An experimental rock trio from Raleigh, North Carolina offers up musical soundscapes reminiscent of film noir soundtracks.
Musically swinging through a variety of moods and textures, the band captures their stream-of-consciousness approach in structured compositions that are not overly complex or too improvisational.
INSTRUMENTATION: Drums, guitars, bass, synthesizers, micro moog, Prophet 600, loop station, turntables, tape loops & drum machines.
Shadow of a Great Name recorded and produced all releases from their own studio using 4-track reel-to-reel and 8-track ADAT.
Formed in March 2001, the band went straight to work on a debut recording. The resulting self-titled CD was composed with the length and limitations of the band's reel-to-reel four track machine in mind. "Shadow Of A Great Name" clocks in at around 33 minutes (roughly the running time of one reel of tape).
It is comprised of six original tunes-- all recorded live in one seamless session, with no edits and no overdubs. Slipping between off-kilter, energetic riffs and groovy film-noir passages, the group's first disc documents their live, "low-fi orchestra" approach.
Majestic, mystical effect sounds that are suggestive of outer space
Shadow Of A Great Name's follow-up CD, "Majestic, mystical effect sounds that are suggestive of outer space," was recorded under similar conditions in summer, 2002.
Like their debut album, "Majestic..." is a self-produced independent release, but it offers further refinement of SGN's soundtrack stylings. Their sophomore effort shows a darker, more electronic side of the band, including a unique cover version of DJ Food's "Wallop."
Invisible side of a situaiton
Only a few months after the release of "Majestic," Shadow Of A Great Name began recording their third album. This one promises to be more of a rock record than their previous releases, but will still carry the group's signature electronic sound during introspective pauses in the action.
Thanks to some new recording equipment at their disposal, it will also be more of a "studio" project, featuring a wider palette of sounds. SGN expects to deliver CD #3 in August 2003 and to celebrate with selected regional touring.