Thursday, May 15, 2008

Getting to Know Pyramids

Over the past few weeks, we've received several inquiries from people both in and out of town concerning Denton's Pyramids, a band that has recently signed to Hydra Head Records (home to Boris, Isis, Torche, and Big Business, among others) and collaborated with the legendary Blus Aus Nord.  The group's dreamy, relatively formless wall of ambient reverb and drone has been compared to the likes of Jesu and My Bloody Valentine, and the two tracks on their Myspace page are both quite striking, existing in that delicate balance between the heavy and the celestial. So yes, they have this great record deal, they've already been covered in Pitchfork, and their songs are actually pretty good, but the funny thing about all this is that no one in the local "scene" seems to know anything about them.  Who are these dudes?  Why don't they play shows?  How did they get a record deal?  Well, we decided that since we are pretty much the coolest people in town, we'd just ask them ourselves. We sent Pyramids an email full of questions, and they were nice enough to answer some of them.  I didn't say they were all very informative answers, but answers all the same.   Here is our exchange:

1. The main question everyone is asking about you guys: who are you? where did you come from? A lot of people suggest that Pyramids couldn't possibly be from Denton because it's such a small town and most people seem relatively unfamiliar with you. So could you tell me your names, and where you are from, and why you might be relatively unknown in the area?

We fell from the sky. Half of the band is currently in l.a., but I run the joint out of North Texas. There is something in the water in Denton...

2. How did you end up on Hydra Head?

We are kindred spirits.

3. A lot of people mention things like "shoegaze," and Justin Broadrick and drone and Earth when talking about your music. Could you tell us about what influences you musically? I hear more gentle things in your sound like Atlas Sound and Animal Collective and stuff like that a bit too.

Aside from Blut Aus Nord and Cocteau Twins, the other artists on our remix disc really make up the founding fathers of our sound. It is such a mind blowing situation to be in, collaborating with every single musician that reflects the reasons why music controls our very beings. Toby Driver, JK Broadrick, the extremely underrated Blut Aus Nord, lovesliescrushing, Campbell Kneale, and of course the true genius behind the sound of this record James Plotkin.

4. Have you played out in the area any time recently? Do you plan to any time soon?

We have never played and are not sure if and when we will, but if the situation is absolutely right, then it just may.

5. How did you hook up with Blut Aus Nord?

They are one of the three best bands of all time and probably the most underrated. We are just really respectful fans and Vindsval enjoyed our music, so we collaborated.

6. What are your plans for the immediate future?

We have a follow up album already in the works that is just as epic, with a slew of collaborators to make it just as fun. This will be a Hydra Head release as well, though we don't know when.


Anonymous wow. said...

So mysterious.

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds bunk as fuck. they're not from denton

1:01 AM  
Anonymous pyramid scheme said...

How come there are never any gay people in TV ads for Valtrex?

Him: I have genital herpes...
Other Him: ... and I don't.
Him: Well, why would you? You've never seen the inside of pussy.
Other HIm: Well how did you get it bitch?
Him: Fuck if I know.
Other him: Oh go fuck yourself, breeder.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never understand the music business.

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are losing credibility already for associating with this site, hopefully they will see the error theyve made, and will stay away from here.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous josh howard said...

stay away from here? is that why you're posting on here? numbnuts

7:38 AM  
Anonymous tim duncan said...

yea, please stay away from here josh howard

8:39 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Hey 607--

I'd love to hear an explanation: Who are they losing credibility with? And why? I'm going to guess that you don't have an answer for either question, because everyone thinks we rule.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

goddamn IT, sr! enough! don't you see your sand squandered?? josh, you are truly retarded... hopefully, this'll just be the beginning, cuz someone is going to teach the turds here, and on maple, what the "scene" is truly composed of. and it's damn sure not this shithole, or wilonsky etc.. absurdity rules. alway has. less is more!!!!!!!!!!! kudos to pyramids for throwing it back in your fucking faces. ACE!

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boris is not and has never been on Hydrahead

11:12 AM  
Anonymous brandon bass said...

shep from rgrs is the denton contingent of pyramids. don't let that large man tell you otherwise. genius

11:18 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Sounds like 1110 is mad cuz we don't like his widdle band. Tell us what the "scene" is all about, and how pyramids are throwing it in anyone's face. What is absurdity, and how does it relate to minimalism?

1112: Hydra Head lists Boris as one of their bands on tour. Maybe they just have a promotional deal or something? I'm not sure. I know that they haven't been releasing records on Hydra Head, but maybe they are about to?

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tom waits tickets on sale right now

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boris is touring with a HH artist, Torche.

But if you knew they have never released a thing on HH, why did you refer to it as their "home"? Surely you then know their "home" is Inoxia Records?

11:36 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Yeah, I know. I just wanted you to post comments.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got Tom Waits tickets!!!

Haven't paid that much for a show in a long time.... well, ever.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy paul

802 massey st

house show-

dirty water disease
mom (playing new material)

21+ kegs

12:02 PM  
Anonymous catholic girl w/ moustache said...

Give a retarded/chain-smoking Cooking Monster a guitar and there you go... TOM WAITS!

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cooking Monster. Mmm, I am hungry.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pyramids have already come and guys all missed the boat, on to the next one

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really like this band.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pray tell: wot widdle band? rangerwhoisstoned

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah... well, hows bout you go back to telling everyone how great 1993 really wuz, m'k???

the pools in
but the patio ain't dry.............

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hydrahead released a collaboration with boris and merzbow.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous SWAMP ASS said...

stone dranger!

4:19 PM  
Anonymous chriso))) said...

Weshotjr got weshojr-ed.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, i'll be takin' credit for that one, bitches!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous captain progeria said...

the only true thing in that interview is Blut Aus Nord are underappreciated

4:43 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

What else isn't true? That Pyramids isn't on Hydra Head? Because they are. Maybe they aren't really from Denton, but if you read, they didn't actually say they were. They said north Texas.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

transona five sucks!

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh dear.. oh MY goootness..................

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell ya what, you come up wit da name, an we'll let it slide bigboi!!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't stand so close to me...

9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH jimmy...

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


fuck them, sound like a bunch of star wars fans gone drone. wtf.
get out of town pussies. denton has more balls than this shit. drone on simple warrior. awesome label DUDE. fuck that. omg we're all so humble and that's why we rule and we're also very reclusive so we don't have to prove anything. prudes. i wanna see you fuck! then give me an excuse for making art you fucking hack.

i experiment more than you and public. i'm not scared or want a career. soul is not hip value. learn it trend suck.

4:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12:50 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

you're weird.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"drone on simple warrior."

i'm sorry, that was funny.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10:00 PM  
Anonymous north texas said...

Pyramid dude lives in Little Elm.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they seem cool

7:20 PM  
Anonymous cj said...

8:13 AM  
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12:56 PM  

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