Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I Can Hear the Ants Dancin--a 19 song CD exclusively on Bona Fide!

Back around 1981 I finally got to meet George Brigman after enjoying his Jungle Rot LP for a couple years. He played me the tunes on I Can Hear the Ants Dancin and I was completley captivated by the wall of screaming molten fuzz coming from dueling guitars psychotically jamming and alternately soothing and flowing. The basement sound of his now classic debut was replaced by a sharp sonic barrage with pumpin fat bass and rock solid drumming. The choatic jams were offset with flat-out rockers like "Vacation" and "Blowin Smoke" as well as slower tunes with a strange psychedelic aura. At that time George wasn't doing anything musically, as the last lineup of Split came to an abrupt end with the death of his bassist, Mitchell Myers. I told George this music was way too good to keep to himself!

Together we released these tracks on a 9 song cassette release in 1982. We got great writeups in Musician, the Inner Mystique, and Hans Klitsch's great Gorilla Beat to name a few and George was on his way to cult stardom. Eventually, in 1995 Or Records in Indiana reissued the cassette on a small vinyl run due to the demand for the music. Now Bona Fide Records is really proud to release the entire Ants Dancin' sessions on one CD for the first time ever. You can hear in gloriously remastered sound how George can make his guitar sound like nothin you ever heard before in the title track, "I Can Hear the Ants Dancin" and the previously unreleased jam "And Then Came the Rains" shows what his band can do as well. Fans of George's growled vocals have the burning riff-laden "Blowin Smoke" and "Vacation" to sink their teeth into!

This expanded edition of Ants has 14 minutes of previously unavailable materials as well as a few strays from the Human Scrawl Vagabond LP from 86, including the haunting ballad "Lazy Eyes". Full color photos of Split are published for the first time ever and the clear tray has a swell pic of George's many stomp boxes. The LP's story is told in a bit more detail too, but what remains the main drawing card is the incredible music and playing of George Brigman who created his own down and dirty psychedelic blues reflecting his own personal odyssey stretching out into territory where few musicians have ever ventured. His musical heros, Captain Beefheart and the British band the Groundhogs, were certainly influences in creating Brigman's stew of voodoo blues, jazz, and psychedelia, but the end result is something that George can call his own.

I Can Hear the Ants Dancin' expands on the foundation laid by George with Jungle Rot in a way that demonstrates that his first LP was no fluke, but only the beginning. George's career has had quite a few bumps, mostly caused by the uncompromising nature of his music and unstable lineups; however, his two new CDs finally give the world a chance to hear what the collectors have been raving about for years! Check out more on these two great CDs by going to George Brigman's site!


At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff. One of the best guitar albums of all time. Thanks to Bonafide for putting it out !!!


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