Thursday, November 23, 2023

Sunburned Hand of the Man at the Milwaukee Psych Fest on May 6, 2023

The origins of Sunburned Hand of the Man can be traced back to the vibrant underground music scene of Boston. The original core members, including John Moloney, Robert Thomas, and Paul LaBrecque, shared a passion for pushing the boundaries of traditional musical genres and in 2002 they officially came together to form a band.

The group operates as a loosely organized collective, with members coming and going based on availability and artistic inspiration. This fluidity has allowed the group to constantly evolve, keeping their music fresh and unpredictable.

Musically, Sunburned Hand of the Man defies easy categorization. Their sound is a melting pot of influences, blending elements of free jazz, psychedelia, folk, and noise into a unpredictable sonic tapestry. Improvisation plays a crucial role in their creative process, with each performance taking on a life of its own.

From the early days of self-released albums to collaborations with independent labels, Sunburned Hand of the Man has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is considered conventional music. Albums like Headdress and Fire Escape showcase their ability to create immersive sonic landscapes, while live recordings capture the raw energy and spontaneity of their performances.

The recording information is as follows:

Milwaukee, WI at the Cooperage
Milwaukee Psych Fest VIII

Shannon Ketch: vocals, synth 
Wednesday Knudsen: sax, synth, flute, vocals
John Moloney: percussion, recorder, loops 
Ron Schneiderman: guitar, percussion, flute
Gary War: synth, octatrack 
Matthew J Rolin: guitar
Jen Powers - keys
Ian St. George - guitar

01 Untitled (33:55)

Microphones: Line Audio CM3 in NOS on stand in balcony next to mixing desk
Additional source: mono SBD feed from Behringer X32
Recorder: Sound Devices MixPre6ii at 32/96
Software: Audacity, Fission, xAct


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