Stress Jingle/Station ID #26 : AWOTT

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Asian Women On The Telephone (AWOTT) is a Moscow experimental outfit and one of the most interesting and unique underground bands of our present era. Their music draws influences from krautrock, noise, punk, electronic, industrial, lo-fi, sound collage, free improvisation - and their outrageous live shows are renowed for their ritualistic and playful approach, featuring ever-changing home-made costumes and masks.

Being banned periodically from Moscow club-venues due to rumored connections to a "mystical ritualistic sect", the band focused on studio recordings, following a programme of no overdubs and no digital mixing or mastering. They have amassed an impressive collection of albums which are intense, messy, creative and uniquely packaged. All their music is available at Bandcamp, in a generous system of name-your-price downloading. Highlights include "Holotropic Break", "ICanT", "Freedom As Mama Told Me", "IVAN" and "AWOTT III", just to name a few.

Here is a short bio provided by the group:

"There is story how the AWOTT had their things and years before now: story continues up and down moscow city since 2007: year when its start from bass and drum duo rock bit experimental and rather heavy:
then more lighter and psy-low-fidelique like trio, then 4-piece with razory sawed guitar, then 5-piece even 6-like piece pie with more drums and wild animals on stage. Sometimes naked but always masked. Result: toured north America in 2011, chewed chewing gums, made stars-spangled friends. Meanwhile played and pushed buttons created about 10 albums full of semi-drone half-industrial themes and even songs. Free improv was a main method, clothes-free was a need.
Some of them have a multi-purpose video realisation: mental health training, subcultural influenced, historical meaning, ruin for fun. Time is changed and band is changed too. 2012 is year when god had realise that trio is much better than high five. And we submit. Louder than before we drive our power-trio to new lands of mature things. Result: toured around Europe in 2013 spring, eaten cheeses, spoke tongues, made much more friends.
Nowadays AWOTT, by mighty Destiny, reduced to duo again. They deserve to start from beginning of a Game."

"The lo-fi free-psych-noise gurgitation-rock costume-drama is a killer spectacle!"
Daniel Blumin (WFMU)



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