released October 8, 2010
Based in Turners Falls, MA, Flaming Dragons Of Middle Earth are the brainchild of visionary wheelchair-bound ‘band shaman’ Danny Cruz, who leads an ensemble of rotating non-musicians, artists, oddballs, kids with Down Syndrome, etc in weekly jams at a community resource centre, playing what he describes as ‘Mud Lightning Metal’. Cruz is heavily into Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart and Roky Erickson and has a fascination with zombies, punk rock, metal, horror movies and the aesthetics of the free form freak. The Seed Of Contempt is the first available document of their wild reign, capturing a bunch of jaw-dropping sessions recorded onto cassette between 2007 and 2010. Cruz’s vocals are somewhere between Nate Young of Wolf Eyes and Don Van Vliet and his cosmo-philosophical lyrics touch on cartoons, anarchy, radical politics and evil in the night.
David Keenan says:
The music ranges from Wasa Wasa-style destructo blues as played by The Familiar Ugly through odd piano/vocals tracks ala Richard Youngs’ "Advent", brokedown folk with weeping brass, unaccompanied vocal rants and wonky big band jams that channel cryptic NNCK-style environments via the LA freak scene around Wild Man Fischer and weirdo LAFMS satellites like Ace & Duce and Smegma. The Seed Of Contempt goes well beyond mere real people interest: it feels like a bunch of kids mainlining everything that’s great about the wildest, freakiest rock/roll and free improvisation of the 20th century.
Funny, sad, exhilarating, confusing, effortlessly out – it’s hard to believe such a purely-conceived document could even exist in the current cynical/know-all post-Wikipedia world. If this hadda come out on some private press side in 1970 then Acid Archives would have already erected a monument. But this is real – if you wanna drop in and jam with them, the invitation is there: every Thursday at 5pm at The Brick House, Turners Falls, MA 01027. Tell em we sent you. If you can’t make it, this LP will take you *there* all the same. Consider us blown away. “Sun Ra’s good, it’s a good jazz band, good methods he had.” Massively cool cover, heavy vinyl, with insert. Highly recommended.
Notes from LP insert:
Recorded on Cassette 2007-2010 in and around the Brick House Turners Falls, MA by Nick Williams, Cory Matthews, Zach Phillips, Neil Young Cloaca and Caroline Bren. Sequenced by Nick Williams. Mastered by Nick Zampiello. All Songs by Danny Cruz and Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth: Coco, Cory, Nick, Loren, Bob, Zach, Zack, Dooley, Jeremey, Danny B., Cathe, Jeremey T., Carrie, Sam, Mary, D'angelo, Midget, Bryan, Brendan, Ryan, Jesse, Lisette, Andrea, Colleen, Monik, Little John and many others.
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COME JAM WITH FDOME EVERY THURSDAY FROM 4 TO 6 PM AT THE BRICK HOUSE - 24 3rd STREET TURNERS FALLS MASSACHUSETTS USA. ( this information is no longer up to date - Practice now happens Thursdays 5-8pm at 108 J Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376