Recording music inside his home in the out-of-the-way Oklahoma town of Amber, Depth & Current singer/ guitarist Chris Harris often heard some bizarre sounds via CV radio that werent always necessarily his own.
Living out in the country, I would hit these distortion pedals and hear these crazy preachers and alien conspiracy theorists and government conspiracy theorists, he said. It was pretty insane.
Its no surprise, then, that his bands eponymous debut LP seems narrated by a relatively normal person stuck in a warped society headed for ruin. Its a sonically sophisticated record a heavy, noisy, post-rock work of Gothic texture, shoegazing moods and occasionally triumphant lyrics.
With years of experience as an indie record-label owner and engineer, Harris was able to generate the bands desired sound by way of careful microphone placement, Scott Twitchells booming drums and Derek Lemkes talents with whatever gadget was laying around the studio.
Dereks kind of a guitar wizard, Twitchell said.
Im a noise wizard, Lemke replied, prompting laughs from the others.
Yeah, he can do that shit with any instrument, Harris added.
The trio vowed to make a lot of literal noise at tomorrow nights CD-release show at Opolis, despite lacking a live bassist.
Theyre the same songs ... but its a little more raw, I guess, Twitchell said.
Added Harris, We use sequencers for our live shows, so everythings all timed to the music. Were able to fly in bits and pieces of sounds from what youve heard on the album or maybe even an alternate take of something and re-create the same kind of soundscape ... but its more intense live.
Thats thanks to the pure, huge volume at which they play, as well as their very psychedelic light show, which they alter as the situation demands, as with last springs Norman Music Festival set.
We just threw up a couple flood lamps, punk-rocked our entire set and got off the stage, to get out of the way for the other bands, Twitchell said. If this is something we can really take our time and set up for, well do it to the click and well do it really trippy, and well get the entire rig going.
If the overall effect surpasses the seemingly damaged environs of Depth & Currents disc, then a host of music fans may share post-show nightmares.
Well, said Harris, that was kind of the point.