Rich Millman (Zen Guerrilla) - guitar / synth
Andy Duvall (Zen Guerrilla)- drums / guitar
John Steuernagel - bass
Brian McDougall - drums
Format: Limited edition 7"
Songs: Handling Snakes b/w The One That Got Away
Edition: 500 on black vinyl
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: deluxe silkscreened packaging, signed / numbered by Alan Forbes
The band CARLTON MELTON formed along the Mendocino County coastline in Northern California on the weekend of July 17th, 2008. The idea to play live, loud, improvised, experimental, instrumental, psychedelic music in a geodesic dome had been discussed for many years prior to this date. The opportunity came to fruition after the dome was completely rebuilt and the acoustic sounds inside were fully realized.
The music is recorded live inside the dome to analog and digital sources using omni-directional microphones. All music is improvised in the sense that no one really knows who or what is going to be played at any given time. There are no rehearsals, practices, demonstration tapes, second takes... what you hear is the first take... " Hit It And Quit It " as Funkadelic would prescribe. There are no studios. We record in Brian's house and Brian happens to live in a geodesic dome.
It is understood this music is not for everyone. If you prefer top-notch, modern day production and crafty songwriting you may want to stop here. If you prefer old SST label cassette tapes or an early Spaceman 3 cassette you recently found wedged in the back seat of your car you may dig some of this.
For fans of Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, Sleepy Sun, early Pink Floyd
For more information, check out the Valley King Records blog.