Thursday, March 24, 2011

Anti-Pope


This is definitely the most avantgarde and one of the most twisted abstract recordings I have ever taken part in.

This was one of my bands when I was living in South Florida/Miami from 1996 to 2000 and was the last recording I made before I left.

Anti-Pope actually started out as just being called "Pope" and we were a two piece band consisting of myself on drums and Dan Hosker (Holy Terrors, Harry Pussy) on guitar. We played several very intense improvised shows in the somewhat hostile Miami music scene of the late 90s accumulating Henry Rajan on bass and Gerard Klauder on electronics and basically causing chaos wherever we went.

The music scene in the late 90s of Miami was an interesting and somewhat hostile,  scary place. There were a lot of unpredictable people going anywhere from somewhat, to very insane at any given moment. I'm not talking about every now and then having a little too much to drink, I'm talking about true psychopathic and outright dangerous behavior. You never knew what was going to happen. Tables could fly, There was riotous drunken behavior that often erupted in to violent frenzies, and unfortunately Gerard was often at the center of these frenzies, or at least partially responsible for them getting started. However, I cannot profess innocence at all in this period either.

We recorded this album at Gerard's house in January of 2000. Dan and Henry and I improvised all day and Gerard recorded it. Then he cut it to a million pieces and put together a pretty incredible album from it a few months later.

This is still one of the craziest sounding albums I've ever been on and really think it holds up rather well.

Gerard ended up taking his own life a few years ago, and despite he crazy episodes, really deep down was a good hearted person. Rest in peace old crazy friend.

Download the zip here, or stream below.



Recorded in January of 2000 by Gerard Klauder in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Drums, keyboards, alto saxophone, salad bowl - Justin Wierbonski

Guitars, keyboards, rattling wrenches, sticks, beer cans and keys - Dan Hosker

Upright and 5 string bass, banging and clarinet - Henry Rajan

Mixing, cuts and production by Gerard Klauder.

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