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Unconventional improvised music incorporating experimental metal, free form jazz, art rock, electro-acoustic music, in a quintet with Mike Pride (drums), Charlie Looker (guitar), Chuck Bettis (voice & laptop), Darius Jones (sax) and Sam Hillmer (sax).

Period (Pride / Looker / Bettis / Jones / Hillmer)

Period (Pride / Looker / Bettis / Jones / Hillmer): 2 (Public Eyesore)

Label: Public Eyesore    
Released in: USA    

"For years, now, Mike Pride has joined forces with Charlie Looker to make some off-kilter improvised music that touches on several of their favorite bases at once: experimental metal, free form jazz, art rock, electro-acoustic music and the like. Period, as this union of the drummer and guitarist call themselves, hasn't been confined to just Pride and Looker; Chuck Bettis often sat in with his croaking vocals and light electronic touches, and saxophonists Darius Jones (Little Women) and Sam Hillner (the Zs) sometimes participated in the fun, too. 2 is a blatant display of doom but not blatant display of chops, at least, not in the jazz sense of chops. It's a temperament thing, and much of 2 moves at a glacial pace, and yet, the fury is all there. Slow motion death metal. Listening to 2 makes it easy to imagine why the first album quickly disappeared from stores: music of such profound anger that speaks louder in what is held back than in what is discharged is rarely done soeffectively."-S. Victor Aaron

"Mike Pride: Percussionist • Composer • Vocalist • Visual Artist

Born and raised in Southern Maine, but based out of New York City since 2000, Mike Pride currently performs solo, leads modern-jazz quartet From Bacteria To Boys, the 7-drummer installation-band Drummer's Corpse, and the MDC piano trio I Hate Work. He also co-leads the ensembles Pulverize The Sound (w/ Peter Evans and Tim Dahl), and Period (w/ Charlie Looker and Chuck Bettis). Pride is renowned for his ability to excel in a wide range of genres and ensembles. He has worked with everyone from improvised music icon Anthony Braxton to punk legends Millions Of Dead Cops, toured extensively on four continents, appeared on more than 100 recordings, and is currently touring the world opening for comedian Amy Schumer with Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore.

A short list of his collaborators includes Mick Barr, Tim Berne, Boredoms, Eugene Chadbourne, Nels Cline, Andrew D'Angelo, Trevor Dunn, Dynamite Club, Peter Evans, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Drew Gress, Mary Halvorson, Curtis Hasselbring, Nona Hendryx, Jon Irabagon, Brad Jones, Haino Keiji, Kirk Knuffke, George Lewis, Frank Lowe, Bill McHenry, Tony Malaby, Sam Mickens, Butch Morris, Joe Morris, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Matana Roberts, Herb Robertson, Jamie Saft, Sonny Simmons, Craig Wedren, Nate Wooley, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn.

Pride's versatility doesn't end with his eclectic résumé as a popular sideman and leader/co-leader of many active ensembles spanning the worlds of modern-jazz, avant-rock, noise and doom metal improv. He is also a busy educator and clinician, a soundtrack composer for TV shows, video games, podcasts, independent films, and websites, and an experienced and exhibited visual artist.

Mike proudly uses Yamaha Drums & hardware, Vic Firth striking implements, and Humes & Berg Cases."

-Mike Pride Website (

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Quintet Recordings

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Product Information:

UPC: 888295079112

Label: Public Eyesore
Catalog ID: PE 129
Squidco Product Code: 19073

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
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Mike Pride-drums, percussion

Charlie Looker-baritone, acoustic guitar

Chuck Bettis-vocal, laptop

Darius Jones-alto sax

Sam Hillmer-tenor sax

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Track Listing:

1. Two 16:46

2. Four 11:32

3. Ten 3:50

4. Nine 12:28

5. Six 2:12

6. Eleven 6:24

7. Eight 5:11

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