(Photo credit: A.F. Cortés)
Brooklyn-based Russian Baths released their debut album Deepfake on November 8th via Good Eye Records. Noise and fuzz meet moments of quiet on this spectacular ten-track album. The album was recorded/put together over a two year period and mixed by Ben Greenberg. The band is made up of Jess Rees (guitar, vocals) and Luke Koz (guitar, vocals) from Brooklyn, NY, and are joined live by Kyle Garvey (bass) and Steven Levine (drums), and in the studio by Evan Gill Smith (bass) and Jeff Widner (drums).
We asked the band to tell us about three albums that have influenced them and their music, which you can read below. Check out their debut album here: https://russianbaths.bandcamp.com/
Women – Public Strain
Luke Koz: Even though it has acolytes, this record is still “criminally underrated.” It feels more meticulously arranged than any four-piece rock record I can think of. However, rumor has it their budget was several million dollars and they bankrupted three labels, one parent (not their own), and several despots in service of the process. Canada’s art’s support truly is incredible.
Swirlies – Blonder Tongue Audio Baton
Luke Koz: Swirlies‘ first full length is better than Nirvana, Bach, Jr., the Turing Test, fall weather, Mommie Dearest (very close), the Hubbert curve, and who are you and what have you done with my family? Please, order our record here (link).
Terrifying recording of someone singing Claire de la Lune in 1860
Luke Koz: We have to put this. It’s the earliest known piece of recorded music. I think it was recorded on paper. Loop it 10 times. Without it, who knows what we would’ve done? Maybe founded a modular dessert truck or something.
Here’s the link to that one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Au_Clair_de_la_Lune_(1860).ogg
I like thinking about the role of tools in cultural “expression.” Humans haven’t changed in any fundamental way in thousands of years, but the devices they inherit and develop have. The history of music is a history of technology. Since humans perceive time incorrectly, it’s natural for them to mistake “change” for “progress.” What people do today isn’t more or less developed than the clip above, really. I tried to add this to the above Wikipedia link above, but it was flagged for being “completely incoherent and not true.”