Sound Scene Express Previews STEP DOWN TOOMEY by David Bernabo

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Sound Scene Express preview the first single from STEP DOWN TOOMEY, my new solo album. Following in the fashion of 2016's THE INN, this album takes improvised drum recordings and finds me again composing to the drums. This is a short album -- 7 songs -- since I lost interest in this technique, but I'm extremely happy with these songs, which go to further extremes than the tunes on THE INN. 

Check out Sound Scene Express's article

and listen to the album here:

 

 

Post-Gazette and Sound Scene Express weigh in on Host Skull's Destruction by David Bernabo

Pick up our new record here or tonight at 937 Liberty Ave for our release show.

 

Sound Scene Express

"For every jarring moment (like the distorted static buzz in the instrumental of “Form Destroyer,” and the punctuated, discordant ending of “No One Else”), there was a charming or cool one to match it (like the entrancing tribal rhythm and pretty acoustic guitar riff in “Novel,” plus wherever the warbling keys made an appearance.) If you have any particular love for the guitar, you’ll also appreciate how it’s used to its full capacity here. Driving, crunchy, punkish riffs; moody, mournful solos; jamming phrases and patterns that take melodic risks; all with varying levels of distortion and effects. This range is impressive, and crucial for creating the variety of moods Destruction evokes. And the consistent comfort of Bernabo’s distinct, slightly muted vocals are a connecting thread throughout."

"Nowhere does Host Skull more clearly deviate from the formulaic than with their percussion. It often dominates the musical landscape: shifting gears drastically within songs; pausing and attacking, repeatedly; each hit lining up exactly with a guitar or bass note. All this energetic, technically impressive activity (most concentrated in the rallying second track, “Animal Head”) is effective at keeping you on your toes. But it’s balanced with subdued, slower tracks, which still have their own standout moments of strangeness. The resigned melancholy of “My Possessions,” the wandering contemplation of “Dan in L.A.”, and the gorgeous, surprising ambient soundscape in the last half of the closer, “Big Tan”—all provide valleys relative to those higher-octane peaks."

http://www.soundsceneexpress.com/host-skull-subverts-the-expected-with-new-avant-rock-album-destruction/

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"They used an outside engineer for the first time, and then back in Pittsburgh, Mr. Bernabo and guitarist Erik Cirelli “experimented with crafting guitar solos line by line, doubling or harmonizing each line as we went.”

Those guitars have some real bite on “Host Skull’s Destruction,” an atmospheric indie rock gem filled with angular melodies and intricate playing that brings to mind latter-day Wilco, Spoon, Pavement and Steely Dan.

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2017/07/27/Indie-rock-band-Host-Skull-plans-its-own-Destruction-David-Bernabo-Will-Dyar/stories/201707270007

New Releases: HSOB015 and HSOB018 by David Bernabo

HSOB015: DAVID BERNABO DB IN COLLEGE

A collection of recordings made during David Bernabo's college years from 2001 to 2004. (Released 4/19/2017)


 

HSOB018: THE REDUCTION (PERFORMANCE FILM)

Four dancers, three camera persons, and a musician perform The Reduction, an evening-length dance piece that attempts to alter time, the role of the performer, and the role of the audience. Featuring choreographer David Bernabo, bassist Darin Gray, dancers Ru Emmons, JoAnna Dehler, Lauryn Petrick, and narrator Lenka Clayton. (Released 4/25/2017)

Erik Cirelli & David Bernabo - Horrible Backbone by David Bernabo

Guitarist Erik Cirelli, who also plays in Host Skull, and I made a duo record. The limited edition CDR version is sold out, but digital downloads are available. 

Erik and I share thoughts about making the record on Recital, a new home for musicians to discuss music. 

I made a lot of videos last year . . . by David Bernabo

As Arts and Culture Editor for the The Glassblock, I did a lot of video editing. In fact, in the past year, we have published 63 videos. Since you may have this Monday off, take a tour through some of my favorites.