Harry Cloud and Paul Roessler’s New Album “Permadeath”


All Photos by Deb Frazin

Harry Cloud and Paul Roessler (Gitane Demone Quartet, The Screamers) have collaborated on a new 2-record set specifically written and recorded for artist Tanja London’s sol(e)menace-sculpture audio tour “Ancestral Stress and Trauma” (a part of Jason Watson’s Permadeath residency at Utah Museum of Modern Art). It’s an avant-garde collection of creative, hypnotic and sometimes chaotic instrumental pieces that piques your imaginative faculty from beginning to end.

Permadeath takes you on a kaleidoscopic journey through the human body. It starts off a bit quietly/slowly with “Reproductive”, but don’t let that fool you – it’s just the calm before the spectacular storm that’s about to arrive.

“Ligament” slowly lures you in, then after a couple of minutes, it suddenly breaks free, and spins off into a frantic, deranged ride that eventually sends you spinning straight into the gurgling, spooky, mysterious  sounds of “Digestive”. I love the entire album , but my favorite cuts are on the 2nd record. It’s a bit tribal at times, psychedelic in spots, and there are repetitive, steady blasts that make you feel like you’re on a runaway train. The final track (my favorite) “Nervous System” slowly propels us off into the fog with the lush blend of Roessler’s keyboards and Cloud’s stinging-hot guitar licks.

I really enjoyed listening to this brilliant, ambitious album through my earbuds while I took my daily walks (that way I was able to really concentrate on it with no distractions). If you’re a fan of experimental, avant-garde music like I am (Coil, Throbbing Gristle, etc), then I think you’ll enjoy Permadeath as much as I did. I’ve listened to it about 15 times so far, and I can’t wait to listen to it again.

The album and digital download is available for purchase on Bandcamp. There is a limited-edition of 100 red-vinyl 180-gram lps. The records are to be played at 45 rpm, and because the grooves are wide, the sound is mindblowing!

You’ve gotta get Permadeath into your ear holes ASAP!


Deb Frazin

About Deb Frazin

Deb Frazin is a photographer based in Los Angeles with a focus on DTLA street photography and punk rock culture. Her work has been published in photography books, on album covers, and has been featured in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times. You can find her now in Razorcake.
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