Biography

Lung UPC formed in 1992 at La Trobe University Melbourne where all members were students of some description. Founding members were Simon Knight, Julian Culpan, Damon Fuhrer, Daniel Bowran and Edward Bruce Gray. The band hit the Melbourne live scene hard and was playing live within a month of forming. Bringing together a variety of influences musical and conceptually the band played experimental, improvised industrial sound chaos using found objects - metal, sticks, old amps, synths and drum machines. The band had a philosophy of mutation and dressed accordingly on stage, making their own costumes.

The band played often in a thriving experimental scene that featured New Waver, Volvox, Thou Gideon, TDM and many others - see the Spill Label for more information www.spill-label.org.

The band released a number of cassette albums and compilations before it parted ways in 1996 with members going on to form Orac, The Lichen Assembly and Mute-Freak.

In a suprise to all involved Lung UPC reformed in 2001 to play a special performance at Revolver night club in Prahran minus Culpan but with the addition of Andrea Camporotondo on guitar. The band followed on from the performance with the release of the internet only “Innocent Url” a studio recorded version of the live set from Revolver. Bowran and Gray returned to their previous occupations after this recording and the bare bones of the band was left with Fuhrer, Knight and Comporotondo.

The following years found the group struggling to find its sound and a stable line-up. By early 2004 the band had stabilised with the addition of Blake Williams on drums and Adam Smith on bass. Finding a compromise between the psychedelic rock of Comporotondo who had become a key component of the band and the freer experimental leanings of the rest of the group the band began to forge an interesting experimental psychedelic sound. The band recorded the e.p “Sola Luna” which features their more pop/rock experimentations. Unfortunately the line-up was to last only a year before Comporotondo and Williams left for work and personal reasons. Fortunately though the last phase of the band was documented on the album “Slow is the Art” which is a compilation of material edited and reworked from 3 hours of improvised jamming in the band’s studio. It forms a pleasingly dark, experimental psych album with the edge only live improvised music can have but with added polish from months of post-production. The album was never released on cd but the band can be contacted through myspace.com/lungupcsounds if anyone is interested.

2009 see’s the old men of the band rumaging through the archives and there is a good chance some if it will be compiled for a future compilation release.



Edited by urniurl on 10 Dec 2008, 23:40

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