Album #: 18
Recording Dates: 05/18/1999
Release Date: 1999
While it is now common for the Sheep Fiends to put together and distribute a CD representing the sounds of a single jam; this recording of May 18, 1999 is the earliest example of such a CD. The Sheep Fiends had released a number of cassettes before I added my slant to the band, but it was Dave L., Brian C., and myself that lent a $600 SCSI CD-burner back and forth and dragged the Sheep Fiends into the digital age.
Three Track Sampler
Track 02 - Columbine (Sheep Fiends) - This entire CD consists of swirling trippy instrumentals like the three presented here. The recording quality continues to be fairly low as a Walkman was the recording mechanism of choice (necessity?) for this event. [Scratch on Sampling Keyboard]
Track 06 - Metropolis (Sheep Fiends) - [Scratch on Bass]
Track 14 - Overture (Sheep Fiends) - [Scratch on Sampling Keyboard]
Album #: 17
Recording Dates: 1998-1999
Release Date: 1999
I graduated from school, got married, landed a decent job and moved back to the dirty city. Our landlord spent every night for two months in our apartment installing a furnace. I ran into Brian C. at former Hidden voiceman Brian M.’s wedding. Soon thereafter I joined the two of them in the fluctuating entity known as the Sheep Fiends. With a revolving lineup of musicians, the band emphasis was on improvisation, and the spontaneity kick-started my lagging musical spirit. Meanwhile, I had met Suneel near the end of my tenure at ITT, and had begun recording industrial music with him.
My primary expression shifted from guitars to sample manipulation with the addition of a powerful home computer. Much of 1999 was spent using that computer to create the first twelve volumes of Scratchrock.
Five Track Sampler
Track 02 - The Skipper (Sheep Fiends) - Keyboards and guitars pulsate on this low-grade recording from an early Sheep Fiends jam. [Scratch on Guitar]
Track 06 - Everything is Kinda Bizarre (MX Skroch) - Clocking in at over six minutes, this tour-de-force of home studio trickery came out well despite my less than compelling vocals. This song illustrates why it’s not too difficult to look outside oneself and see the array of confusion that presents itself. The outro bit is the ending of a very early prototype of the song. [Scratch on Vocals and All Instruments]
Track 13 - Ralph’s Reed (MX Skroch) - Speed manipulation and overdriven drums pound away on this foray into sonic religious terror. [Scratch on All Instruments]
Track 16 - Victory Riot (Sheep Fiends) - Just another otherworldly mindfuck typical of 1999-era Sheep Fiends jams. [Scratch on Sampling Keyboard]
Track 20 - Catfish With Advil (MX Skroch) - The flipside of Ralph’s Reed, this track slows the tempo to a crawl…letting every eerie note sink in. [Scratch on All Instruments]