Upset The Rhythm Presents | John R. Olson, Nate Young’s Regression, Crazy Jim (Wolf Eyes)


Date: August 17, 2017
Time: 7:00pm

JOHN R. OLSON aka Inzane Johnny of Wolf Eyes and American Tapes will be treating us to a solo slice from his mind platter, featuring reeds and modulations galore. As a part of Wolf Eyes, Olson is responsible for augmenting the USA’s longest-running homemade, primitive, electronic, poetry & radical vibes trio. They don’t just release albums they launch scotched, taped nuclear audio fronts on humanity. Earlier this year saw them release their new album ‘Undertow’ packed full of what Olson does best; unnerving dread meets genuine freedom vibes that shiver their way through the dark ambience of it all.

REGRESSION is the solo project of Nate Young, a founding member of seminal Detroit noise band Wolf Eyes. More recently he’s been honing an equally distinctive solo sound that blends myriad sources from musique concrète, vintage film atmospherics, layered synths and archive library recordings into something thrillingly intense. Summoning up crushingly ominous crepuscular soundscapes and synth-washed phantasmagoria, Young undercuts the brutalism of Wolf Eyes with the kind of ambient dread that conjures images of lost horror soundtracks from the 70’s. Minimal analogue synth violence is punctuated by thunder cracks of metal percussion ala the early Akita/Null Merzbow duets, massively doomy beat hypnotics and an atmosphere that’s somewhere between the most apocalyptic Throbbing Gristle recordings, Coil’s Musick To Play In The Dark, The Conet Project and your favourite Kraut kosmonaut. Young’s most recent album ‘Blinding Confusion’ (out on NNA Tapes) has the feel of a kind of post-synth electro-acoustic ritual, albeit tied-in with a visionary compositional aesthetic that is a couple of miles beyond your average weird-beard in a basement non-vibe.

CRAZY JIM aka James ‘Crazy Jim’ Baljo, is proof that not every side-project of Wolf Eyes results in noise. Veering towards the sweet and ambient, Crazy Jim uses only guitars to build huge waves of tonic abstraction. Nate Young credits Crazy Jim as “the first person to coin the term INZANE and plays and lives accordingly”, look out for some sweet folk-tuned bliss and tape delay guitar gloop.