Artist: FLAMING DRAGONS OF MIDDLE EARTH
Title: All Roads Lead to Dome
Label: Mabel Flav
"Flaming Dragons of Middle Earth (FDOME) is a band of misfit children and adults who have been holding weekly “practices” for the last eight years at a teen center in the mildly dilapidated town of Turners Falls, Massachusetts. I feel like Volcanic Tongues David Keenan has described the band better than I could so Im going to let him talk for a minute. This is from the Tip of the Tongue write-up for FDOMEs debut LP:
"Led by wheelchair-bound band shaman Danny Cruz and consisting of a rotating group of non-musicians, psychedelic drop-outs, teenage metalheads, kids with Down Syndrome etc, Flaming Dragons play a form of super crude/sophisticated free rock ala The Godz or even a punk-primitive Arkestra but with Cruzs stunning, oracular vocals giving them a mainline to the freak flag style of prime Captain Beefheart, Roky Erickson and Wasa Wasa-era Broughton. Cruzs instant lyric inventions are as mind-boggling as your favourite medium while the group lurch around on staggering brokedown rhythms somewhere between early-Sabbath, Robbie Yeats of The Dead C and The Shaggs. Their material ranges from stripped-down raps to lumbering psychedelic rock, as well as free-form freakouts w/lyrics that obsess over murder, bloodshed, astral creeps and, uh, Joni Mitchell... indeed Cruz makes most sound poets sound like childrens entertainers."
Ive worked closely with Danny and his crew for the last six years, so you can trust me when I say that this new FDOME disc is hands down the best thing the group has recorded and one of the most unusual, yet enjoyable, records Ive had the pleasure of holding in my hands. You can listen to a few songs from the album here.
Some of the bands previous releases have been on Feeding Tube Records, but now Danny is in complete control of his music with the aide of his personal care assistants/bandmates. Take a walk on the wild side, youll be glad you did.�- One Kind Favor. Edition of 300 w/ paste-on covers.