6 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named after a Balinese child-eating demon queen who is eternally at war with the forces of good, Rangda is a psychedelic noise-rock trio comprising Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance, Comets On Fire), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and drummer Chris Corsano (Björk, Jandek, etc). Each member lives in distant parts of the country, and the improvised sonic temper-tantrums of discordant flurries on the opener bounce all over the place as if the band just showed up, rolled tape and went crazy. But by the time the album closes, it’s evident that they have saved the impromptu brainstorm jams for the odd-numbered tracks, while the even-numbered ones are crafted with song structure — Rangda’s music cleverly approximates the conflict and balance of their namesake’s mythology. Second song “Bull Lore” contrasts tiptoe rhythms with allocated bursts of fretboard shredding. Third track “Fist Family” explodes with freeform jazz drumming over menacing guitar drones while the sixth and final song “Plain of Jars” is 15-plus minutes of well-arranged psyched-out bliss.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Named after a Balinese child-eating demon queen who is eternally at war with the forces of good, Rangda is a psychedelic noise-rock trio comprising Ben Chasny (Six Organs Of Admittance, Comets On Fire), Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and drummer Chris Corsano (Björk, Jandek, etc). Each member lives in distant parts of the country, and the improvised sonic temper-tantrums of discordant flurries on the opener bounce all over the place as if the band just showed up, rolled tape and went crazy. But by the time the album closes, it’s evident that they have saved the impromptu brainstorm jams for the odd-numbered tracks, while the even-numbered ones are crafted with song structure — Rangda’s music cleverly approximates the conflict and balance of their namesake’s mythology. Second song “Bull Lore” contrasts tiptoe rhythms with allocated bursts of fretboard shredding. Third track “Fist Family” explodes with freeform jazz drumming over menacing guitar drones while the sixth and final song “Plain of Jars” is 15-plus minutes of well-arranged psyched-out bliss.

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About Rangda

Rangda are named for the Javanese demon queen of the leyaks. This power trio is an instrumental psych rock and no wave-styled noise unit. The bandmembers are guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, Current 93), and drummer Chris Corsano (Björk, Dredd Foole, Jandek, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Six Organs of Admittance, Jim O'Rourke, etc.). Bishop, Chasny, and Corsano live in three distinctly different parts of the United States, making rehearsals difficult. They came together over time first as an idea, since each man's schedule was quite heavy. Assembling as a touring unit, they tried out their very original material before recording their debut False Flag full-length. It was released by Drag City in May of 2010. The album was greeted with nearly unanimous critical acclaim, and the band supported it with a slew of touring. Rangda recorded and released their sophomore effort, Formerly Extinct, in 2012. Two limited vinyl releases containing live Rangda recordings appeared in 2013: a split LP with the Dead C (on Ba Da Bing!) and a 10" EP Live in Krefeld (on German label Unrock). The trio returned to Drag City in 2016 with the release of their third proper full-length, The Heretic's Bargain. ~ Thom Jurek

ORIGIN
United States
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2009

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