• my cat is an alien / pestrepeller Solar Anarchy / As Wolf (pic disc LP, £5.50)

    label: A Silent Place

    My Cat Is An Alien are the brothers Roberto and Maurizio Opalio, who have been spreading their unique brand of mysterious guitarnoise improv across the globe for ten years. Pestrepeller are a barely-existing band of part-time musicians from the UK. The core trio is Harley Richardson, Ed Pinsent and Savage Pencil, occasionally joined by guest musicians. Richardson is a mathematics and computer expert who made a late and sudden conversion to free improvised noise, now happily sitting before an amplifier and feeding its fuzz through a bank of guitar pedals. Ed Pinsent (who plays organ and Moog) is the editor of The Sound Projector magazine and presenter of a radio show of the same name. He was a comic artist and writer, now semi-retired, for about 15 years; through that medium, he met Savage Pencil, cult underground cartoonist. Pencil is the only core member with any history of playing in bands, as singer with The Art Attacks and Tagmemics, and guitarist in The Kray Cherubs. He is an ardent collector of vinyl and was steeped in the sounds of free noise, jazz, avant-garde and noise music before letting his secret knowledge uncoil through twisted untutored guitar notes with Pestrepeller.

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