THE PYRAMIDS

 

Some Important Facts About The Pyramids:

 

1) The Pyramids number Mark Cleveland and Sam Windett, two members of The Archie Bronson Outfit who, during the long sessions for their remarkable second album, Derdang Derdang, felt a craving to crank out some instantaneous, lightning-in-a-bottle rock'n'roll, a dirtier, cheaper, nastier confection than that purveyed by the Archies. Thus, The Pyramids were born.

 

2) The Pyramids work quickly. The songs for their spirited, sulphurous debut were written in a single weekend, observing The Pyramids' hunger for the moment. The takes captured on the album were often the duo's second or third run through the song in question; ''We wanted to capture that raw, new feeling you get when a band are just getting a feel for the song,'' explains Mark, ''that unique energy'' And capture it, they did.

 

3) The Pyramids take time over their words, however. ''We had the lyrics first, to use as a framework for the music,'' explains Mark. Moreover, their bitter, chill poetics add another layer of spook to The Pyramids' chaotic, motorik clank; the words to 'White Disc Of Sun' in particular will haunt you hours, days after you've first heard them.

 

4) Not only are The Pyramids fine musicians, they also know how to build a studio. The album was recorded in a friend's barn, where they set up their instruments, their amps and their microphones in one corner of the room, and a 16-track recording desk in the opposite corner. With producer Hed helming the decks, the studio was formed of just one room for simplicity and noise spill, with all the psychedelic clatter being captured by the microphones swinging from the barn's rafters, hovering just above the melee.

 

5) The Pyramids' name is not a tribute to the great architectural feats of ancient Egypt, but rather the more earthbound (but no less great) legacy of the original garage rockers, haywire young individuals hopped up on any number of primitive stimulants, cranking out cacophonic and chaotic riffs in carports across suburban America. Think The Monks, The Sonics, The Mummies... In nomenclature and noise, The Pyramids certainly fit that lineage. ''I'm sure there was a group called The Pyramids, back in the day,'' muses Mark. ''That was definitely the sort of connection we were going after.''

 

6) The Pyramids may perform live in the near future, as soon as they have recruited a third member to accompany them. One can only imagine the chaos songs like the Neanderthal, unhinged 'Hunch Your Body, Love Somebody' will wreak upon audience members at the shows.

 

7) The Pyramids are not a one-off affair. Mark and Sam fully intend to record another album, again sticking to the brash, breathless first-take ethos of their debut.

 

 

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