Horde of Two

Guitar & Bass Actions CD

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/Guitar & Bass Actions/ is the debut album by HORDE OF TWO*, *an instrumental group made up of *Mecca Normal* guitarist *David Lester* and solo bassist *Wendy Atkinson.* The album includes abstract and ambient soundscapes, poppy instrumentals and music to cry by. They used varied techniques to provoke distinct and startling sounds from their instruments: a knife on a guitar, improvising while watching films with the sound off and overlapping and intertwining disparate sounds. Recording this album began in the dead of winter with a TV monitor set up in the living room of Wendy?s apartment. The video was cued to a murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock?s film /Blackmail/. They picked up their instruments ? guitar and bass ? Wendy pressed the record button on the 4-track. Their music unfolded in a collaborative response to the tension on screen. Lush tendrils of bass hang from wrought iron balconies of guitar. Wendy Atkinson has released two solo bass albums, /Pink Noise/ and /Trim/ (Smarten UP! Records). She was twice selected for Art in the Air, an international audio art festival, and her music was included in Sonic Landscapes, a sound art exhibit in Michigan, and on the CD compilations /Ladyfest Ottawa/ and /Deep Wireless 5/ (New Adventures in Sound Art, Toronto). David Lester is the guitar player in the underground rock duo Mecca Normal. Along with the band?s singer, Jean Smith, he co-presents a lecture called "How Art & Music Can Change the World." David?s artwork has appeared in /Broken Pencil/, /Bananafish, San Diego Reader/, and /Warburger/. HORDE OF TWO lives in Vancouver, Canada and plans to tour in the Summer and Fall of 2009. For more info and to listen to some of the tracks go to: www.myspace.com/wendyampdavid