Elektro Guzzi are an Austrian trio: Bernhard Breuer (drums), Bernhard Hammer (guitar), and Jakob Schneidewind (bass). Signed to Berlins Macro label, they play and record live -- however, their sound is not what you might be expecting from such a traditional band line-up. Macros Finn Johannsen writes: Live performances of electronic music have gone a long way since the seminal decision of a few men from Düsseldorf to leave their Krautrock beginnings behind and to become machines. Since then, the list of successors is epic and technologically refined in the process: from the musicians who on stage incorporated electronics into their post-punk aesthetics, to todays laptop PAs blurring the lines between performance and DJ set in a club context. Of course, the evolution of according concepts also proceeded in reverse, with electronic musicians implementing their sound into traditional band structures, and performing their music as modern interpretations of the latter, combining the sounds of the according analog and digital equipment. Taking all this into consideration, Elektro Guzzi from Vienna are none of the above, which is exactly why Macro didnt hesitate to sign them. Though their sound most certainly suggests that Bernhard Hammer, Jakob Schneidewind, and Bernhard Breuer also decided to become machines, they strangely enough dont use any (it took several confirmations in mails and personal meetings and a rehearsal video to convince that they dont). As digital as they may sound, they couldnt be more analog, producing and performing with the most classic of all setups: bass, guitar, and drums. But however traditional they may look as a band, they certainly do not sound like one. There is no computer backup material that they prepared earlier, no loops and things, no overdubs. However hard it is to believe, what you hear is 100% live." Elektro Guzzi write: "We recorded Circling Above in January this year. After two years of finding material for The Tapeworm, we finally agreed on these three tracks. We were searching for material which fits to the format, concerning sound and structure of the tracks. We had never done something for tape but, as you may know, we love the analog way of doing music..." - Elektro Guzzi, Vienna, April 13, 2013".
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.