ONE THOUSAND PULSES presents
DATE OF PERFORMANCE: Saturday, December 3
DOORS OPEN @ 7:30 PM / PERFORMANCE @ 8 PM
$8 for advance/reserve seating, $10 at the door
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Come join us on December 3 for OTP’s final event of 2011, featuring one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets, the experimental trio known as Serious Fun
Serious Fun features the original poetry of John Hammel (vocals, harmonica, melodica) supported via improvisational music courtesy of Peter Biedermann (electric & acoustic guitars, electronics) and Anthony Lamort (keyboards, electronics, sampling). This is a trio whose music defies easy categorization: neither ‘jazz’ by any stretch, or anywhere near ‘rock’ music or even something resembling what most would consider to be strictly ‘electronic’ by nature, Serious Fun wipe out in one fell swoop the boundaries between contemporary experimental musics.
Hammel’s gothic homespun, equal parts Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, and Robert Wyatt, positively aches throughout the guitar-webbed soundworld Biedermann cooks up, spiced considerably by Lamort’s unorthodox synth & mysterioso keyboard accompaniment. Call it ‘avant-Americana’, if you will—this is the stuff of fever dreams hatched by auteurs David Lynch and Derek Jarman, writ into a kind of grand guignol aural noir.
The thrust of Serious Fun can be found on their two recordings, The Red House Panties
, and An American Anthem
, featuring work penned by Hammel during the early 1990′s in a purgative burst after spending approximately three years immersed in novelists such as James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, and James Ellroy. Hammel channels the seedier undercurrents of the American experience via his smoked voice and ghostly harmonica, while bandmates Biedermann and Lamort sort and sift through varying patterns of near Frippian-guitaroid menace and subversive analog burbles that act like sonic earworms gnawing in to the psyche.