A1 A Showdown Of Sorts
A2 Showing Them
A3 So Slow
B2 The Rouge Became
B3 Fumes In Suits
BRONZE is an exercise in impulse. BRONZE is also the San Francisco based trio of Brian Hock, Rob Spector, and Miles Friction the latest addition to the RVNG Intl. family with their debut album, Copper.
In early 2006, Hock moved back to his native San Francisco from Berlin and took up residence with Spector in the warehouse / show space known as The Cave. The two conspired to start a new live project and enlisted the help of Friction to form BRONZE. After preliminary attempts to find the right environment to house the Copper Club, the Secret Society of the Bronze Age, Miles founded the Trojan Cavern in San Fran’s Dogpatch neighborhood. From this outpost, BRONZE undergo disciplined training exercises in various weaponry, sonic hypnosis, horticulture and all-important copper talk. It’s also from the Trojan Compound that Copper was created.
Stream-of-consciousness lyrical cooing and restrained analog trickery rest atop constant cog rotation grooves on Copper. These elements yield a truly conductive album, abundant in compositions that beg for a listener’s oxidizing ear. Commencing with”A Showdown Of Sorts”, the record assumes a vague narrative aided by the allure of Tuxedomoon / Ralph Records-y exoticism, albeit less claustrophobic. “Showing Them” staggers into even Wierd-er territory, with eye flashes and spots of Legendary Pink Dots. “So Slow” and “The Rouge Became” are sister tracks fallen not far from the same Silver Apple(s) tree. “Wits” and “Fumes In Suits” counter clockwork like a high-pressure Units track and place Copper in the lexicon of San Fran synthesized and syncopated anti-stardom.
The physical version of Copper will be available on October 18th from fine retailers worldwide. Each vinyl copy of Copper comes with a copper ring. The ring is intended to be worn to BRONZE performances or even during daily rituals. While wearing the ring, you, the ring bearer, are encouraged to speak informally – if not offensively – with fellow ring mates. When overheard or confronted, blame it on the ring – i.e. “It was the copper talking.” The ring will initially turn your finger green. The ring will also heal your wounds, correct your balance and is a fashionable accessory to boot. The digital version will be available November 8th from the drab internet universe.