Doug Snyder & Bob Thompson / Daily Dance (CD)
LP replica with booklet
Label: Lion Productions
CD / LP replica with booklet
“Daily Dance” was recorded in Bob Thompson’s kitchen sometime during 1972.
A New Frontiers Production.
Track 4 was left off the initial release of DAILY DANCE due to time limitations. Here restored for the first time (booklet text).
#Ref: Lion 640
Release date: 2010
After meeting at a Stooges/MC5 concert, drummer Bob Thompson and guitarist Doug Snyder met one fine day in October 1972 in Thompson’s kitchen and bashed out this set of fiery improvisations, seemingly influenced as much by Iggy’s proto-punk moves as John Coltrane’s whole “sheets of sound” ethos; the result is a mythical frenzy of distorted guitar and improvised drums, creating walls of psychedelic noise; its sound is unparalleled for its time, preceding its closest kin, New York’s no-wave explosion, by a solid five years. And because of it’s lack of pretensions (it was done almost innocently), the record comes off as something, dare we say, a little more “spiritual” than is the norm for such excursions. It is a singular recording, one that mainlines the classic high energy pantheon of the Velvet Underground, Stooges, Pharaoh Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, etc. while anticipating the free jazz/noise/no wave synthesis of groups that would follow in their footsteps. Thompson and Snyder get into some abstruse territory, with Snyder tearing industrial gamelan shapes from his six strings while Thompson uses the guts of his kit as the basis for new tonal alphabets. But it’s all rendered with a strong savage ethos that effortlessly equates monochord rock obliteration with the celestial freedom of Cecil Taylor/John Coltrane, et al., while establishing new territory as advanced as that attained by the most far-reaching visionaries of the rock ‘n’ roll blueprint… still hard to believe that this was recorded in 1972. A major historical unearthing, remastered from the original tapes, and beautifully packaged in a Stoughton paste-on mini-LP jacket, with an informative Obi/U-Card, and an extensive 20-page booklet of liner notes and photos. Produced in conjunction with Cantor Records, who recently made Daily Dance available on vinyl for the first time in 35 years. Includes one bonus track (not included on the LP reissue), which was intended for the original release, but left off at the last moment for time considerations.
“They generate waves of energy through cascading feedback squall and drumbo bash and shimmer. A few tracks will start with something vaguely resembling a ‘groove,’ before they quickly deteriorate into their lonely Buckeye din.” —Dante Carfagna.
“In 1972-73, all of their respective busy-’60s musical experiences coalesced in the birth of this Daily Dance disc you’re now sliding into. With Bob the more seasoned pro at this point, his drums carry the careening melodies, while Doug’s electric-guitar forays furnish the skronked rhythms, a kind of role-reversal that gives this set its terrific texture. I reviewed the original Daily Dance LP in Creem magazine back in 1977, when I called it, “Abstract, but terribly immediate music… Highly Recommended. There’s nothing I could add to that capsule now.” —Richard Riegel
(Riegel’s writings about music have appeared in Creem, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, and other publications, since the 1970’s).
1. Daily Dance (10:10) 2. Living With the Crocodiles (1:25) 3. Time Overlaps Itself (8:35) 4. Unseen, Unheard (1:54) 5. Soul and Universe (4:47) 6. Hit and Run (5:40) 7. Truth is a Pathless Land (2:47) 8. Teenage Emergency (8:40)