About this release:
Coming from backgrounds in rock and punk, The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary (MELSA) takes the conventionnal string trio format and twist it so it integrates the angst and energy crucial to these genres. The ladies began working together as a module of large scale experimental improv band Set Fire to Flames and decided to carry the experiment on their own. The MELSA blends elements of punk, folk and minimalist composition, with an ear for the music of avant-garde legends like Arnold Dreyblatt, Iva Bittova and Steve Reich. They are Becky Foon (A Silver Mount Zion, Esmerine) on cello, Genevieve Heistek (Sackville, Hanged Up) on viola and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You Black Emperor, ASMZ) on violin.
From cells of roughest air is the Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary's first record and a first also for the Bangor label. It features a vibrant main composition by the whole group and three solo pieces where each individuality can fully express itself. The main piece was recorded by Howard Bilerman at Montreal's Hotel 2 Tango and the album mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering. Available in hand-packaged CD and 10" vinyl formats with beautiful silkscreened cover.
- Features members of GYBE, Set Fire to Flame, ASMZ, Esmerine, Hanged Up.
- Moving exploratory string music with the sharp edge of punk