At times fearlessly oblique, and often intentionally challenging, on Fix History the experimental pop / post-classical duo craft music at turns intimate and grandiose. The rough-edged shag of found sounds - pioneered by the musique concrète movement and carried forward by German industrial pioneers Einsturzende Neubauten (particularly the expansive minimalism vs abrasive noise esthetic of the early Strategies Against Architecture period) - is balanced by a twisted, precise elegance that simmers and slithers underneath. Gaze into the sonic mudslide long enough and you’ll catch flecks of melodic geodes glinting within the pile of rubble, hinting at a hidden beauty waiting patiently to be discovered.
Characterized by the unorthodox use of electric stringed instruments, live loop manipulation, and textural rhythmic washes, Erin Murphy (guitar, violin, vocals) and Greg Bortnichak (cello, programming, vocals) have been building a reputation for relentless touring and merciless live performances since the 2014 release of their debut LP Knives In The Hope Chest.
Fix History (WKR 003) is a fully immersive listening experience that runs the gauntlet of human emotion. Bortnichak writes: “This record is a meditation on the active construction of truth; how that works, who it empowers, and who it oppresses. The title is not a call for heroism, but for conscientious reflection on and formation of the narratives we embrace and disseminate in everyday life. It is a call to question not only where you fit in in the big picture, but how and where you wish to actively mark the canvas itself.”
Former lead guitarist of Cloud Nothings and lead singer/guitarist of Chomp, Joey Sprinkles is like a love child of Lookout Records and K Records that was conceived on the floor of an electronics repair shop. Touring incessantly since his debut release of "Bubble Guts" (Mirror Universe Tapes. 2016), 2017 saw two releases from Joey, "30 Minute Improvisational Demonstration" (Future Boy Recording Co.), and "S/T" 7" (WKR 001). 2018 has already seen one release, the "Dont Get Dead" EP (WKR 002) and shows no sign of slowed down output. Joey Sprinkles brings an off kilter one man performance that feels like a variety show that's been dropped on its head. Running the gamut from punk to show tunes, from old standards to electronic, from noise to classical, Joey Sprinkles is just beginning to ripen.
"Relentlessly infectious power pop from Ohio" - Clash Magazine
"The Cleveland native blends garage rock, punk and synth to create a stunning project" - New Noise Magazine
"Brings on an upbeat feel to a more depressing topic" - IMPOSE