You might be asking yourself “Is this some kind of gimmick?” or “Is this actually a racquetball record?” or most importantly, “Is this really Mogwai?” The answer to all these questions is a resounding “YES!”
The Crease is the “nom de performance” for Chunklet Industries' Janitor of the Year (for seventeen years running, that is), none other than Henry Owings. Spawning from a crazy idea Owings hatched from years of being a racquetball player, he hired a professional recording engineer to come in and document (in all its 8-track spelendor) a racquetball match against Lockett from Atlanta band Deerhunter. Then, the isolated tracks were sent to Barry Burns from Mogwai, and The Crease “vs Mogwai” is the result. Offset sleeve includes a long-winded essay by, and sweaty courtside photographs of, The Crease.
This is Henry's sophomore release, and the debut of The Crease.
RIYL: Mogwai, Racquetball, sweaty dudes, looking at guitar pedals
released May 6, 2022
Audio fuckery: Barry Burns
Barry appears courtesy of Rock Action
Recording engineer: Jason Kingsland
Recording assistant: Zach Pyles
Photography: Daniel Mueller
Racketball partner: Lockett Pundt
Everything else by The Crease
A Chunklet Industries Release
All Rights Reserved
Manufactured and Assembled in the U.S.A.
Was into Mogwai from the beginning with the pivotal Ten Rapid and 4 Satin, but the last Mogwai LP I bought was Mr Beast in 2006, so plenty new to me here, and lots of catching up to do! On 2018 Live, the last 4 tracks are where I'm at, I just love all of that feedback and distortion. From my collection of their first decade, the epic 20 minute My Father My King is my all time favourite - I have no idea if their releases after 2006 have yielded anything comparable... only one way to find out!... Master of Alchemy
This isn’t a professional review but I have absolutely adored Sonic Youth for so many years. I just finished listening to this on vinyl and all I could think was just, “woah.” They killed it on every track. 5/5 lilpb