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Pitchshifter ...""Screams on through"
4//00 San Francisco,CA.
..........For those of you
not in the know, Pictshifter have been around for about six years now, with
numerous releases on Earache Records, including 1992's "Submit" EP,
1993's "Desensitized", and the brilliant 1996
"Infotainment?". Among the converted were the folks at MCA records,
who released Pitchshifter's latest effort, "www.pitchshifter.com,"
which has been hailed by critics as "a modern industrial classic",
showcases a band utilising all their creative powers to entertain, to question
and to break new musical ground. But the roots of Pitchshifter extend right
back to the early 1990s, and the burgeoning industrial metal underground.
.......... Pitchshifter's live show are always
compulsive (and some times dangerous), stage invasions huge and frequent,
exploding sound systems and the odd broken limb not unheard of. Performing
songs taken mostly from the album "www.pitchshifter.com", the band
stomped and kicked and pounded their songs into the ground until they were
hardly recognizable, all to the extreme delight of the screaming masses that
serve as Pitchshifters fans. The English drum-n-bass tinged metal outfit has
fused punk riffs and break beats into a wall of energy that has earned the
group a loyal following in their homeland as well as here in the States. The
band's video for tracks like 'Underachiever' became MTV satples in Europe, and
the likes of Korn, Tool, Ministry, Biohazard and Girls Against Boys paid their
respects by inviting PSI to support them at key shows. A mysterious crop circle
formation in the shape of the infamous Pitchshifter 'Eye' logo even appeared in
a field near the Phoenix Festival in 1995, shortly before a mid-song stage
invasion during the band's daylight set short circuited the main stage .
band's sound has changed dramatically since their death metal/industrial
beginnings, mutating in 1998 into a snotty, British digital punk escapade. For
Pitchshifter, it was now time to make another musical quantum leap.
'www.pitchshifter.com' is that leap, a 13-track set of radical outpourings in
which Pitchshifter trivialize yet another hybrid musical genre. They have a
punk mentality, and Drum & Bass is the punk of the '90s. It just seemed
natural to make these rhythms the backbone of our ideas." Using their
website to further spread the PSI conspiracy, and with the addition of
wunderkind live guitarist and notorious techno wizard Jim Davies (the man who
wrote the licks for the Prodigy's 'Firestarter' and 'Breath') the creation of
the monster LP that is 'www.pitchshifter.com' commenced. "Pitchshifter are
awesome programmers, and what we did was just bring all their live guitars and
drums into that environment. Once that shit hit the hard drive, there was no
stopping us from making and manipulating the sonic boom that this record
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|| Pitchshiter Members Are !
J.S.Clayden - Vocal
Jim Davies- guitar
Matt Grundy - Guitar
Mark Clayden -bassist
Jason Bowld - Drums