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Savage Aural Hotbed to perform Feb. 20

RELEASED: Feb. 8, 2010

Savage Aural Hotbed

Savage Aural Hotbed includes band members Mark Black, Bill Melton, Dean Hawthorne and Stuart DeVaan.

EAU CLAIRE — Industrial rock band Savage Aural Hotbed will present a concert of "found sound" Feb. 20 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the show in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

Savage Aural Hotbed's precise, percussive music is inspired by Japanese taiko drumming and the — literally — cutting-edge innovation of industrial sound. The band creates its compelling sound using conventional and found-object percussion instruments, bass guitar, electronically modified horns, vocals and power tools. With up to four people drumming, they provide visual and aural excitement with high-energy rhythms, flailing arms and flying sparks.

"The Minneapolis quartet has made a name for itself by banging out a wall of sound with such found objects as barrels, pipes and power tools," Minnesota Public Radio reported on "All Things Considered" last February, when its reporter toured the band's found instrument workshop. "The place looks like an indoor junkyard, but nearly every object is wired for sound."

"We started in 1988 and added found objects right away," said drummer Mark Black. "We all enjoy and get artistic satisfaction building these weird contraptions."

"From the classical end of things, you can sit there counting the numbers and the rhythmic patterns that they must be thinking about," says Philip Blackburn of the American Composers Forum. "And if you're not good at arithmetic, just sit back and watch the sparks flying and admire the ingenuity of the whole thing."

Blackburn's Innova Records produced Savage Aural Hotbed's 2006 CD, "Unified Pounding Theory." The band's most recent recording is "Wreckquiem" (2008).

National Public Radio's Scott Simon described Savage Aural Hotbed's music as "the sound of steel and rust, oil drums and hubcaps, screeches, sparks, grinders and gears finding new fury and energy. It's also fun. It makes you smile to see a man make music with an electric saw."

Tickets are $5 ($3 for UW-Eau Claire students) at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center and will be sold at the door. The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required in the bar area.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard, Visa or Discover when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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JS/DW

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