Hairbone is a New York-based power trio of artists Raúl de Nieves, Jessie Stead, and Nathan Whipple, formerly known as Haribo.
Functioning mainly in the art world, Hairbone has inflicted audiences
from museums to decrepit basements with their carnivalesque live shows
for nearly a decade. Each unique, thematically pointed multimedia
performance narrative features frontman de Nieves inhabiting new
personae in a sculptural actionist mode, brandishing oversized
text-emblazoned props as if they were picket signs before their eventual
destruction as Hairbone's near-opera burlesque freak shows unfurl.
Obliquely political, theirs is a protest music without didacticism.
Despite Hairbone's prolific, obsessively-documented life as a
performance art group, Earth To Momma is the band's first studio
LP, distilling their sprawling live shows into 12 distinct pieces of
lyrical, art-damaged rock and pop music. Their institutional success
begs for comparisons to artists' bands like Destroy All Monsters or Die Tödliche Doris, but Hairbone's confusion of high and low culture fits them equally into peerdom with the classic American underground of the Butthole Surfers and Sun City Girls.
A native of Mexico, de Nieves' bi-lingual incantations are bolstered by
Stead's synthetic drum sampling and acid-fried neoclassical shredder
excess courtesy of guitarist Whipple. The record is a shapeshifting
suite that fits veiled commodity critique, volcanic convulsions, blasé
songcraft, and a breezy instrumental into a hallucinatory vision haunted
by abject clowns and the grain of twisted emergency police calls. With
tongue set firmly in cheek across Stead's ode to Chateau Diana bodega
"wine product" and de Nieves' simulated Kim Gordon sighting,
Hairbone maintain an irreverent authenticity in an era when the mere
notion has become a barren field. With cover art by Jessie Stead, the
record also features guest appearances from Mudboy, Lucy Jean Powers, Sergei Tcherepnin, and Yu Yamaguchi. Edition of 500.
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