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Irving has a lot of talent and is utterly sincere, but I have to confess, I found something disturbing about his work. - Drum!

a brief introduction to Clang Quartet

Clang Quartet is the musical project of Scotty Irving (drummer for Geezer Lake, Eugene Chadbourne, Benjomatic, and others). Live, Clang Quartet is predominantly an improvisational percussion/performance-art show, based metaphorically on his life as a follower of Jesus Christ. The recorded output features standard instruments like guitars, keyboards, and drums as well as Irving's own electrified crutch mixed with sound collages of family tape recordings from his childhood & field recordings. Truly experimental music in the spirit of Swans, Whitehouse, Merzbow, and AC/DC.

Clang Quartet is one of Silber's most important & misunderstood artists. CQ is the subject of a documentary from Bright Eye Pictures titled Armor of God. In 12 minutes it expains more than I could in 24 hours.  Or you can read this great article about him.

Clang Quartet's second album The Separation of Church & Hate was released in late 2002 on Silber.  For the past few years Clang Quartet has focused on live performances rather than recorded output as can be heard on Revival of the Wretch & Ava.

Clang Quartet: Ava Ava
MP3 EP 2011 | Silber 094
1 track, 30 minutes
download zip file from Silber
Captured on Ava is a live performance from 2008 at the Ava Gardner Independent Film Festival.  It showcases the cacophony, chaos, order, & music that is uniquely Clang Quartet.

: Listen to Ava
: Press Release
: Reviews

Revival of the Wretch
Vinyl Album 2007 | RRR Records
Live studio recordings capturing the power of the live performances.
The Demo Years v.1
The Demo Years v.2
The Demo Years v.3
CDR 2005 | Fried Features
Collected demo works from 1997-98 cassette releases
Originals, Tributes, Rarities
CDR 2005 | Fried Features
Collected compilation and unreleased material
Noise and Other Road Sounds 
CDR 2005 | Fried Features 
Collected lives shows from The Wherehouse in Winston-Salem, NC; The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC, and CBGB's in New York City
The Separation of Church & Hate
CD Album 2003 | Silber 023
9 tracks, 48 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~85 megs))
: Listen to the track Amazing Disgrace
: Press Release
: Reviews
CD Album 2000 | Silber 013
14 tracks, 71 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~126 megs))
: Listen to the track Case Summary January 15, 1981
: Press Release
: Reviews
Clang Quartet/Remora
Cemented in Stone
CDR 1999 | Silber 010
free download
Saturday Night Sliver
cassette 1998 | Fried Features
Hackneyed Psalms and Other Fried Features
cassette 1997 | Fried Features

Compilation Appearances

Clang Quartet Links

Clang Quartet on MySpace
Benjomatic - Scotty Irving plays a "traditional" drummer in this band
Bright Eye Pictures - information on the Clang Quartet documentary "Armor of God"
CQ Interview - from The Independent, May 1999
CQ Interview - from QRD

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