The Hot Fighter #1 experiment was rooted in a deep psychedelic experience shared by a community of people. The experience, as with all things, changed continually between 2006-2009, the time HF#1 could be said to have existed. The first show was played by Sonny Blood, Nathan Warrick, Doog, and Mikey Hodges. It featured Magic Cat, which would become a standard of ours, as well as covers of Summertime Blues, Gloria, and an extended mind bending psychedelic freak out. This kind of freak out is what we would become known for, that is to say, "if you book these guys at your house they're gonna freak out." HF#1 grew to include at least two dozen people most notably guitar virtuoso Matt Shuff who became central to everything we did.
It might surprise a lot of people who were in the outer circle of HF#1 that we did more than Freakout on drugs. The Freakout was one of many methods we developed in our quest for liberation; it was a means to get There. The only press we received was actually in the Herald Times when someone noticed we were having weekly drone services in the park. The Drone became a primary practice as soon as we realized how high it could make us. We also wrote songs, a lot of songs that people never got to hear. There was an epic myth about the Owl that involved channeling nature spirits. We practiced extended mantras as well as call and response numbers over a driving beat to work us in to an ecstatic rock and roll frenzy. What most of Bloomington received was a Freakout because that was the appropriate method for us to transcend the wild parties we found ourselves playing. If you wanted to get There you would have to withstand a painful onslaught of terrible noise. It would be violent and frightening. Push in to that and Pow!
If you booked HF#1 you expected a Freakout. It was not always what would happen though. We once sat in the bushes outside a house chanting "it must be the season of the witch" for half an hour. Another night there were four guitarists playing through large stacks with free jazz saxophone, two drum kits, and some people screaming-- a Freakout that cleared the entire house. We sent chili to the moon. Once a large group of us were screaming and making noise throughout a house for a only a few minutes. Is this a show? The experience never stopped. We were always on. The universe is a river of sound. We knew it. We were consciously experimenting with drugs and music to manipulate that river in a way that suited us.
Very little evidence of this journey exists. We recorded a lot of things to tape to get a feel of what we were on to, but most of those tapes would be dubbed over when we were on to something else. The recordings on this cassette come from two sources. One is a CDR we released in the early days, and the second is a tape of us hanging out in the later days. The content of the tape is primarily simple songs we wrote played on mostly acoustic instruments and not the ear-mind splitting electric assault Freakout you might expect . We all knew these songs in an elemental way and would play them different every time, with different instruments, with different players, in different states of consciousness, in whatever form they wanted to take Now
released February 16, 2015