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    Posted: May 26 2013 at 00:51
I have just discovered the Californian band 'Tarantula Hawk'.  They certainly are similar to their close buddies 'Yeti' - holding a place in the heavy, droney, nasty, experimental space.  They certainly could fit in to 'eclectic' as their stylings fuse Prog Electronic, Heavy Prog, Space Rock/Psych, droning elements of Krautrock, perhaps even a smidge of Prog Metal.  The musical equivalent to a raging ball of fire !!  There's not much info on the net about them, there's bugger-all samples available for people to hear, but they are a very satisfying discovery indeed.  There really is some amazing stuff out there.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 26 2013 at 07:59
They were suggested before in May 2006: http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=23350, but nobody took it any further than a couple of brief comments, and the link contained within is outdated and no longer works.
 
A tarantula hawk is a giant wasp that lays it's eggs in the backs of tarantulas. Their larvae, once hatched, begin feeding on the still-living tarantula... YEUK!!!
 
From their original record label's website: http://www.lifeisabuse.com/tarantula_hawk/
 
"On July 15th, 1998, Rob Morrison and Dave Warshaw moved to San Diego from Seattle and Los Angeles, respectively. On August 1st, 1998, Braden Diotte moved to San Diego, also from Los Angeles. On August 2nd, 1998, together with Dylan Scharf, a San Diego native, Tarantula Hawk was born. Over the next four months, a six-song set of music was written chronologically from start to finish. It was a “concept” that was written to illustrate the lifecycle of the Tarantula Hawk, but also illustrated the progression of a band getting comfortable with their own sound. On February 23rd, 1999, what would be-come Tarantula Hawk’s “Self-Titled Debut Album” was recorded. On March 1st, 1999, Rob Morrison left Tarantula Hawk to raise his son back in Seattle. The remaining band members were unsatisfied with the sound of Tarantula Hawk’s existing music without the attributes of Rob’s bass and noise accompaniment, and were not interested in trying to find anyone to replace him. Instead, each band member took on an auxiliary instrument and new songs were conceived.
 
The line-up became:
Dave Warshaw: drums, guitar, sampler
Dylan Scharf: keyboard, guitar
Braden Diotte: bass guitar, sampler/keys
 
Over the next four years Tarantula Hawk solidified itself as a force to be reckoned with within the underground music community, performing alongside such underground heavyweights as Neurosis, Crash Worship, High On Fire, Dystopia and The Locust. But a follow-up to their first album had yet to become a reality. Faced with the challenge of a second album, Tarantula Hawk quickly recognized that it wouldn’t be worth doing if they were to simply recreate their first album over again. There thus became a need for Tarantula Hawk to not only grow individually as musicians, but also to grow together as a band. And these things take time……
 
Finally, after one year of intense writing and arranging, Tarantula Hawk completed their second album in mid-2002. Although the album remained aesthetically congruent with their previous effort (opting for no album or song titles; artwork by Kevin Ross), this album leads the listener into a deeper chasm of interpretive and creative perception by combining the “otherworldly” musical imagery of their first album with a much more familiar element: human emotion. Using a darker palette, this album explores a cumulative void within the players, expressing emotions that, for them, are best conveyed using the medium of music."
 
 
 
 
Personnel:
Braden Diotte - Bass
Dylan Scharf - Keyboard, Guitar
Dave Warshaw - Drums, Sampler
Rob Morrison - Bass, Sampler (1st Album)
 
Location:
San Diego, CA
 
Discography:
TARANTULA HAWK (album #1) LP/CD (Life is Abuse) 1999
TARANTULA HAWK (album #2) CD (Neurot) 2002
TARANTULA HAWK (album #2) LP (Life is Abuse) 2003
"Desert Solitaire" Live CDR (self released) 2002
"Live at KFJC" CDR (self released) 2002
 
Their two studio albums:
 
Release Date – 2000
Artist – Tarantula Hawk
Album – Tarantula Hawk
Genre – Noise-core, Experimental, Psychedelic, Instrumental, Progressive
 
Tracklist
1. Birth (7:11)
2. Metamorphosis (2:29)
3. Feeding (6:12)
4. Flight Training (8:17)
5. Mating (0:27)
6. Paralyzation Regeneration (12:16)
 
Release Date – 2002
Artist – Tarantula Hawk
Album – Untitled
Genre – Noise-core, Experimental, Psychedelic, Instrumental, Progressive
 
Tracklist
1. Track 1 (3:18)
2. Track 2 (6:42)
3. Track 3 (7:35)
4. Track 4 (6:44)
5. Track 5 (49:40)
 
They have more than a few similarities to their patrons, Neurosis, who re-leased the original self-titled record in 2002 on to their Neurot Recordings label.
 
See also: http://www.last.fm/music/Tarantula+Hawk (with two full tracks from each album for streaming or download)
 
Second album in full (in four parts) - in full that is up to the last 30 minutes or so of track 5, which is just looping noise, and is probably best ignored entirely anyway:

 
 
 
 
Second track off the second album as a standalone:
 
 
First track of the first album:
 
 
And you can hear all the tracks from the first album on Grooveshark: http://grooveshark.com/#!/artist/Tarantula+Hawk/686221 Smile
 
Note: ignore any myspace.com/tarantulahawk or tarantulahawk.org links you might come across on any of the pages I linked to - 'cos they won't work!!
 
Well, that'll do for starters I guess.... Ermm


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Wow = Yam Yam - I think you cleaned up everything available on the net and then some.  Amazing !!
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I totally forgot about this band after all these years, but it's true that they could fit in the PA database... But rather in RIO, maybe ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2013 at 17:05
Fuzzed-out experimental psychedelic jammin' so perhaps one for the Krautrock Team. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2013 at 17:54
'Eclectic' would be the place - they fuse too many styles, and everyone's opinion of their sound differs.  They are very interesting, to say the least.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote seventhsojourn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2013 at 17:58
You should simply have posted directly in the Eclectic Team thread yourself then.
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Originally posted by seventhsojourn seventhsojourn wrote:

You should simply have posted directly in the Eclectic Team thread yourself then.
Me, being rather 'simple', am not aware of this forum's nooks and crannies - sure TH are Krauty, but so much more, I can't think of anywhere else to categorise them.  After all, I'm not the one who assesses and decides where to list a band at the site, I'm only making suggestions. I'm more than content to see them under 'Krautrock' - I do realise it's all hard work adding new bands here. I appreciate folks taking time to listen and analyse everyone's suggestions.
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Kraut, Eclectic, Avant,...?

and the verdict is... Post Metal Smile
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=8548

A great find as far as I'm concerned!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2013 at 14:48
'Post Metal'
I suppose Tool are there so it kinda fits.....
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^ nope Tool aren't "post metal" but it does fit  Wink
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^ I meant that they are listed here under 'Experimental/Post Metal' - so it kinda fits
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