After almost three years of random singles and a Grammy nomination for songwriting (“Chatterbox” 2012), we finally have a full length release from New Orleans organist QUINTRON, Spellcaster II (Death In Space). The word “Spellcaster” in the title is both a reference to the Spellcaster Lodge—a New Orleans social club / recording studio which he and MISS P inhabit—and also a reference to the title of the very first Quintron organ LP, The Amazing Spellcaster (Live at Pussycat Caverns). That LP came out in 1997 on the now defunct Ann Arbor noise label Bulb Records. Although Spellcaster II sounds nothing like Spellcaster I, it is in a way a return to form, as Spellcaster II (Death In Space) abandons the party style shout jams that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have become known for in favor of murky instrumental themes constructed from mostly unidentifiable sounds. Although there are a few proper songs (”Do the Raid” / “Steve”) they are still infected by the overall strangeness this album's soundtrack style instrumentation. Lap steel guitar, a recent left hand addition to the one-man Quintron arsenal, features prominently in many of the songs. There is also plenty of Organ, Drum Buddy, vibraphone, breaking glass, and a new instrument / invention called WEATHER WARLOCK which uses sunlight, rainfall, wind speed, and temperature to affect a constant chordal drone.
Includes a guest appearance from Mobile scum punk legend GARY WRONG. PEACHES and VICE COOLER (both longtime members of the Spellcaster Lodge) provide some very cult-like monotone backing vocals on the song “Steve.” The covers for this release feature a background image by Bulgarian painter IVA GUEORGUIEVA. The front and back of the jackets were hand set and printed on turn of the century letterpress machines by Fitzgerald Letterpress in New Orleans. Jacket fronts were also spray painted by Quintron.
#2 Death In Space (feat. Gary Wrong)
#3 Carney Starter
#4 Do The Raid (feat. Miss Pussycat)
#5 Home Invasion
#6 Mirza's Marsh
#7 Something Is Wrong With Jim Bob
#8 Steve (feat. Miss Pussycat, Peaches & Vice Cooler)