Grounds For Dismissal documents Sustentacula as a five-piece, with bassist Rick Dance, and lead vocalist Lilly Gamaney. The current trio is David Rafn, Alyssa Reed-Stuewe, & Ryan Stuewe. In addition to being recorded by Kevin Rafn at Basement Behavior, he contriubuted synthesizer parts as well, bringing a new harmonic complexity to their sound. All in all, it's the material that shines through any possible nitpick regarding band-tightness, in fact the live-recorded band has a refreshing freedom to it, very welcome in this age of by-the-grid productions.
WarbleRecords.com is the web-cave for musicians Sustentacula, Seance Crasher, Julian Snow, David Liabraaten, Daniel Rafn, & Coronation. While our styles may differ, our dedication is the same. Warble is a deliver-er of hotly contested art, curated by perfectionists eager to learn. We live in Portland, Salem & Silverton, Oregon.
Mr. Warble debuted in the mid-1990s as an unusually unstable microcassette message. The first Warble long-player was pretty unremarkable, but nonetheless did feature drum wizardry from one "Skippy", later of Black Francis' band. The die was firmly cast with Julian Snow's third Warbler, "Doodle" (1998). Concurrently the elder Rafn (David) set up with his "seminal Portland post-rock" band Kremlin Bronx.
The two trains (J. Snow + Rafns) collided in the fall of 2001 at a Bloody Muse show in Keizer. Meanwhile, the Warble imprint took up temporary hibernation while David LiaBraaten and Julian launched Subsun. Sneaking back into circulation c.2007 with low-profile releases led by Keizer lo-fi legend Peter DeGroot, Warble consolidated its position in 2010 with Daniel's sharp website and a friendly takeover of the Subsun catalog (including releases by Root Villa and Anbot Rodroid). David L. returning to the fold c. 2011, the big tent now warbles into the future.
The City Bus EP is another short collection of home recordings that sits stylistically between the last two releases serving as a prelude to Seance Crasher's imminent full length record. With songs driven by vintage drum machines, monophonic synthesizer and acoustic guitar, the EP is equally a continuation of PUP's boneheaded electronic production as well as Piano Pill's balladeer nature. Included on the EP is the Lee Hazlewood song 'Easy and Me' originally from his album Cowboy in Sweden.
The City Bus EP contains songs 'Jakey', the aforementioned cover, and 'City Bus'.
The video for Are You Listening is a collaboration between Daniel Rafn, Double Plus Good, and Kya Bliss (of dance collective House of Aquarius). Kya's takes were all improvised - she practiced to the song for weeks in order to be spontaneous in movement and emotion, yet within a familiarity to the material. The song is a fully re-worked version that originally comes from Double Plus Good's 2014 album You Can Master Life. The video was shot by Kevin England and directed by Rafn.
Cool Evidence is Coronations' latest single. Featuring their customary Italo-disco sound sonically, and a dark-seduction vibe from Joshua Blanchard's vocals. The group is this year a trio with David LiaBraaten joining as percussionist and hype-man.
Sustentacula's seventh full-length record. Album credits: Ryan Stuewe: MPC, tape loops, electronics. David Rafn: electronics, vocals, synthesizer, tape loops. Lilly Gamaney: vocals. Alyssa Reed-Stuewe: movement. Artwork by Alyssa, Ryan, and David. Art direction/concept by Alyssa. Mixed & mastered by David Liabraaten.