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The Red Crayola - Live 1967



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Red Krayola (lub Red Crayola) to jeden z najdłużej działających zespołów psychelicznych, które debiutowały pod koniec lat sześćdziesiątych. W kontekście muzycznej propozycji grupy - określenie "psychedeliczny" jest niefortunne. Red Crayola nigdy nie fundowała swoim słuchaczom rozbudowanych lub transowych kompozycji, w których słychać mnóstwo sfuzowanych, rzężących i odrywających głowę instrumentów (głównie gitar). Muzycy kierują swoje propozycje do wymagających i ambitnych odbiorców i można zaryzykować stwierdzenie, że są prekursorami współczesnej awangardy oraz nowej fali (pobrzmiewają też elementy punka).

Red Crayola powstał w Houston w Teksasie w 1966 roku. Założyło ją trzech muzyków, studentów lokalnego uniwersytetu: gitarzysta, wokalista i artysta - Mayo Thompson, perkusista Frederick Barthelme (brat pisarza Davida Barthelme) oraz Steve Cunnigham. Najbardziej "psychedeliczny" okres działalności grupy przypadł właśnie na koniec lat 60-tych kiedy to muzycy podpisali kontrakt z legendarną dzisiaj wytwórnią International Artist kierowaną przez Lelana Rogersa (brata Kenny Rogersa).

Wytwórnia ta zasłynęła przede wszystkim z "wylansowania" zespołu The 13th Floor Elevators. Grupa nagrała dla tej wytwórni swoje dwa "sztandarowe" albumy: "Parable of Arable Land (1967)" oraz "God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It" w roku 1968. Pomiędzy tymi dwoma albumami zespół nagrał jeszcze płytę "Coconut Hotel" w 1967, który jednak został przez wytwórnię wstrzymany z powodów "niekomercyjnych" (płyta ujrzała światło dzienne dopiero w 1995 roku). Utwory zawarte na tych płytach to przedziwna mikstura psychedelii, folku i eksperymentów muzycznych. Po tych dokonaniach drogi muzyków rozeszły się.

Mayo Thompson rozpoczął solową karierę pod własnym szyldem lub nazwą Red Crayola. W latach siedemdziesiątych nawiązał rozliczne muzyczne kontakty z muzykami sceny awangardowej i nowofalowej m.in z Pere Ubu, Cabaret Voltaire, The Fall czy Primal Scream. Uczestniczył w wielu projektach artystycznych i muzycznych. W latach 90-tych wskrzesił grupę The Red Krayola z udziałem nowych muzyków i z powodzeniem się realizuje kontynuując swoje muzyczne pomysły. Muzyka Red Krayola jest szczególnie godna polecenia - nie traci nic ze swej świeżości i wciąż zaskakuje pomysłowością.



The Red Krayola (formerly The Red Crayola) was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Houston, Texas, formed by art students at the University of St. Thomas (Texas) in 1966. The band was led by singer/guitarist and visual artist Mayo Thompson, along with drummer Frederick Barthelme (brother of novelist Donald Barthelme) and Steve Cunningham. Their work prefigured punk and the no wave scene in 1980s New York City. Thompson has continued using the name, in its legally required permutation The Red Krayola, for his musical projects since.

They make noise rock, psychedelia and occasionally folk/country songs and instrumentals in a DIY-punk fashion, an approach that presaged the lo-fi aesthetic of many 1990s US indie rock groups. Reviewing the band has produced conflicted results- in an extremely positive review from Pitchfork Media, critic Alex Lindhardt wrote "It's a band that has no idea how to play its\ instruments. In fact, they don't even know what instruments are, or if the guitarist has the ability to remain conscious long enough to play whatever it is a 'note' might be."He added, "This is a band that was paid ten dollars to stop a performance in Berkeley. If Berkeley's not having it, you know you're in for rough sledding."

In 1966 the band signed to International Artists, home label to fellow psych-rockers The 13th Floor Elevators that was run by Lelan Rogers (brother of country musician Kenny Rogers). In 1967 the label released the psychedelic album, Parable of Arable Land (...) The minimalist music album Coconut Hotel was recorded in 1967 but rejected by International Artists for its lack of commercial potential because of its complete departure from the full-soundin guitar/ bass/ drums/ vocals rock sound of the Red Krayola's first album. Coconut Hotel featured such self-described tracks as "Organ Buildup", "Free Guitar" and a series of atonal "One-Second Pieces" for piano, trumpet and percussion. The album did not see release until 1995. During this period, the band performed a concert in Berkeley, California where they attached a contact microphone to a sheet of aluminium foil that was set under a block of melting ice. The Red Krayola also performed with guitarist John Fahey and recorded an entire studio album of music in collaboration with him, but label head Lelan Rogers demanded possession of the tapes and recorded documentation of those sessions has been missing ever since.

The band's second album to see release (and the first to be released with the new "Krayola" spelling) was 1968's God Bless The Red Krayola And All Who Sail With It. God Bless presented a middle ground between Parable of Arable Land and Coconut Hotel (...) The album was not as well received as the band's first release and the Red Krayola's original lineup disbanded.

In 1969, Thompson recorded a solo album called Corky's Debt to His Father for a small label called Texas Revolution. The album, which has come to be regarded by many as the unheralded jewel of the Krayola catalogue, is devoid of Thompson's usual avant-garde indulgences, and consists instead of ten lyrically dense but warm-hearted pop songs, in various styles - Dylan-inspired blues-rock, Tex-Mex pop-rock with psychedelic touches, and early country rock not dissimilar to the contemporary work of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Thompson was backed by studio musicians on the album and none of his usual Krayola (or 13th Floor Elevators) cohorts appear.

Mayo Thompson continued to make music, both under his own name and as The Red Crayola (...) His collaborations in the 1970s and 1980s read like a roll call of the avant-garde and experimental artists and musicians of the era. The Red Crayola teamed up with the Conceptual Art collective Art & Language for three LPs (...) and 1983's Black Snakes. Thompson joined Pere Ubu for a period in the early 1980s, performing on a couple releases, and provided soundtrack music for Derek Jarman.

Throughout this time he was prolific as a producer for many other seminal experimental and alternative rock acts, including The Fall, The Raincoats, Scritti Politti, Blue Orchids, Cabaret Voltaire, Stiff Little Fingers, Kleenex, The Chills and Primal Scream.

The 1990s found The Red Krayola with a new audience, who came to the group via musicians associated with Chicago's Post Rock scene and in particular the Drag City label, who had joined the band's ever-shifting line-up for a number of releases including the LPs Hazel (1996) and Fingerpainting (1999). These were, amongst others, Jim O'Rourke and David Grubbs of Gastr del Sol, the post-Conceptual visual artist Stephen Prina, German painter Albert Oehlen, George Hurley (...)In 1995, Drag City released 1967's Coconut Hotel LP and in 1998 issued The Red Krayola Live 1967 with material from the Angry Arts Festival and Berkeley Folk Music Festival including their live collaboration with John Fahey. Thompson is active as an art critic and currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in California, where he teaches at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design (wikipedia)

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