Sara Lund has been providing beats and exploring rhythm since age 11. She is best known for her work as the drummer for Unwound (1992-2002). Sara's recent projects include Hungry Ghost, and The Corin Tucker Band, as well as both 77Boadrum & 88Boadrum orchestras with the Boredoms (and 76 & 87 other drummers). It is tremendously refreshing to hear her improvising on record, pushing the music and helping to forge a fresh amalgam in the process.
Thollem is a perpetually traveling musician and serial collaborator A brief cross-section of his many collaborators include members of The Stooges, The Minutemen, Deerhoof, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Can, Unwound and many more. Some of his many projects include Tsigoti, The Hand To Man Band, and Bad News From Houston. Thollem has released more than 50 albums of his own and in collaboration with many others on 22 different vanguard labels.
Sam Coomes (Quasi) sums up the dynamic of Conformity Contortion handily in the liner notes for Impulsive Machinations (their album on New Atlantis)... “Lund comes at improvisation from a rock angle, and Thollem comes at rock from an improvisational angle, and they collide in a volatile and elusive zone, where you can hear the thought process, the disposition, the musical history of the players as they push and pull each other into mutually simpatico musical spaces, on the fly… For me, the concept of freedom that really matters is, how free does the music make you feel?”
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Road warrior Thollem (he literally lives on tour) is a pianist and electric keyboardist maestro who’s eclectic resume counts recent collaborations with cornetist Rob Mazurek and a trio with the dearly-departed experimental pioneer Pauline Oliveros and guitarist Nels Cline, among countless other scene giants. Those free-improv fireworks Thollem has made his indelible mark on forge ahead with Perception Management, the second set of interstellar psych-rock overdrive spewed out by Conformity Contortion, the face-melting duo he shares with legendary drummer Sara Lund of Unwound, Corin Tucker Band and Hungry Ghost fame. Like their 2014 debut Impulsive Machinations, Thollem and Lund put the electric keyboard-splattered and drums-bashing pedal to the metal on the Sun Ra-meets-PacWest post-punk fire music thrash of Perception Management. Thollem’s partners in improvisational adventures run far and wide but Lund is his ultimate kindred spirit.
New Atlantis Records presents Impulsive Machinations, the debut full length from Conformity Contortion.
Comprised of Thollem Electric on distorted Fender Rhodes, and kinetic drummer Sara Lund, the duo's sound is monolithic, rollicking and forceful - the sum of Thollem's coiling, fluid lines and Sara's thunderous backbeats made manifest. Conformity Contortion kicked off from Thollem Electric's Keyngdrum Overdrive, a series of recordings documenting Thollem playing in duo with a wide-ranging cadre of drummers. Recorded with a digital portable stereo recorder, the sessions are informal and spirited, ably reflecting the prescience and symbioses afforded by great sessions of free improvisation. This is Thollem's second release with New Atlantis- the first, Dub Narcotic Session, documented his collaboration with drummer Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Music with a sense of place and reverence for that which has come before, unrepentant in its willingness to shirk the confines of genre for the sake of making something new. Impulsive Machinations comes out June 24, 2014!
Live recording at the Record Room on Union Pole Records
Available as a Digital Download.
Extreme keyboardist Thollem lets it loose on a Fender Rhodes propelled forward by Sara Lund's snare pops and cymbal grabs. To re-quote a
wise man, "Like Sun Ra landed on planet Unwound."
In-Store concert at the Record Room - Portland, Oregon, USofA - July 27, 2013
Sara Lund (Unwound, Hungry Ghost, Corin Tucker Band) - Drums
Thollem (Tsigoti, Hand To Man Band) - Rhodes/analog effects
Photo by: Angela C Villa