The Newt Hounds is a fictional group, a fancy, a concept that has no easy to define rules. The people behind it are the brothers Alan & Steve Freeman (from Leicester, England) long-time explorers and experimenters in the world of weird and different musics, working in the bands Alto Stratus, ZBB and the currently very prolific Endgame; also publishers of Audion magazine, the acclaimed Krautrock encyclopedia "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg", and owners of the specialist music retail outlet Ultima Thule.
Originally conceived and kept on the back-burner since the early 1990s, and then years in the planning stages, the idea of The Newt Hounds was always destined to be something very different, something really special. As a weirdo homage to the great old inspirational works of Nurse With Wound (the name was taken from a Nurse With Wound T-shirt), it is also a surreal musical twist on the art of B. Kliban. The art of satirical cartoonist Kliban features strongly as an influence in the Diana Rogerson era of Nurse With Wound, her famous words "Never Eat Anything Bigger Than Your Head" being the title of a brilliant Kliban book. So, "The Poignant Device" can be seen as the spiritual son/cousin (once removed) heir to "Sylvie & Babs" and "Cooloorta Moon" era Nurse With Wound, whilst it is also a pioneering explorative album in its own right.
This eccentric mix of Dada and twisted rock forms is sure to be a winner. As the Tachyon Studio grew technically (during Endgame sessions), the equipment needed to create complex digital cut & paste, and the capability to layer, mix and record it all, came together. During intensive sessions, either blurry eyed at the computer, or there with turntables, guitars and loops all ready to roll! It was a long immersion into a different world, tweaked, reconstructed and refined until it was just right. Getting together the concepts, the poetry, the Dadaist eccentricity, all took time. The results are an album that is witty, eccentric, totally tongue-in-cheek, yet also rivetingly startling.
The brainchild of Tachyon Studio brothers Alan & Steve Freeman, The Newt Hounds' debut covers a lot of ground, from the totally potty, via pure avant-garde through to psychedelic rock and other realms, and features guest appearances from Shapeshifter and Volcano The Bear members.
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