On Fillmore

Once dubbed "the rhythm section's revenge" by Jim O'Rourke, On Fillmore is back with their most elaborate work, Extended Vacation. The duo is formed by bassist Darin Gray and percussionist Glenn Kotche, who were originally hand-picked by O'Rourke as the rhythm section for his album Eureka (Drag City, 1999) and joined him on several tours and his next two albums (Halfway to a Threeway and Insignificance). It was in 2000 during a gig at Scott Walker's Meltdown Festival in London while touring with O'Rourke that On Fillmore was conceptualized. Nearly a decade later, the band is stretching the very definition of the term "rhythm section." Kotche and Gray both have long and impressive musical resumes – Kotche is a respected composer whose most recent album was released on Nonesuch as well as a member of Wilco, while Gray's recorded output began in the '90s, when he was a member of the experimental bands Brise-Glace, Yona-Kit and Dazzling Killmen. Since then, Gray's been gaining notoriety as a world-class performer and improviser, releasing solo recordings as well as numerous collaborative works with musicians Loren Mazzacane Connors, Akira Sakata, and Chris Corsano, among others. After two releases, On Fillmore released their third album Sleeps with Fishes on Quakebasket/Drag City in 2004. The album gained acclaim among fans of experimental music and the duo was invited to play the Percpan Festival in Brazil the next year. They also performed a collaborative concert with 2 of Brazil at Chicago's Contemporary Art Museum and kept busy scoring two original motion pictures for director JT Petty's films S&Man and Blood Red Earth. Extended Vacation is the result of three years of collaboration, painstakingly labored over during the stretches of time when Gray and Kotche were not involved with their numerous other musical outlets. This slow process is apparent in the recordings – the melodies are delicate, beautiful and haunting, surrounded by driving rhythms, and assembled into complex and precise collages of sound. On Fillmore make use of upright bass, unusual percussion, field recordings, vibraphone and various small instruments, exploring both repetition and spaciousness in the recordings. Joined by guest Dede Sampaio on bird sounds, Extended Vacation takes the listener on a strange, dreamlike journey. Melodies blend with atmosphere, the sounds are confusing and comforting, concocting a rich cinematic landscape of sound. With Gray based in St. Louis and Kotche in Chicago, Extended Vacation is the result of two friends and musical partners separated by hours of driving, making music that transcends distance. Gray and Kotche's music is a dialogue conducted in a truly unique and special language.

On Fillmore Announce Select Dates For Summer

3hhs_onfillmore2_7It is all too rare that percussionist Glenn Kotche and bassist Darin Gray are able to convene for their On Fillmore project. Once dubbed “the rhythm section’s revenge” by Jim O’Rourke, Kotche and Gray traveled to Japan earlier this year, both to perform their own shows and and play in O’Rourke’s band. The duo’s moody November 2009 Dead Oceans debut, Extended Vacation, was celebrated by those who realized just how special an occassion it is when these two talents get together. The New York Times called the album, “a peculiar update of early-1960s exotica, with a heart of darkness in place of a setting sun,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen named Extended Vacation as one of his favorite albums of the fall. Since the album’s release, Kotche and Gray have been engaged in sporadic but intense rehearsals, attempting to hone the subtle complexities of the album (which features exotic bird calls, marching band explosions and purring motors) into a robust live experience.

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ON FILLMORE Debuts Master Moon Video

There’s something pitch perfect about this eerie and playful time-lapse video for On Fillmore’s “Master Moon,” a song culled from 2009′s excellent vibe-heavy Extended Vacation. Directed by Pat Burns and taken from raw footage by On Fillmore, the video captures the isolation of life whilst on perpetual tour (on Venus). Check out the clip below.

ON FILLMORE Scores Documentary on Underground Horror Films

If you’ve ever studied film, you know that the right soundtrack can easily multiply the fear factor of a horror movie. For JT Petty’s 2006 documentary “S&Man,” ON FILLMORE’S eerie score does the trick. Petty’s film examines the comparison between filmmaking and voyeurism, within the context of underground fetish films. Hear a sample of On Fillmore’s music backing these disturbing images in the trailer below. For more info on “S&Man,” see the film’s IMDb page HERE.

ON FILLMORE’S Extended Vacation Released Today, Highlighted In The New York Times

Today, the “rhythm section’s revenge” otherwise known as ON FILLMORE, the collaboration of Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and bassist Darin Gray, release unto the world their sultry, lovely Dead Oceans’ debut, Extended Vacation. The album is a confusing and comforting journey that features moody vibes, noir-film bass approaches, jungle predators, exotic birdcalls and ominous, rattling war drums. Don’t you think you deserve a little vacay?

This week, Extended Vacation was featured in The New York Times’ Sunday Playlist, in which critic Nate Chinen said of the piece: “It all suggests a peculiar update of early-1960s exotica, with a heart of darkness in place of a setting sun.” Read the entire review HERE.

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