Thursday, March 19, 2015

UPSILON ACRUX - Sun Square Dialect

"Upsilon Acrux is amazing."
–Thurston Moore

"Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard."

–Nels Cline

"A feast of heavy, odd-time riffing."
–Washington City Paper

"Mixing instrumental complexity within highly structured mini epics..."
–Modern Drummer

"Upsilon Acrux have boldly ventured into a realm of musical oddity that few other self-proclaimed 'edgy' bands could ever hope to claim."
Steel for Brains

"I think we make and destroy cities in the time it takes other bands to cross the street to get coffee."
–Upsilon Acrux founder and guitarist Paul Lai

New Atlantis Records announces the April 14th release of Sun Square Dialect, the seventh full-length album by LA's Upsilon Acrux.

Stream "Pitch Mountain : Maps," the opening track off Sun Square Dialect, exclusively via Steel for Brains, here.

Founded by guitarist Paul Lai almost two decades ago, the ever-morphing Upsilon Acrux has been described by Thurston Moore as "amazing" and by Nels Cline as "some off the most detailed compositions I have ever heard."

Inspired initially by King Crimson, among others – 1999's debut album was titled In the Acrux of the Upsilon King – the band is now its own inscrutable beast. Hyper-complex, brutally dense, Upsilon employs two drummers, clean guitar tones, Rhodes piano and horns, in the service of polyrhythmic compositions that twist, turn, squirm, and confound. Something like Don Caballero times ten, Upsilon Acrux should dazzle fans of bands like Don Cab, Behold The Arctopus, and Mick Barr's many projects, and of their predecessors in the realms of prog, krautrock, and free jazz.

In founder/guitarist Paul Lai's words: "I started this band in 1997 with the intention of being the line that connected Ornette Coleman to Sonic Youth, Magma to Neu!, King Crimson to Conlon Nancarrow, and Van Halen to Harry Pussy, and I think we've only added more lines. We've had about 20 different members and no less than 11 different versions of the band. This is our seventh album and our intent with this record is, as always, to make a distillation of the things we find fascinating about music, as well as an ongoing dialogue between the members and places we are, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We aren't trying to make perfect mathematical music, in fact all we're trying to make is rock music that's interesting to us... I think we make and destroy cities in the time it takes other bands to cross the street to get coffee."

Sun Square Dialect, Upsilon Acrux's first new album in six years, was recorded at Infrasonic Sound (The Jesus Lizard, Death Grips) and The Record Plant (in the room where Appetite for Destruction was recorded), and was mixed and mastered by Pete Lyman (Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Xasthur).

The cover art is by Rob Sato.

The tracklist is as follows:
1) Pitch Mountain : Maps
2) Death Before Disharmonic
3) Smells Kline
4) Never Don't Give Up
5) Hey Motherfucker You Ever Fuck With a Salvadoran?!
6) Dogshit on the Shoulders of Giants
7) Or Gnaw : Cult Men
8) Remnants of the Habitable Epoch
9) Old Dusk Seas : Odyssey

Upsilon Acrux has toured with The Locust and The Fucking Champs, and has played shows with The Boredoms, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hella, Blonde Redhead, Zs, Flying Luttenbachers, Orthrelm, and scores more. Next up, the band plays two record release shows in its hometown of LA:

April 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
April 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell

Upsilon Acrux, Sun Square Dialect lineup:
Paul Lai - guitar

Noah Guevara - guitar
Patrick Shiroishi - Rhodes, sax
Mark Kimbrell - drums
Dylan Fujioka - drums

In the Acrux of the Upsilon King, Accretions Records, 1999
The Last Pirates of Upsilon, Win Records, 1999
Last Train Out, Hactivist Records, 2002
Volucris Avis Dirae-Arum, Planaria Recordings/Epicene Records, 2004
Galapagos Momentum, Cuneiform Records, 2007
Radian Futura, Cuneiform Records, 2009
White (split w/ Honey Ride Me A Goat), Kitchen Dweller Records, 2009
Sun Square Dialect, New Atlantis Records, 2015