Mezzanine Swimmers (Detroit)
is a one-person band with elements of pop, psychedelia, and noise; filtered through rhythm, repetition, and improvisation. It is the solo project of Mike Green, who has played in numerous noise / experimental / rock groups in NYC, and is currently based in Detroit. He has releases on Fire Talk and Already Dead, and his latest EP “Miserable Miracle” is out on Already Dead in spring 2023.
“Getting lost in a Mezzanine Swimmers piece is more like a drug trip than a workout. Much like the ever-morphing work of Eric Copeland, Green’s music bends reliable structures into unpredictable shapes, proving beats can be as pliable as any other kind of sound.” -Marc Masters (Bandcamp)
Painted Faces (NYC) is the vehicle for the twisted dreamscapes of David Drucker, who released a long string of DIY CD-Rs and cassettes before 2019’s Tales from the Skinny Apartment. Song titles like “I Took Too Much Acid in 7th Grade” and “Chicks That Are into Beefheart (and Jandek)” offer a hint of the outsider freakfest Drucker rolls out, using acoustic guitars, electronics, and anything else at his disposal. “Painted Faces was much more directly ‘We’re fucking with your entire concept of what music is,’” says Holtje. (Bandcamp Daily, 2/7/23)