In this week's paper, you'll find a profile I wrote about local electronic/beat producer Stres, who plays a free show at Vermillion Art Gallery tonight with Thousand Statues; Jon Karr, Kaori Suzuki & Chris Davis; Terminal Fuzz Terror; and Stalebirth (doors at 8 p.m.). There is a short, but growing, list of musicians that Stres (Josh Bolof) has collaborated with - mainly to fantastic results - and after poking about town, I was able to compile the thoughts (mostly pretty glowing praise) of several of these fine people about our protagonist, and the music he has made/is making. From the editor's floor:
Bolof's current live drummer (and former Akimbo guitarist Aaron Walters on Bolof's new material:
"I really like it. It seems to have more of an organic...it's more song oriented, you know? There're some really beautiful, catchy melodies, and harmonies and shit, going on. So there's that element sort of infused into it. That's sort of his thing; he's going more of that direction."
--On his older material:
"I found out he was looking for a drummer, and I hadn't heard his stuff at all. So I gave it a listen, and thought 'Oh shit, this is good, and I can play to this,' and so that was that."
Ravenna Woods front man Chris Cunningham (with whom Bolof collaborated on a remix of "Graves" last year):
"I found his music to be interesting, stimulating, and intelligently put together,"
Producer/engineer Erik Blood (with whom Bolof is recording his new EP, Old Lives) on Bolof's energy:
"He's up. Very positive. He seems really happy to be making music."
--On what is striking about his music:
"There is a dark simplicity to it that I find arresting. His melodies are effectively minimal."