MP3 (the sounds of) kaleidoscope - from where you were to how you got there
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ROCK: Psychedelic, ROCK: Noise
"Imagine that Wire, post-'154', had not broken up but rather agreed to become a backing band for a coherent Syd Barrett and attempted to record pop music. If they gave it a good go it would have sounded something like this. The band combine[s] some of the mood and sound of early Pink Floyd with the minimalist guitar tones of Sonic Youth and Wire." -- The Official Fall Website
(the sounds of) kaleidoscope are a noise pop band, begun by Damien C. Taylor in late 1995. After years of light touring, perpetual lineup changes and a slew of fourtrack cassettes, Damien was joined by brothers John Dugan on drums (Chisel, Piper Cub, Heartworms, Perfect Panther, etc) and Mike Dugan on bass (the Beans, Thee Snuff Project) for a July 2000 reording session at Kurt Heasley's SoundeSpeake Studio. These demos led to what would form the current core of the band, Alex Hacker (Lilys, the Ropers, theStill) on drums and Douglas Bailey (the Ropers, the Justines, theStill) on bass and harmonies and yeilded the band's first two EPs, 2001's "these are..." and 2003's "can and do what they will".
2003 saw the addition of Edward Donohue (the Carlsonics) on rythm guitar and Brian Kalkbrenner (the Failed Henry Winkler Pilot) on Farfisa and percussion, and found them recording their first full-length recording "from where you were to how you got there". In early 2004, Michael Hirst joined on adding more guitar; Edward left later that year.
Since their inception, (the sounds of) kaleidoscope have collaborated with and provided music for numerous artists, art collectives, and artworks. In 2002, (the sounds of) kaleidoscope provided music for the Washington DC opening of Ledelle Moe's "Dogs" installation, co-billed a record release party with an installation by notorious mixed-media art collective Decatur Blue at the Signal 66 gallery in 2003, and performed at the Hirshhorn Gallery's opening for Douglas Gordon's 24 Hour Psycho event.
Though the band still practice a light touring regiment, they have favorably shared stages along the East Coast with Luna, the Fall, Lilys, Canyon, Relay, Swirlies, the Tyde, Velocity Girl, Black Ox Orkestar, Mazarin, J. Mascis and the Fog, Weird War and have provided supprot and backing duties for Cotton Casino, formerly of Japanese Psych outfit Acid Mothers Temple.
(the sounds of) kaleidoscope's new album "from where you were to how you got there" will be available in July 2005 through Alex's own Hackshop Records. They are currently preparing new materal to be recorded early next year, and planning a tour for late summer 2005.
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