Scavenger Cult, the independent label founded by Brett Netson (Caustic Resin, Earth, Built To Spill), presents a split LP by Netson’s own SNAKES, and the artist’s close allies in CROSSS.
Brett Netson has consistently delivered imaginative, powerful, and unique takes on the classic rock and roll language. As things come and go, Netson’s existential take on traditional rock may be doing him a disservice financially, but every project hits on a vitality and honesty that is timeless. Like the Scavenger Cult label, its ambiguous sense of timeframe can show us all that the politics of style are often useless constructs. Connecting with and trusting in Netson’s sonic adventures has so far, always yielded a real and healing effect (Caustic Resin’s The Medicine Is All Gone has been described as, “the best record to come down off acid to…”) SNAKES’ A-side of the new split delivers two expansive tracks – “Old, Like Hell” and “Hypothermia Pt. 2” – which total more than twenty-five minutes of new material. In the last stages, Mell Dettmer made a tape master from Netson’s fabulous disaster.
CROSSS, originally from Halifax Nova Scotia, has been touring the US and Canada for the last several years but with only a few releases. The version of CROSSS heard here is a unique chapter in the band’s story, featuring an experimental hybrid drum kit, played by Susan Burke (The Beverleys), and bass from Michael Stein (Homebody). Captured for Scavenger Cult in mid-exploration and live-off-the-floor by wild man Brett Netson to 2″ tape, and mixed and mastered in a traditional A-A-A process, this release is a departure from the highly aestheticized previous release, Lo, and its precursor, Obsidian Spectre, bringing forth a timeless take on psychedelic riff and unnerving melody.
If you’re the kind of person that may have a cassette with Electric Wizard on one side and early ‘70s Pink Floyd on the other, this record is to be trusted and eaten for long lasting results.
The SNAKES/CROSSS split see release on LP and cassette through Scavenger Cult on October 6th, marking the fifth release from the Boise, Idaho “scavengers.”
SNAKES/CROSSS Track Listing:
Side A – SNAKES
Old, Like Hell
Hypothermia Pt. 2
Side B – CROSSS
I Got Lo