Down below Times Square, where crowds swell and trains screech by, Lorenzo LaRoc plays his five-string plexiglass electric violin. A few blocks south, at Penn Station, the rhythms of Afro-Caribbean beats reverberate through subway tunnels as the United Drummers of Yisrael (UDY) pound their conga drums. To some commuters these musicians are simply nuisances. But to Andrew Rallo they are his "close-knit army of musicians."
First things first: This is not like the Giraffes previous CD (loud, aggressive, in-your-face rock tinged with rage and sex); this EP is a detour (quieter, aggressive, in-your-face rock tinged with rage and sex). Reaching back to their surf-rock-metal roots, the Giraffes come crawling out of the mud and muck with sexy, understated, hypnotic tunes that find your darkest corners, dig their pincers into you, and feed.
In 1976, Robert Ashley completed a massive project called Music with Roots in the Aether, a television opera for voices and electronics consisting of fourteen hours of videotaped interviews with seven composers: David Behrman, Philip Glass, Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and Robert Ashley along with hour-long live performances of their music.