Seattle’s explosive two-piece synth/noise-rock duo NOISE-A-TRON
will release their new album Vast Arcane via Bleeding Light Records April 28th on LP/DD. Preorders are available now right here. Today, INVISIBLE ORANGES is premiering the group’s abstract, gritty new video for “Six,” along with an apt write-up describing “all VHS ugliness interspersed with psychedelic imagery.”
Watch Noise-A-Tron’s “Six” video RIGHT HERE.
WEST COAST TOUR DATES:
5/2 Seattle, WA (record release show) @ Black Lodge w/ He Whose Ox Gored, Prize Hog, The Great Goddamn
5/7 Portland, OR @ The Foggy Notion w/ Hot Victory, A Volcano
5/8 Eugene, OR @ The Wandering Goat w/ Entrail, TBA
5/9 Chico, CA @ Monstro’s w/ TBA
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/ Lament City Scape, Deviod
5/12 Santa Barbara, CA @ The Funzone w/ TBA
5/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos w/ Solstafir, Ancient Wisdom, Suns of Orion
5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ Rips Tavern w/ CHIEFS, Destroyer of Light, Twingiant, Resinator, Hex Volt
5/15 Tuscon, AZ @ TBA
5/16 – San Diego, CA @ Tower Bar w/ Deep Sea Thunder Beast, Murder by Techno, They Feed at Night
The thing that makes Seattle’s NOISE-A-TRON unique amongst the masses of minimalist outfits is the layers and dynamics they’re able to produce, despite being a two-piece. The band is one drummer, Jason Bledsoe, and one 8-string bass player (who doubles on keyboard, synth and samples), Lea Bledsoe.
Jason started playing drums in 1995 in a small rural area of Indiana, and after a brief move to Washington, ended up in Florida playing with the band Bullhead. The band had recorded 2 EPs, and in the summer of 2000, added Terror Organ bassist Lea Rudko. Lea, born in Michigan and but raised in Los Angeles, started experimenting with playing bass. At 21 Lea moved to Tampa, Florida and was the creative force behind the two piece experimental noise project Terror Organ with Angel Corpse singer/bassist Pete Helmkamp. After both bands disbanded in early 2002, Jason and Lea started playing with The Human Echo and were married in 2005. The Human Echo put out two full-length LP’s, and after several tours, called it quits in early 2009. From there the ashes of The Human Echo became Noise-A-Tron the following August.
Noise-A-Tron’s music is a sonic assault that’s both menacing and moody, yet atmospheric while still maintaining melodic sensibilities. With the lack of a vocalist it never loses any of its edge, and Lea keeps you intrigued with keyboard lines that sometimes double her bass, and other times complementing a riff or takes off in another direction entirely. The self-titled EP, released in August of 2010, is a perfect example of the bands ability to churn out abrasive riffs layered with noise and sampling, without being redundant. The band never holds on to an idea for too long, so it never wears out its welcome. After several west coast tours in 2011, the band eventually sold out of all 200 copies of the CD and began writing material for the next record in late 2012 and early 2013, and also taking the opportunity to upgrade their gear and hone the sound they wanted for the next record.
On Vast Arcane, the band decided to take a different approach to recording. Recorded over several months, Vast Arcane is a more focused recording then their previous work. After tracking bass and drums at Matt Bayles’ Red Room Studios with producer Robert Cheek in April of 2013, Noise-A-Tron chose to let the record breathe more and record keyboards and samples over the next few months at his Ex-Ex Studios, also where the band practices. On top of producing and mixing the record Cheek took a more hands-on approach to the recording and helped guide the band to the final results. After that, the band handed the final mixes to Blake Bickel of Dynamic Sound Services for mastering. The end result is the band’s best sounding work to date.
Vast Arcane Pressing Info:
-Limited to 250 regular-weight black LPs.
-Preorders will be available late March.
Jason Bledsoe – Drums
Lea Bledsoe – Bass, Synth