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William E. Fantegrossi
saw them play at the peace center in D.C. with cupid car club
(including ian and steve of nation of ulysses fame), pitchman,
and slant 6 . . . the scissor girls were fukin rad . . . i got
their tape and it's neat . . . do they have anything else out
on comps or whatever?
current no-wave band is Scissor Girls, especially their two 7"s,
New Tactical Plan Sec. I + II. Haven't heard the new one on Atavistic
yet. The first lp and 7" are good, but not as out there
as New Tactical Plan.
Records has just releases a new 10" by the Scissor Girls
and I think the production on this record is just as brilliantly
scrambled as the Sec I and II 7"'s they released. Also the
band is playing the MacIntosh festival in NYC around the July
19th date as well as Providence RI where I am from. The ' So
that you can start to se
I saw Monsieur Tiers and his guitar orchestra about a month ago at the Atavistic Records night of Macintosh Music Fest. I was there for Scissor Girls, who continue to absolutely rule (check out New Tactical Plan Sec. I + II, two 7"s packaged in ziploc bags).
Tiers, to me, was an absolute wankfest. I dig Branca etc. but this was like 4 guitars and one or two basses and drums going absolutely nowhere, mired in old man prog rock structures. My friends and i were calling it Wharton Tiers' Phalanx of Wank. This was, seriously, one of the most boring sets i've ever seen.
I was disappointed because I know Tiers' pedrigree, producing great records by SY, Born Against, Helmet, Unrest etc. And playing with Rhys Chatham back in the day and all. But I could not handle his band.
buy the Scissor Girls post-Fall/post-No Wave explosion, and forget
Wharton Tiers as a performer.
anyone have the address to, if it exists, the fan club of this band?
info on them would be appreciated.
The scissor girls have a fan club? I seriously doubt it...
I'd like to now a little more about them myself. I know they
tell you...I had the misfortune of playing a show with them in
Madison, WI, and I've never seen such incompetence displayed
by any "band." There is, contrary to some beliefs,
some value in the ability to play one's instrument...and to write
Scissor Girls discography, as far as I recall. First 7". First LP (_From the Scissor Girls To the Imaginary Layer..._). Recorded album, not released for awhile. Changed guitarists (Kelly Kuvo joined). Released two 7"s in _New Tactical Outline_ series. Album with old guitarist finally came out on Atavistic, _We People Space with Phantoms_. 10" on Load _...So You Can Start to See What S-T-A-T-I-C-L-A-N-D Will Look Like_. Last-ever show (because Kelly is moving to New York). Finishing final album for Atavistic before Kelly leaves. Singles comp likely to come out, label uncertain. Bassist/vocalist Azita Youssefi has a solo album out under the name "AZ", _Music for Scattered Brains_.
aside, if you haven't heard the Scissor Girls, they combined
some obvious "no wave" influences that are much talked
about (DNA being among the more prominent) with more "rock"
aspects, such as the Fall. Synthesizers played more prominently
in their recordings than their live shows. Live they were an
incredibly unpredictable band, with a wide variety of guests
on different instruments. Strange stage costumes only added to
the weirdness. Musically, by the end, it amazed me how they could
hold together such jarring and fragmented chaos into really coherent
and moving music. In an era when both "no wave" and
"girl bands" seem like cool buzz-words, the Scissor
Girls had obvious elements of both (they were all-female), without
falling into either as a pigeonhole or a limitation. They were
probably the most original and compelling band in Chicago in
a long time, and I, for one, am saddened by their end.
had a friend go on and on about them for the last few months
and from what you just described of them, I'd love them! I didn't
know they were a "girl" band to be honest! Wow, I love
it when bands like that defy expectations. It's a shame I didn't
know about them earlier and maybe got a chance to see them live.
But I doubt they ever got to atlanta on a tour. I guess it's
better to break up a band too soon then to die a slow and painful
death like many bands recently...
I still say that the fact that they broke up is a blessing. There
is something to be said for musical competence, kids...
thought Heather was one of the most original and incredibly talented
drummers I've ever seen. To be able to hold a completely steady,
rock-solid beat, regardless of what is going on around you, is
a talent few other musicians I've ever seen can master. Azita
wrote bass lines that were, for all of their destructo tendencies,
really intricate and complex. And I still have no clue of how
Kelly could even keep track of her parts, and yet she was able
to duplicate them every night. Sure, I can see where some could
find their music hard to follow, and I'm not trying to convince
you that you should listen to them if you don't want to put forth
the effort to comprehend it. But anyone who saw the Scissor Girls
in the last year or so and found them inept is not just apathetic,
but flat-out wrong. Period. To me, musical competence is defined,
in part, by the ability to repeatedly play a part which someone
else could not easily duplicate. If they learned to play in a
style that you can't stand, that's fine, and you're entitled
to such an opinion. At the same time, defining the results as
inept is completely hard-headed and reactionary. Thankfully,
15 years later, bands ranging from the Fall to Chrome to the
Contortions are finally being accepted for broadening the way
we think about music. Unfortunately, some folks are just too
closed-minded and dismissive to accept such innovations, even
in the face of just being wrong. I'm not arguing that anyone
has to like or listen to the Scissor Girls, but to deny their
talent, regardless of what you think of them, is the wimpiest
excuse in the book. Explaining why you do or don't like a particular
band is obviously not easy, but there's certainly no need to
resort to name calling to justify your taste. If you don't like
the Scissor Girls, fine, we disagree. Just don't rationalize
Atavistic CD is actually quite old but was just released this
They've also got tracks on two fine compilation CDs:
"New Tactical Plan" appears on the _Dig This!_ Doorika Theater benefit compilation, which came out on the Sweet Pea label. It's a different version of a song that I beleive was previously available on a TSG label 7", originally called "New Tactical Outline."
Process of E-limination" appears on the _100 Watts_ WHPK-FM
compilation, which is out on Atavistic, and in which I have a
considerable vested interest. This track is a live recording
from WHPK's weekly live rock show.
they're also on the go-in-the-dark 7" comp or did someone
say that already?
Well, I still say that the fact that they broke up is a blessing.
There is something
gee, thanks dad, us silly kids were just confused when we thought
that we *liked* the scissor girls. thanks for setting us straight.
Forgive my uninformed query (news travels slow when it travels at all here in Delaware), but perhaps one would be so kind as to shed some light upon the apparent disintegration of the beloved Scissor Girls? How long ago--months? weeks? I witnessed their live show in July--they were very much together.
Any news on what projects, if any, the former members will take on? Drummer, Heather, shall continue with Lake of Dracula, right? What about singer, azita, or banjo maven, miss Kuvo? Any information will be gleefully embraced.
institution will be missed, for the rationality problem still
exists. There is still contradiction, and their are still vamps
me. Inform me. please
Yes, indeed the Scissor Girls have called it quits, Mrs. Kelly K has moved on to New York, AZ is 'working on a new project' and Heather is playing around town with Lake of Dracula, along with Al from Shorty/US Maple and someone else, look fer something from LoD on Skin Graft soon.
for the most part, complete Scissor Girls discography, as of
they appeared on a now out of print 7 inch comp on Simple Machines
along with Slant 6 awhile back, and they have a track on this
flexi disk that came with this magazine called 'Rocktober' also.
They have a live track on this CD a magazine called 'Lumpen Times'
put out, and also one on some kind of benifit comp that had the
Coctails on it as well. Hope I was of some help, check out my
web page, we have some stuff you may like if you are a SG fan.
spaeking of "chicken Bomb" it was put out by the lumpins
but the cocktails aren't on it.
there is another comp., I totally forget what it was, it had
a bunch of live stuff from local bands, the last song was a really
long Coctails song, maybe something WNUR put out, maybe. It was
like, last year...
100 Watts_ It's all live stuff from WHPK. Atavistic put it out.
you are right.
Told ya! :)
anyone have any addresses for any of these labels?
PO 476748 Chicago, Il. 60647
Add to that discography:
People Space With Phantoms" (Atavistic Records)
Records at--P.O.Box 578266/Chicago, IL 60657
As for the Monkeytech and Load releases, I have them, but not here in my dorm, so I am not able to look up the addresses.
have Azita's solo record? I know nothing about it other than
that it exists. Also, do Lake of Dracula (drummer from SG, plus
Weasel Walter and ex-couch vocalizer) have any recordings lying
releases were listed as part of my original posting....
Didn't see it. Heartfelt apologies...
many thanks for the information re: AZ/Lake of Dracula.
To: The Imaginary Layer On Skeletons is also available as a CD on The Making Of Americans.
SG Research at:
(who got the address from her tattered and sun-melted NTOI 7")
Graft boys... it's hard to describe their sound, if I knew the
Scissor Girls better then I'd be able to relate with more authority
what I've heard about them sounding similar. However, they're
pretty noisy and very atonal and they've been known to execute
random time-signature changes.
Gigantis Lobe "the largest fumagation ever!" cassette
If you like the sillier side of Nurse With Wound, do check out Azita's _Music_For_Scattered_Brains_ CD. Track 8 is especially cool. I just picked this one up today. Azita is a former member of a group called The Scissor Girls, I think, and if anyone knows where I can find more info about them online, I'd appreciate it.
you all live in noisy times.
have any information about this group and it's members other
projects and you have the time to write it down, or send me in
the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.
don't hear much about THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN anymore; does
that mean they were crap and that new bands like THE SCISSOR
GIRLS are better?
[Actually, I think he's talking about the SCISSOR SISTERS! -Roger]
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