The next (pair of) release(s) will be Skull Servant NE/SE Obfuscation 7" lathe cut and Skull Servant NE/SE Transparency 7" lathe cut.  Obfuscation will be a sonic piece that works with the idea of obscuring your identity with unreal data points, to create a confused version of who you are for those who track you. Currently we're recording 150 layers for this experiment, and we've completed three of the anticipated twenty recording sessions required to get this level of depth.

Transparency, of course, is the opposite of obfuscation. As a result transparency will be a Skull Servant take on droning sounds. Very minimal, subtle, quiet.

Skull Servant - The Humans cassette is back in the practice stages - we've reworked our original material to create stronger, better songs. We've cut the release down to two longer tracks similar is feel to "Watching", but perhaps a bit less reserved. Doom metal meets powerviolence meets noise, with a splash of blown speakers in there to get the full effect.

Finally, Skull Servant - Watching (dub) is still on hiatus, as some hardware required to make this happen broke. Will be fixing as soon as possible, but of course, things cost money and time. We've also made a DAW switch from Sonar X1 to Studio One - which means the rough tracks need to be exported and imported, and the mixing process with outboard equipment will begin again.


An Update Seems In Order

Throughout the Summer all plans have been derailed. In fact it took all summer to get back most of my recording gear, so that things can now progress as it should. Servant No.2 has been working hard on their personal noise work. Now seems like the appropriate time to regroup and start working on "The Humans" which is the next "music" tape which will cover surveillance's effect on the human psyche and changes our behaviour. Mostly ideas about how we revert to (dominant) cultural norms when confronted with observation. Side B will cover some ideas about fear. Looks like early in the new year we should see the tape. Also an accompanying noise tape whose theme is yet to be determined, but will be about all-pervasive surveillance as well.

You can get the Watching 7"  through Scream and Writhe as well as Analog Worship. That happened a bit ago, grab them as you will. There's also a couple copies of the Watchful tape at Analog Worship. Basically, these are the only two places to get it outside of the local Hamilton area, outside of us. We are interested in trades and other distribution opportunities. Contact us at skullservantnoise@gmail.com. The irony shouldn't surprise you, should it?

Long term projects? Why yes, we have a ton. The Watching (dub) lathe cut is still in process. More alley shows, especially in the winter. We will see (as will they).


Skull Servant - Watching 7" EP Available For Purchase

Finally, the culmination of two years, multiple attempts, and a whole whackload of work. Enjoy sounds that mix Einsturzende Neubauten/Test Dept industrial, early 90's powerviolence and modern day hardcore ala Walls with more than a smattering of noise. I honestly haven't heard anything that sounds like us, but if you like the godly Column of Heaven or Gas Chamber, you'll probably tolerate listening to us too.

Order from our Bandcamp page or our Big Cartel page - listed over there. It's $10 PPD in North America, which is us taking a bit of a bath to get it out there. There's only a 100 of these available. Mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door Mastering. Distribution inquiries to: skullservantnoise@gmail.com


Noise Setup as of April 20, 2014

No one has particularly asked what we use in our noise setup - so that's probably a good reason to talk about it. Really, for two reasons - one, we'll be adding some newer gear and may want to revisit this setup sooner or later, and two, I think this sort of gear porn is neat. Typically we have five channels that end up in a mix:

Track 1 is a "vocal" track - meticulously assembled on computer then dumped to 4 track cassette tape - allowing us to pitch up or down the track - or alternately cut out elements entirely should we want to. This may be run to a separate amp, or into our mixer (the Traynor pictured below), or into the house mix.

Track 2 and Track 3 are originating at the weird sound generator - which is essentially a dual oscillator. Both signals go into a Boss DS1 distortion to boost the signal and add some grit. Then it goes into a Boss looper, and split into two signals. One heads straight to our mixer, the other into the incredibly useful Digitech PDS 2020.

Track 4 originates from the Trogotronic 101, and goes straight from the source into the mixer.

Track 5 is a contact mic taped usually on the basket of a shopping cart (of course illustrated here as on the frame of a shopping cart) run through an extension cable to the Boss DSD-2, the Sampler/Delay version of the DD-3.