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When you think of two piece bands, you usually get what you expect. Rarely are you ever blown away by the lack of members creating all of the sound you have come to expect from full bands. Not that it’s a bad thing, but something more often than not sounds lacking. This is what makes Noise-A-Tron so unique amongst the trend of minimalist musicians. Noise-A-Tron is one drummer, Jason Bledsoe, and... one 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 EP’s, and in the summer of 2000, added Terror Organ bassist Lea Rudko. Lea was born in Michigan and grew up in Los Angeles, California where she began to play bass. At 21 Lea moved to Tampa, Florida and was the creative force behind two piece experimental noise project Terror Organ with Angel Corpse singer/bassist Pete Helmkamp. After both bands had disbanded in early 2002, both Jason and Lea had 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, finally called it quits in early 2009. From there the ashes of The Human Echo became Noise-A-Tron in August of 2009.
Noise-A-Tron’s music is both parts heavy and atmospheric noise. It’s a sonic assault that’s melodic, moody, menacing, and equally overwhelming. Even with the lack of a vocalist it never loses any of its edge, and it never gets stale. The band’s debut self-titled EP, released in August of 2010, is a perfect example of the genres finest attributes. It showcases all 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. Live the band is able to perfectly replicate those layers of sound. Watching the band is also an experience. Jason is a heavy hitter on the drums. He keeps things tight and solid, while Lea goes back and forth from her 8-string bass to her keyboards and mixer, constructing all the riffs and filling in all the blanks. Everything falls perfectly into place.
- James Ballinger