By pushing the boundaries of what a bow and a pair of drumsticks can deliver, the Montreal-based viola and drums duo Hangedup mesmerized audiences for years. The band steadily expanded its strategies and sonics over its 5-year history and was at the peak of its powers with Clatter For Control, the third and final full-length. Gen’s bi-amplified viola rig, linked to a live audio looper, creates a vortex of jigs, reels and air-raid drones, pummeled along by some of the heaviest polyrhythmic skinbeating we’ve ever heard. An unbelievably beautiful racket that finds the band utterly on fire, swooping and slamming around with varying degrees of controlled chaos. Both noisier and more melodic than anything they had yet put to tape, Hangedup raised their compositional and improvisational bars on Clatter For Control. Eric and Gen played as if sharing the same cortex and spine.
“Klang Klang”, “Go Let’s Go” and “Junk The Clatter” are the structured, syncopated anchors for an album that ventures deep into noise and improv territory, drenched in beautiful distortions and saturations, the each player listening and responding to the other. “Fuck This Place” adds electric bass by Harris Newman (solo, Hrsta, Sackville) and also marked Hangedup’s first use of vocals, with Gen screaming through her viola pick-up as the song growls through crackling punches. Quieter textural explorations like “A Different Kind Of Function” offer brief respite from the onslaught.
1. Klang Klang
3. A Differant Kind Of Function
6. Go Let's Go
8. Fuck This Place
9. How We Keep Time
10. Junk The Clatter
Running time: 00:42:56
LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl, and comes in a 100% thick paperboard jacket with 12"x12" cardstock artwork insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve.
Eric Craven: sticks
Genevieve Heistek: bows
GUESTSHarris Newman: bass on TRACK 8
Recorded and mixed at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal by Efrim, 2003-2004. TRACK 7 recorded live at Instant Chavires in Paris by Etienne Foyer. Mastered at Grey Market by Harris Newman.