Links : Links to other sites. I Toiling Midgets furono uno dei complessi che nacque a San Francisco dalle ceneri dei Negative Trend e degli Sleepers, due mitici gruppi hardcore della prima ora. I secondi, nati nelavevano registrato sotto la guida del cantante Ricky Williams ex batterista dei Crime un EP di portata storica, Seventh World Win,testimonianza di un gruppo che proponeva incalzante rock and roll alla New York Dolls e Heartbreakers con forti accenti glam Seventh Worldtribalismi ipnotici e schitarrate oniriche quasi Siouxsie No Time e psicodrammi largamente improvvisati Linda.
Post a Comment. Boasting an incomparable style somewhere between Mick Jagger and Scott Walker and driven by more than a few pharmaceuticals amidst rumors of mental hospital staysWilliams owned a truly odd voice that often clashed with the bands he fronted - to the point where the songs often sounded like disparate worlds colliding. Featuring fellow Sleeper Tim Mooney on drums, the record remains the strongest release in the Toiling Midgets catalog and something that every serious music fan should hear at least once.
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The Toiling Midgets spawned from congress between the Sleepers and Negative Trend, two of the Bay Area's most avowedly confrontational hardcore bands. Congruous to Flipper two of whose founders played in Negative Trendthe new quintet boiled its songs down to their most primary elements, reassembling them if the mood struck but often allowing guitar solos to writhe somewhere in the middle distance as a disconnected rhythm cut in and out. For better or worse, however, the Midgets were distinguished almost entirely by singer Ricky Williams, a drug-addled, volatile-voiced figure of precarious mental balance.
They have been active on-and-off sincewith their early s lineup getting most attention due to the involvement of Mark Eitzel of American Music Club. They reunited in After a few years on hiatus, in Hood, Gray and Mooney reunited, initially again as an instrumental band, with Joe Goldring on bass, but they recruited singer Mark Eitzel for whom Williams had been an influence of the American Music Club in
Lineup : Craig Gray - guitar, keys. Paul Hood - guitar. Lisa Davis - bass.
After all, the relationship between art and commerce is notoriously complicated, and marketability doesn't necessarily accompany creativity or vision. Their cult of discerning admirers notwithstanding, the Toiling Midgets only issued three proper albums—'s Sea of Unrest for Rough Trade's Instant imprint, 's Dead Beats for the Joe Carducci-affiliated Thermidor label, and 's Son for a young Matador Records—during an on-again, off-again career that has lasted 35 years. A Smaller Life seeks to rectify this situation and introduce both curious saplings and grizzled historians to the reclusive San Francisco institution's unreleased canon.
They have continued to play shows to the present, including a tour of the Northwest in November, The current lineup does not feature a vocalist, and the Midgets' instrumental rock is almost always defined as "undefinable. Paul Hood had previously been a bassist in Seattle but picked up the guitar in the hopes of playing in a rock band like his hero, Mick Ronson.
Jump to navigation. The Toiling Midgets? If memory serves well, I have a album entitled Son issued through Matador by that band.