The drummer Greg Fox is in rare company; simply put, he is one of the absolute best rock drummers in New York. After parting ways with the band Liturgy last year, Fox has continued to pursue his own vision through projects like GDFX and now, Guardian Alien. Freed from the strictures (such as they are) of the traditional rock song format, Guardian Alien gives Fox free rein to follow his most avant-garde instincts. It takes guts, and a great player, to build an entire band around drums, and Guardian Alien succeeds at that, both live and on their Thrill Jockey debut See the World Given To A One Love Entity. This set at the Knitting Factory consisted of a single extended piece that Fox is currently calling “Holotropic Breathwork”, which is expected to appear on the band’s next album. Fox’s hyperfast drumming made a waterfall of sound during the song as washes of synth, moaned vocals and other electronics filled out the soundscape. This was a magical moment to witness live, and we’re looking forward to the next record.
I recorded this set with MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones and an excellent soundboard feed from the Knit engineer, Rob. The sound is outstanding. Enjoy!
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01 Holotropic Breathwork