Recorded at Trojan Horse Studios in Oxford in 2006. The ideas came together from looped live drums performed by Umair with synths, ambient noise and sprawling guitar on top to create psychedelic hypnotic soundscapes with existential lyrics exploring themes of hope, will to power and vulnerability. The album was toured in 2009 following the breakup of Umair and Marco's former band Xmas Lights and subsequent material written for future release.
"And so we embark on another epic journey into electronic unpleasantness with Xmas Lights lynchpin Umair Chaudhry, a man who either has an awful lot of spare time on his hands or else has an awful lot of bile to unload. This latest opus weighs in at a full hour and could easily have been stripped of a couple of its more ponderous tracks, Gregorian industrial dirges wherein any hope for mankind’s salvation is hoovered up by some vile robotic battle tank, but at its best this is pretty awesome stuff, lead track ‘Bad Bones’ in particular, with its galley slave beats and eviscerating synthetics that, over ten minutes, billow up into a cavernous cacophony that’s almost operatic in its reach and grandeur, a disembodied robot voice your only friend for the trip. Umair is a master of unrelenting music, doubtless gleaned from his love of Swans, a band who took the idea of desolation to a whole new level."
(Nightshift Magazine Review)
"The Usual Mile" can be downloaded freely. There's also a limited batch of 100 CDs with high quality artwork, available for purchase. Both versions come with song lyrics.
released February 1, 2009
Umair Chaudhry (Vocals, guitar, synth, beats)
Marco Ruggiero (Vocals, bass)