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The Skaters

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The Skaters are California’s Spencer Clark and James Ferraro. Best described as the moon-chantings of plains native americans who found accidental gateways to other dimensions in rotted old trees filled with bioluminescent bacteria.

Over the past years, since meeting at an all-day improvisational noise jam when they both called San Diego home, Ferraro and Clark have developed, as you can plainly read, an intuitive, radically abstruse language when talking about their music and visual art, informed , in parts, by mysticism and surrealism, in which subjective states of mind and the objective world are intentionally confused to the extent that both fuse into a single, undivided whole.

The end result is not what you would expect — i.e., a pretentious, painfully dry avant-garde free-noise. Quite the opposite, it’s a totally out there, vocal-dominated psychedelia, based, structurally speaking, on the open-ended drone heard in industrial music, minimalism, experimental electronics, folk, world music, and free jazz. And, like the best free jazz — the early, fiery stuff: Trane, Ayler, Sanders — the Skaters’ noise-drenched cosmic soul is driven by their need to, in the words of Ferraro, “grasp something that is beyond what you can verbalize.”

As of August 2009, there are over 60 solo works from Ferraro under aliases like The Wooden Cupboard, 8pashupatinath, Teotihuacan, Acid Eagle, Newage Panther Mistique, Dreams, Pan als Allgott Saturnia, 1977, Pan Dolphinic Dawn, Composition of the Sensibilities of Melted Knowledge

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  • baronbrooke

    So what's up with the other band called Skaters? They're not as good as The Skaters.

    26 May 6:27am Reply
  • theOccultest

    "People need to stop smoking so much weed, get off the fucking internet a few minutes and realize this is completely talentless art-student garbage. If you like this music just buy a microphone, reverb pedal, a cheap casio keyboard, and a four track and just make it yourself. Then at least you don't have to spend any more money on other talentless people's records. Plus you'll be a more productive person. WOW!" Someone completely missed the point of psychedelic and experimental music.

    11 Mar 10:38am Reply
  • johnnyboy898

    SKATERS 2014

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    the skaters should collab with the haters.

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • flumble2

    shouts out to dark rye bread, gambling in opha's shadow, palm shaper and receding smokebath

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • YoVultures

    Sk8er Boi (✿◠‿◠)

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • menyauthe

    there's a 98% chance [...] you [...] will be total shite [2]

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • mattimeus

    lmao who the fuck wrote this description "The end result is not what you would expect — i.e., a pretentious, painfully dry avant-garde free-noise. Quite the opposite, it’s a totally out there, vocal-dominated psychedelia, based, structurally speaking, on the open-ended drone heard in industrial music, minimalism, experimental electronics, folk, world music, and free jazz. And, like the best free jazz — the early, fiery stuff: Trane, Ayler, Sanders — the Skaters’ noise-drenched cosmic soul is driven by their need to, in the words of Ferraro, “grasp something that is beyond what you can verbalize.”"

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • machine_elves

    even if there's a 98% chance what you make will be total shite

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • machine_elves

    People need to [...] [smoke] [...] weed, [...] buy a microphone, reverb pedal, a cheap casio keyboard, and a four track and just make [music] yourself. Then [...] you'll be a more productive person. WOW! [4]

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • douluvurbody

    People need to [...] [smoke] [...] weed, [...] buy a microphone, reverb pedal, a cheap casio keyboard, and a four track and just make [music] yourself. Then [...] you'll be a more productive person. WOW! [2] [2]

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • castleinlead

    Mint sealed copy of Dispersed Royalty Ornaments LP on ebay... £1 starting bid: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dispersed-Royalty-Ornaments-THE-SKATERS-James-Ferraro-Vodka-LP-/290759639975?pt=UK_Records&hash=item43b2a003a7

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tokyochorus

    it's "native americans" not "indians"

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • YoVultures

    Vvvvinde ddraepeing innscenecse,

    29 Apr 2012 Reply
  • RAHB

    I can dig it.

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • schloppypoppy

    nah, you guys pretty much got owned. but i love their moaning!

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • RealScreamo

    weed: the silent killer [3]

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ut0

    People need to [...] [smoke] [...] weed, [...] buy a microphone, reverb pedal, a cheap casio keyboard, and a four track and just make [music] yourself. Then [...] you'll be a more productive person. WOW! [2]

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • triangleowl

    weed: the silent killer [2]

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • tokyochorus

    James Ferraro is a pretty cool guy

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
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