We have a new band.
I feel this is justified. I’ll explain.
A couple of years ago Aaron Osborne loaned Drew a bunch of his vintage synthesizers while he had his floors re-done. Drew started messing with them, making 4-track tape recordings as he figured them out, at night after his family had gone to sleep. These experiments resulted in an album and a project name, “Night Mode.” The album will be out soon.
Most of the synths are still at Drew’s.
His adventures reminded me of some drum synth ideas we’d had even longer ago when we first saw Expo 70. I started playing with some software sequencers, then doing overdubs, then selling Drew on the idea that it would be ridiculous for us each to have separate synth side projects, and now I have a Night Mode record too. It will be out later.
We have more ideas. We’re going to get Matt and Damon Mar from Marsynth involved. I suppose it could be called a collective, with Drew exercising some editorial influence.
It’s different enough from our other music – by turns krautrock-influenced, ambient, droning, sampled and twisted beyond recognition – that it definitely needed a name. It’s an entirely different mode of music-making.