Infobox musical artist
Name = Primordial Undermind
Background = group_or_band
Psychedelic rock, Experimental, Drone
Years_active = 1989-present
Strange AttractorsAudio House Emperor Jones Camera Obscura September Gurls
Primordial Undermind is a critically-acclaimed experimental/psychedelic rock band, begun in 1988 when guitarist
Eric Arnof Connecticut's Crystalized Movements(the 80's band of guitar hero Wayne Rogers of Major Stars, Magic Hour) moved to California, and continuing today in Austria. Arn initially went to London in 1989 to record demos with the Bevis Frond's Nick Saloman. These sessions produced "Swimming the Ultramoon" for the 1991 7" compilation "If I Could Hear You I Would Hit You" on Baby Huey.
The band has a policy of open, collective membership, leading to numerous lineups over the years. Their Los Angeles County residency from 1991-1995 produced the "Sferic Mandalas from the Ecclips'd Eye" 7" on Baby Huey, "Aenesthetic Revelations" 7" on Dionysus, and a full-length cassette on
Shrimper Recordscalled "And All Tall Monsters Stand". Two albums were released in 1994 and 1997: "Yet More Wonders of the Invisible World" on September Gurls of Germany, and "You and Me and the Continuum" on the Australian label Camera Obscura.
In 1996 the band relocated to Boston, appearing at the Deep Heaven festivals (which they in large part initiated), and the
Ptolemaic Terrascope's Terrastockfestival. In 1998 the group moved to the SF Bay area where they performed at TerrastockII and recorded PU's third album "Universe I've Got". This prompted the band's first tour, where they were joined by Salamander (Minneapolis, MN) and Overhang Party (Tokyo) for a trip from west to east coast and back, including a stop at the Insidious Spectaclefest in Philadelphia. 1999 found the band moving to Austin, Texas. Here, a relatively spare quartet including guitarist Tom Carter (of Charalambides) recorded the Undermind's fourth album "Beings of Game P-U" and a full septet produced "Thin Shells of Revolution", for Austin's Emperor Joneslabel. The band appeared at SXSW(five times), and toured at various times with Kinski, Davis Redford Triad, and ST37.
At the end of 2004 the Undermind settled in Vienna, Austria. A series of recording sessions just before the move have produced a new album, "Loss of Affect" to be released on
Strange AttractorsAudio House in fall, 2006.
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