of artist-musicians who specialize in random
electronic noises that alternate between the spooky chaos of "Dismembered
Dead Things" ... and the Brian Eno-style ambience of "No Screeches
and Snakes and Deep Dark Menaces."
"Pestrepeller treat you on a considerable wodge of free-improvised-found-sound-collage.
There they throw still a much more considerable part of pagan folk vibes and
supernatural horror noise across. The result is, trippy dark and psyhedelic
and at the most beautiful moments a splattering mix of dada and Sun Ra."
(rough Babelfish translation of a Dutch review on Konkurrent)
Read this Boomkat review (with excerpts).
Pestrepeller join forces with the Opalio Brothers for an incredible limited edition split album; also a picture disc with mind-bending artwork by Pestrepeller's Savage Pencil and My Cat Is An Alien's Robert Opalio. The Pestrepeller side is a twenty-minute psychedelic epic that starts with a journey through a wind tunnel and ends up on the back of a giant churning bass-driven streamroller which flattens all in its path. This sees the core Pestrepeller trio of Sav X, Ed and Harley joined by 1) Sharon Gal on aforementioned bass and 2) returning collaborator Peter Hope-Evans. We'll tell you about the MCIAA side when we hear it. Produced by Toby Robinson of Nazgul 'fame'.
Read the Press release.
Limited Edition of 500 copies, available from Rhythm Online.
V/A - Noises for the Limb -
a tribute to the Bonzo Dog Band CD
Includes the following track by Pestrepeller:
The original Bonzo Band version of 'the Leg' imagines the theramin being played at a medieval English court. The short version (a paltry 5 mins) of our cover extends this into a scrumptious keyboard and moog piece which sits neatly amongst an appropriately eclectic and eccentric set of modern reworkings of Bonzo gems.
Noises for the Leg extract (mp3, size 242KB, length 0:49, reduced quality)
A limited edition of 499, available via the Wood Records website.
V/A - Four Years in 30 Seconds
LP / CD
Includes the following tracks by Pestrepeller:
Snatches of abstract sounds from the likes of Faust, Merzbow, Lee Ranaldo and Konstruktivists. Every track on this concept release is 30 seconds long. The CD includes the entire LP twice (once forwards, once backwards). A great introduction to 'noise' music.
V/A - Spooky Sounds of Now
Book & CD
CD includes the following Mystery Dick track:
A beautifully-packaged horror-themed collection of comic strips, artwork and music from some cracking underground artists and musicians - John Bagnall, Yo La Tengo, Ron Rege, Jad Fair, Chris Reynolds, Two Dollar Guitar, The Yummy Fur, for starters. Mystery Dick's contribution is a death march recorded the day of Princess Diana's funeral.
V/A - Sunken Chambers
Includes an excerpt from the notorious 'Volcano tape' by Ed Pinsent & Harley Richardson.
EAR - Pestrepeller CD/LP
Includes 'Beyond the Point of No Return' (parts I & II)
Sonic Boom used AWP's 'Rodent and Insect Eliminator' CD as the sound source for these two tracks, transforming it unrecognisably in the process. The result sounds like a procession of spacecraft taking off from the Moon.
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