As the halfway point of 2019 approaches, with its increasingly torturous weather pretty much forcing the delicate and the lazy indoors for extended periods, we may have to accept that it will be late autumn before the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble again picks up the milk frothers, baby monitors, potato mashers, plastic flamingos and all the other tools of the trade. Don’t be surprised if you find them working at build-your-own-yogurt shops in a suburban mall where air conditioning, bathroom breaks, and the acoustic glories of hidden stairwells are plentiful and guaranteed.
Their third album of the year arrives in early July, Soiled Gas Mask. Twelve tracks. Fifty-seven minutes. Beaucoups tape manipulation of bonehead evangelicals. American as rigging an election.
Following closely behind is a reissue of Noncanonical Gospels From The Cult Of The Immortal Tapir, originally released on cassette by our friends at Coherent States in Greece. The BuFMS CDR edition will be in a jewel-box with bloody tapir fur affixed to the outer shell. Inside is a book adorned with artwork by Ace Farren-Ford, and as bonus tracks, all three songs from the Refreshing Hemorrhage seven-inch, which have not been previously available on disc or for download.
At some point, BuFMS will do another run of the black T-shirt with their corporate swastika on the front. Go to our Facebook page and comment if you’re interested.
Threatening to see the noxious haze of daylight before year’s end is their cover of Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii. Anyone whose mind was sawed in half by The Stallion’s liberties-hogging interpretation of The Wall released by In The Red stands a chance of not hating what the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble does to the soundtrack to their legendary concert film. They don’t come at it sideways so much as burrow through the dirt underneath and pop their heads out in various places like moles trying to ambush a housecat. Hands with no arms. Torso like a leftover chile relleno. You know how it is.
We might finally get a look at Distorted And Sputtering — 101 Things About The Butte County Free Music Society, the large and rambling oral history that has been in the works for close to a decade. According to the author, Addison Fenwick (a name some readers might recognize from a “leave Stockhausen alone” guest editorial in Bananafish #16), many of the holes and omissions that prevented the book’s completion have been plastered over well enough that no one will notice until it’s too late. We may expect a simultaneous availability (in an extremely limited amount) of Induced Music Spasticity, the quadruple-LP that started this all, as well as a new BuFMS disc anthologizing previously unreleased sounds.
Most of the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble catalog — more than twenty albums of screeches, recitations, injured vocalizations, inexplicable flurries of bleeps, bloops 'n' splats, and general oh-my-god-how-long-does-this-go-on-for — are available at Bandcamp for download or free streaming.
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