After almost three years of random singles and a grammy nomination for songwriting (“Chatterbox” 2012), we finally have a full length release from New Orleans organist Quintron, Spellcaster II (Death In Space). The word “Spellcaster” in the title is both a reference to the Spellcaster Lodge - a New Orleans social club / recording studio which he and Miss P inhabit - and also a reference to the title of the very first Quintron organ LP, The Amazing Spellcaster (Live at Pussycat Caverns). That LP came out in 1997 on the now defunct Ann Arbor noise label BULB RECORDS. BULB was notable for releasing vehemently difficult music and truly not giving a fuck in an era that saw punk rock get polished up and comfortable in the mainstream. The list of artists whose earliest outings are associated with BULB should be interesting to any fan of primitive noisy music - ANDREW W.K., MAGAS, KEIJI HAINO, NATE YOUNG (WOLF EYES), ARON DILLOWAY (WOLF EYES), MATH, THE KING BROTHERS, QUINTRON, THE DEMOLITION DOLL RODS, COUCH, VELOCITY HOPKINS, BUNNIES, PREHENSILE MONKEY-TAILED SKINK, THE TWEEZERS, ETC, ETC.
Although Spellcaster II sounds nothing like Spellcaster I, it is in a way a return to form, as Spellcaster II (Death In Space) abandons the party style shout jams that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have become known for in favor of murky instrumental themes constructed from mostly unidentifiable sounds. Although there are a few proper songs (“Do the Raid” / “Steve”), they are still infected by the overall strangeness this album's soundtrack style instrumentation. Lap steel guitar, a recent left hand addition to the one-man Quintron arsenal, features prominently in many of the songs. There is also plenty of Organ, Drum Buddy, vibraphone, breaking glass, and a new instrument / invention called WEATHER WARLOCK which uses sunlight, rainfall, wind speed, and temperature to affect a constant chordal drone (more on that later).
A handful of these songs will be featured in the soundtrack of a short science fiction film called Mirza The Miraculous directed by New Orleans film maker Brent Joseph. That film is scheduled to be released in late 2014.
Oh...and did we mention that there are GUESTS? Mobile scum punk legend Gary Wrong (aka Chad Booth of Wizard Sleeve / Jeth Row records) plays second guitar on “Death in Space”. Peaches and Vice Cooler (both longtime members of the Spellcaster Lodge) provide some very cult-like monotone backing vocals on the song “Steve”, a song that just so happens to be about fellow BULB records alum Steve Kenny - known for his droning synth work in the Gary Wrong Group and Demons. Full circle.