Shortwave radio squeals, Beatles-esque tape loops,
and healthy doses of analog tape twiddling all underscore the pure-sugar
pop tones of "Snow Gas Bones". Meow Meow offers up their
debut album, a literate blend of fuzzed out/revved-up guitar anthems
and beautifully understated/stoned soundscapes.
Meow Meow began as a studio project between Kirk Hellie and Christopher
O'Brien in 1998. Shortly after the death of their respective bands
(Pink Noise Test and Brian Jones Was Murdered), the prolific writing
team amassed a large collection of tunes in Kirk's home studio. "Cracked" was
released first as part a CD compilation for the Japanese Chrome Hearts
Magazine (Vol. III, 2002) that also featured an interview with Kirk.
Derailed by various other projects and tours, MM wouldn't get a chance
to complete a longer body of work until 2003. The pair teamed up
with engineer/co-producer Eddie Ashworth to finish their full-length
debut album. " Snow Gas Bones " is fueled by a penchant
for pop melodies and art-damaged- found sound –sonics, and
exists somewhere between Brill Building tradition and grandpa's pre-war
78 rpm's played with a broken stylus. Released in the USA on Devil
in the Woods Records and through
(the questionably titled) Integrity Records in the UK, MM garnered
much critical acclaim on both sides of the pond. Live highlights
included a couple shows at SXSW 2004.
The follow up to Snow Gas Bones (as of yet still untitled) was recorded
December 2004-July 2005 at various studios: In Los Angeles at Kirk’s
home studio; with Rob Campanella at the Brian Jonestown Massacre’s “The
Committee to keep music evil head quarters”; and in Ohio with
producer/engineer Eddie Ashworth . Twenty + songs were recorded in
total. Enough for the requisite b-sides and overseas bonus tracks
as well as a possible EP release. With the dissolution of Devil in
the Woods Records, Meow Meow are currently in the shopping game for
a new home.
Meow Meow is:
Christopher O’Brien: vocals,
guitar, bass, keyboards.
Kirk Hellie: vocals, guitars, bass,
Kevin Stevens: drums, percussion, vocals