The 13 Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Bands in 2013
|Darin Gray with Chris Corsano.|
Bassist Darin Gray might be the most prolific experimental musician out of St. Louis. Some 32 years after his first performance in the area, he shows no signs of stopping, and RFT Music couldn't be prouder to call him one our city's own. Despite the racket Gray has generated in countless ensembles and bands including Grand Ulena, Dazzling Killmen, You Fantastic!, On Fillmore and Chikamorachi over the years, he says he's actually a pretty shy guy.
Gray spends the majority of his time bumping between what he calls the "triangle of his work:" Chicago, Bloomington, Indiana (where labels Family Vineyard and Dead Oceans are based), and his home base in Edwardsville, Illinois. Early this year Gray completed a solo-improvisation tour and is currently traveling with NPR's Radiolab Live along with Glenn Kotche of Wilco.
Mabel Suen Eric Hall
You could probably fill your iPod with nothing but solo releases from Eric Hall and still run out of room before you got to his collaborative work with other musicians. Last year he was put in charge of curating a massive installment of musical pairings at Laumeier Sculpture Park -- and he actually pulled it off. That alone demands attention, but it wasn't enough for Eric Hall. He is constantly working on his craft -- not so much for the fans as for his own sanity. It is pure, and it is good, but Hall's fans already know that. This is brilliant music for eager ears.