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'Argot, Volume II' is literally the last thing the original line-up of The Dark Pioneers would record before packing up their rehearsal space and shooting out the lights. Following up on the unexpected success of 2010's 'Argot: Vol. 1,' here's one last batch of improvised musical oddities, the band's way of both celebrating how far they've come in their 4 years of playing together, and also blowing off steam knowing it was all about to end.

Armed with a few more mics and a multi-track recorder, Volume 2 was recorded live in the same, cramped rehearsal space as Volume 1 and is equally free of overdubs and forethought.

The ghost of Miles Davis, circa the 1970s, hovers over the proceedings, both musically and in technique (the "record hours of improv, then sort out the whole mess in the editing room" method). There are a few odes to the synth-heavy scores of director John Carpenter and an electro-love letter to the Roland Juno synthesizer, aptly titled "Tribe Of Juno" (with Sam & Nathan dropping in loops and sequences live on the fly). Toss in some techno, some reggae and twisted, ambient explorations and you have yourself a stew.


released January 29, 2013

Brian Alter - drums & percussion
Sam Collins - bass, keyboards, and synth
Nathan Wade - guitar, vocals (track 5), feedback flute (track 10)

Recorded, mixed, edited and reassembled by Nathan Wade



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Nathan Wade & The Dark Pioneers Seattle

Nathan Wade & The Dark Pioneers are Seattle’s purveyors of apocalyptic Americana, hitching the rusted scraps of American roots music to a battered pick-up truck and dragging it across a broken 21st Century landscape. It’s a cinematic trip down a desolate highway as the dashboard rattles apart and the truck radio blasts songs of murder, drug abuse, and Biblical arcana. ... more

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