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"A Subtle Plague" Cures 1988-1998 Digital Deficit With Release Of MP3 Discography & Doc Film By Alexander Berner
Nearly 25 years after their debut album was released to international acclaim, A SUBTLE PLAGUE are proud to finally announce availability of their complete music discography via MP3 through all the major US download & streaming channels.
The availability of 6 full length albums, and several singles of long out of print tracks recorded from 1988 through 1998 follows years of legal wrangling with a multitude of indie labels, distributors and cross continental music publishing entities.
A SUBTLE PLAGUE went their separate ways after the conclusion of a heavy ten year touring odyssey in that had the German edition of Rolling Stone labeling the band "The Grateful Dead For The 90's". While the end of the 20th century brought an end to their partnership, most of their music languished in a lappaceous legal limbo that has frustrated fans and only recently been resolved since lead singer Pat Ryan became a certified attorney at law. Now rectified through arrangements by agreements negotiated with help of THE ORCHARD, BMG, and fledgling online indie distributor DistroKid, The band, can now finally offer their discography via the digital domain.
A Subtle Plague have now collected all of their previously released tracks recorded and released on a variety of labels from 1988 thru 1998, when they were based in the San Francisco Mission District, as well as stints in Philadelphia, Hungary, The Czech Republic & Germany. The group who've splintered into current musical projects such as The Durgas, and The Cult Inside My Head, are excited to get their older music back into circulation, and hopefully to a new to a generation of listeners as well.
Their serendipitously soaring sonic blasts of tumultuous beats, poetically & politically charged dueling vocals and gargantuan guitar harmonics were all part of a unique artistic voice that is once again available to fans. The band's six full length albums, plus several EPs & singles also contain a selection of covers sprinkled throughout that give a taste of the band's most endearing and eclectic sensibilities, including songs written by Gang of Four, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and Lee Hazlewood.
In conjunction with the release of the band's out-of-print music, a rarely seen 1989 documentary film on the recording of the group's first album "Inheritance" has been released for free viewing on YouTube. Directed by acclaimed film editor Alexander Berner (Cloud Atlas, The Baader Meinhof Complex) this 40 minute film follows the creation of their debut recording for the now defunct HeyDay label in the late 1980's. Shot on 16mm film in the pre-Google bus Mission District of San Francisco, it captures the naive innocence and hopes of an unlikely band of three German brothers raised in Africa, and their hopeful US born creative compatriots. See the film "Inheritance" online here: http://youtu.be/cQRRMxo4H8A
Core members of the musical collective that traveled the globe included aforementioned vocalist/lyricist Pat Ryan and three German born brothers who’d lived in Africa as children, Benji Simmersbach, Patrick Simmersbach and Christopher Simmersbach. Early lineups featured saxophonist & steelophone sculptor Jonathan Levy, and later on they were joined by poet/singer Analucia DaSilva.
They also ran through a Spinal Tap-esque string of drummers including past & future members of bands like The Chills, Poi Dog Pondering, Helios Creed and The Bedlam Rovers. The drummer on the band’s first two releases was drummer Earl Robertson, other percussion seat holders later included Theo Denaxis, Sean Coffey and Tod Preuss. Near the end of their later 1990’s run, they took on final drummer Magnus Fleischmann. Musical collaborators included Tom Watson of Slovenly who played guitar parts on their “Implosion" album and produced the "Inheritance" album.
They ultimately released 6 full length CD’s, including a 1997 career retrospective "Independent Study" that compiled music from multiple 7” singles and albums. They also had songs on numerous compilations including Marijuana’s Greatest Hits on Sky Records where they transformed Bob Dylan's infamous decadent anthem "Rainy Day Women 12 & 35" into an ominous post-punk dirge.
Over the years and miles, artists such as Therapy, Alice Donut, Iggy Pop, Noir Desir, Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth, The Melvins, Feelies, Chumbawamba, Lou Reed and Mudhoney are among some of the many bands who shared stages with the amazing A SUBTLE PLAGUE.
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