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ust over a year of countless hours together, playing a myriad of shows, writing, and spending every last dime on coffee, pizza, and gasoline, Pulp Culture is now on the cusp of their first, full-length publication, "What Do You Want?" The album, recorded at Metro 37 Studios in the Fall of 2013, is a conceptual, science fiction album with a personal depth and a transcendental message. It is scheduled for release in December.
A human life ends, and the protagonist, Xane, realizes that he is a black hole, swallowing the remnants of all he was and becoming all that exists.
The main character is a pseudonym and nickname in dedication to a late, close friend of the band's frontman, Alex Brown, and guitarist, Andrew Zerbo. Xane was living with Alex and would frequently listen in on his private practicing. From Bowie and Bosquiat to Slint, Sarte, and Siddhartha, over the 11 years they knew each other Alex was exposed and transformed by countless groups, books, movies and artists that Xane had shown him. Andrew was finishing his degree in Music Production when Xane began working with him.
I know that we are going to be friends because you look exactly like Dim from A Clockwork Orange, Xane said after walking up to him directly, with a soft enunciation of the O in orange.
Well, I can tell that we are going to be friends, so I'll let you know that you look like Pontius Pilate Replied Andrew. They became quickly acquainted.
Before even introducing Andrew and Alex, Xane would often urge for them to collaborate on music. He consequently got Alex a job at Uptown Grille. All three of them worked together for three months, sharing a steady exchange of wit and music. Soon after this introduction, the death of Stephen Xane Woods came with great misfortune.
Jake Van Loon had been developing guitar parts and song ideas to form a progressive group for a long time. In the summer of 2012 as things began to culminate, he started working out his ideas with Vince Monte, the band's drummer, and the rhythmic spine of the group was established. In the fall Jake asked Alex if he had any interest in doing lead vocals, bass guitar, and arrangement for the project, looking to add a more experimental direction and a melodic bass atmosphere to his song structures. As his friend passed, Alex's other group fell into hiatus, and he was very avid to pour himself into the aspirations of this new band.
The trio came up with a name and began to extrapolate upon the framework of the first album. Alex presented the group to Andrew, who offered to produce their first demo as a favour. After a few new guitar overlays were recorded, Andrew began playing second guitar to expand the live sound and provide more written counterpoint.
The band has a definitively unique sound, incorporating a wide array of interests without mimicry or pretense. Jake's guitar style is distinctively post-hardcore, reminiscent of Thomas Eraks heavy lead tones while aspiring for the dissonant writing style of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. He takes rhythmic influences from math rock, notably from groups such as Don Caballero and Tera Melos. Andrew's devout, experimental blues style contrasts with Jakes guitar work, stimulating the writing process and adapting inimitable harmonies while maintaining a love for classic rock n roll. While playing a fretless bass, manipulated with analog effects, Alex uses the amenity of a trained voice to capture raw emotion in conjunction with bizarre lyrics about time-travel and string theory. Vince is a master of interesting counting patterns while hiding complexity with close attention to his fellow musicians. Cohesive with Alex's bass grooves; they disclose a shared passion for polymeter and polyrythms.
Live shows are energetic performances that keep audiences receptive, interactive, and utterly transported.
The atmosphere of the band is entrancing and thoroughly entertaining, forwarded here in an intimate concert setting by local, amateur journalist, Jacob D. Sasser:
"Alex dances about the stage in a funky pair of skinny jeans that appear as though fresh from 1978. The passion in his eyes is burning hotter than a beat up car burns oil. Andrew Zerbo caresses his guitar like a highschooler would his date at their first homecoming. Vince and Jake are in a deep state of concentration in an attempt to ensure that every chord, every beat, is played with the utmost proficiency. The next song begins with the complex and highly mathematical plucking of an American Fender Stratocaster via Van Loon. Then comes Vince with a hard-hammering, violently enamoring beating of the drums, and the rest of the group soon follows. An angry, painful, bemusing heavy rock sound begins to emerge. The precision is absolutely remarkable, but the emotion remains fully intact."