CST016 - 2001
This self-titled debut album is another in a series of raw and intimate sessions recorded on the 8-track reel-to-reel deck at theHotel2Tango in 1999-2000. The powerful live sound of this unique duo is perfectly captured by Efrim (GY!BE), who engineered the record. Eric Craven\'s inimitable drumming invokes the polyrhythmic neo-tribalism of The Ex and Dog Faced Hermans while Genevieve Heistek (Sackville) uses a loop pedal to build real-time drones on her amped-up viola and saws away at double-stop madness over top. The pieces on Hangedup range from borderline musique concrete experimentation to 80s new wave pop extrapolations, bound by a minimalist but muscular agenda throughout. Cameo appearances by electric bass and overdubbed effects provide additional well-placed thrust, but this duo can rock as hard as anyone all on their own. Superb debut that sets the stage for further unparalleled drum-n-string attacks over subsequent albums.