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Show Review by RVA Magazine

A review of our show at Strange Matter on August 25, 2010 came out in RVA Magazine. Here are some highlights:

The Grapefruit Experiment’s music seemed improvisational in nature, and evolved organically through different movements as I watched. After a few minutes, the sound built to a unified, powerful crescendo, and sounded for a moment or so like a band endlessly holding the final chord of a song, jam-band style. But whereas it’s annoying when jam bands do such things, The Grapefruit Experiment used it to devastating effect, especially after the relative quiet of the earlier parts of their set. Rather than stopping, they moved past this crescendo and into more noise, though the latter part of their set was a bit more structured than the first few moments I heard.

The clanking runs of dissonant notes she played reminded me of a time when I saw Dillinger Escape Plan and their lead guitarist was having an off night; he kept getting out-of-sync when doing his speedy, elaborate runs of single notes, instead playing a bunch of flat, off-key thuds. For The Grapefruit Experiment, though, this was the desired effect, and it mingled well with the deliberately arrhythmic percussion and oscillating bursts of treated noise. It wasn’t a conventionally musical set by any means, but nonetheless The Grapefruit Experiment gave a fascinating performance.

Read the entire article.

It’s great to see that what we do is “understood.” We thank you.


Upcoming Show w/ Kenneth Yates @ Strange Matter

We’re really psyched about collaborating with our friend Kenneth Yates (Caustic Castle) on August 25, 2010 at Strange Matter, formerly Nanci Raygun and Twister – Richmond’s infamous punk venue on Grace Street. Come on out, RVA!

Shhhh! – Private Noise Show in Richmond

We played at a private show in a warehouse studio in downtown Richmond on Sunday, September 20, 2009, sharing a bill with Jonathan Zorn + Erik DeLuca; Caustic Castle (Kenneth Yates) + Philip White.  Carey posted about this show on her blog. Here’s the portion related to our set:


In our set as Grapefruit Experiment, Wendy and I were working out a new set up. Our theme was futurism of the past and our ethos was “work.” I used a new instrument built by Softpieces (Zach Mason) which is a pill bottle with a contact mic on the bottom and paper clip “feet” designed to pick up the resonance of containers. It looks like a moon lander. Wendy had a broken accordion (mailed to her from Craig’s List in a broken box without any packing materials) and she wanted to play it as a shell of a deceased instrument.


Read entire post detailing the back story about the show and the other sets on Carey’s blog.

Listen to entire set [mp3, 10:26]

The video footage here – consisting of the second half of the 10-minute set – is partially distorted due to a video recording glitch. It looks like we need to get a new camcorder.