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22 December :: The death of Sculpted Static
And so, after four years and two albums, it has come to an end.
All the former members of Sculpted Static have now formed a new
band called The Tonics. Their debut album is due Spring 2005 and
will contain some original songs and some Sculpted Static covers.
3 November :: Bush wins
...ensuring another four years of angry, depressing, apocalyptic and frustrated
music from this band and many others.
We will be recording this winter break. Our goal is to finish
a new album.
30 August :: Big day for releases
You can now listen to "Opium" and "You're only
human (do you know what you're doing)" on our soundclick.com
site. There's one more in the pipeline: a Pixies-ish pop song
with Elisa Morimoto on lead vocals. We should be getting that
out this winter break, when Ian has his drums again. Oh, by
the way, we decided not to release "No Logo" because
it is pretty crap compared to our other new songs. Something
to do with the sound quality, the songwriting, and that I hate
my voice on it. "Cube" will also remain unreleased.
It's simply not living up to the vision we had for it. Some
of it's good and might be recycled.
18 June :: Shooting for fall release
This will probably be the last news item until late-August,
because I'm going away to England for eight weeks. When I come
back, I'll start doing the final mixdowns of everything. Thank
you for your patience, and have a great summer!
12 June :: More on the new songs
It looks like we are going back to the lavishly produced sound
of older (Sunny Ash-era) Sculpted Static. Trying hard
not to turn things into a Phil Spector/wall-of-sound mush. We've
been working on a song called "Opium," which includes,
of all things, an accordion solo played by me. "Cube"
is sort of stuck on the assembly line, because we are not happy
with the second half. I hope we don't leave it unfinished, and
we probably won't, because we've recorded most of the instruments
already and the first part of the vocals is quite spectacular.
"No Logo" is the likely flagship of this series of
songs... it's radio friendly and has a singalong chorus. "Pearly*"
is almost finished, but since it's a cover, we probably have
to host the .mp3 ourselves.
We are working on even more song ideas: top of the list is the
revival of "ProgK", which we've always wanted to do
but somehow never got around to.
Mark's writing a new song but we'll see if we can fit it into
our recording schedule this summer.
Finally, check out our listing and Mark's wit on somesongs.com.
8 June :: "Distance" screening announcement
Excerpt from Alan's e-mail: "Those of us in Idiot Cult Productions
fledgling film unit have been plugging away on several films
for two and a half years now, and we finally have something
to show for it: one 35-minute short omnibus film called 'Adam&Eve
Cycle' and a trippy music video called 'Distance,' set to Sculpted
Static's excellent song by the same name.
"And we'll be screening both of them this Saturday night! This
will be a private first screening of our work for you guys--the
Distance video at least will be sent off to festivals--so it's
an exclusive look at our first batch of completed work (soon
to be followed by a feature-length film, a documentary, and
several more videos)."
E-mail us if you want
4 June :: Distance video
Alan Lawrence, who made the "Apart" music video, is
currently finishing up a really cool video for "Distance."
A lot of dancing and special effects. All four of us made cameo
We started recording the cube song yesterday. It's our latest
"Radiohead" song and this time we are borrowing from
the Bends/ OK Computer era. We've got Andy's guitar
parts pretty much down--next up will be the vocals, bass and
1 June :: Summer update
We are working on some new songs and a cover of "Pearly*" by
Radiohead! Andy and I listened to some rough mixes today and
I think they're going to sound great. One of the songs is inspired
by the book No Logo by Naomi Klein (great book--please
read it). The song has about the same feel as "Lucy,"
with the bigger production and all, maybe more dynamics. Today
we came up with a great chord progression for another new song
that we dedicate to the cube! What's that? Only the tallest
building for miles around (it's that sinister-looking building
on the Sunny Ash cover). Anyway... so Mark's not in
town, but I hope he can still record with us via the Internet.
I will provide more updates on this news page as we continue
to work on these projects. -sc
27 April :: Brainwash Cafe
Steven accompanied Cassie Marie of Parting
Glance on a short acoustic set at the Brainwash
Cafe in San Francisco. He played the flute.
13 April :: Band update
and dabbling in a side-project at his commune. Haven't heard
much from the rest of the band, but I'm sure they're all enjoying
their holiday from Sculpted Static. Ian's probably busy with
Triple Threat and other bands in South Pasadena.
Looking forward to a web site redesign. New songs will not
happen for a while, but when the new site comes up we might
decorate it with some previously unheard sound clips. Stay tuned.
13 January :: 'Sad' and 'Portrait' released
We hope you enjoy the three songs that we produced during the
winter break. They are all found at our Soundclick
page. E-mail us
if you want these songs on CD.
12 January :: Save the Day
This is the first of three new songs to be released this week.
Go to our Soundclick
page to listen.