History At Our Disposal - "Novella"
(Pyramid Scheme 2001, ps-001)
From Aural Innovations #23 (April 2003)
The Pyramid Scheme is a web based art collective based in Denton, Texas to help promote the underground music and art scene. The label has released a few CD-R releases now and History at our Disposal (HAOD), will soon have a new CD as well. The main man of this project is Jason Reimer and it was all recorded at his home studio, The Sauna. The music is a mixture of noisy experimental indie pop songs but far too strange to be very mainstream. The first listens you wonder what these folks are into and what music influences them. A Days Work, A Days Bread is a very hypnotic track with cool phased out sounds and a great groove before slamming you in the face. Wow. This is in total contrast to the Intermission piece, which is 2 minutes of strange noises floating together and St. Francis Thorn is a mostly acoustic ballad, albeit an abnormal one, but emotional. Most of the rest of the numbers have slow starts but really build up, like Oak.
HOAD have put together a highly successful collection of tracks with a variety of styles and sonic sounds. Some of this is not that easy to describe but it is for sure underground music made with a lot of talent and imagination.
For more information you can visit the Pyramid Scheme web site at: http://www.pyramid-scheme.com.
Contact via snail mail c/o The Pyramid Scheme; PO Box 628; Denton, TX 76202.
Reviewed by Scott Heller