Sun Foot are a contemporary art rock band supergroup consisting of Ron Burns (Smog, Hot Spit Dancers), Chris Johanson (Deep Throats) and Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker). Together they play a minimalist, hook heavy pop played on droney, primitive percussion and angular guitar. Recorded and produced by The Enablers Joe Goldring.
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This band makes quite the sense. Ron Burns used to help Bill Callahan work through his mostly creepy and occasionally lovely folk songs as Smog, playing flattened-out drums and very few fills -- merely laying the groundwork for Callahan’s meandering wordsmithery -- while Brian Mumford was in the suitably experimental Jackie O-Motherfucker, who improvised ‘til numb. They’re joined by ex Deep Throats member Chris Johannson, and their record ‘Round Dice Fried Combo’ slides happily between Gira-repetitive rock and skewed but jubilant freak folk. It’s a hypnotising record, but one with different types of hypnotism: the kind that sounds as rigid as possible (the strums of “There’s a Chain”) and the kind that sounds loose and aimless (drums, as if arpeggiated, on “Water Under the Bridge”).
The influences for Sun Foot seem to be old experimental icons, with “Water Under the Bridge” slowly revealing itself to be the kind of track Sun City Girls would’ve championed on ‘Torch of the Mystics’; the bassline flails and glassy additives run through the song, while a riff is played wrong as if to play it right. “Back To The Ground” sounds like a psychedelic variation on the band, a stuttering rhythm failing but not before a wonderful circular riff; percussion that sounds like things falling into bowls creates the feeling of cartoon birds spinning through the head. The band either lock into these ideas or let them fall by the wayside; on “I Heard It Before”, they keep their repeated mantras tight over booming a bassline and hand percussion, while straight after that they let “Everybody Has a Life” lay things to ruin, almost forgetting they’re part of the song as a dry beat plays to itself.
Sun Foot are obviously fucking about -- it would seem they’re improvising and then committing it, so the songs follow through and resolve around one idea or end up sounding cut up and confused. Either way, the atmosphere is smoky and seductive: they may not sound like they know what they’re doing, but they know they’re doing nothing in particular.
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