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Subarachnoid Space

Since their formation in 1995, Subarachnoid Space has evolved into one of the preeminent navigators within the realms of psychotropic underground rock and have firmly established themselves alongside the brightest stars in the constellation of contemporary psychedelic heaviness. Playing a form of lysergic and almost entirely instrumental rock that draws its DNA from the sounds of classic Krautrock, prog, spacey long-form improvisation and metallic heaviness, the band has attracted a fervent and dedicated following over the past decade around albums on established independant labels such as Relapse Records and Strange Attractors Audio House. Subarachnoid Space have also continued to bring their ominous, ethereal riffage, soaring fx-laden guitars and pulsating rhythmic propulsion on the road with numerous tours and festival appearances, including multiple stints across the U.S., three appearances at the legendary psych-rock festival Terrastock, and a tour of Japan, and has performed alongside such a variety of artists as Acid Mothers Temple, Khanate, Wolf Eyes, YOB, Sunn O))), Danava, Red Sparowes, These Arms Are Snakes, Master Musicians Of Bukkake, and Ludicra.

Thoughout the band's existence, the one constant has been visionary guitarist and bandleader Melynda Jackson. A native of rural Texas, Jackson grew up as an only child, and the isolated grasslands and windswept landscapes of her youth would eventually inspire her to evoke equally mysterious terrain through experimental, exploratory guitar and wordless vocalizations in Subarachnoid Space. Jackson moved to San Francisco at the age of twenty-six and within a year had become part of the fledgling version of Subarachnoid Space, which had been formed by experimental guitarist Mason Jones, already known within the post-industrial/psych underground from his long-running Trance project. With Melynda in the band, Subarachnoid Space recorded and released their debut 7" Char-Broiled Wonderland in 1996, and from there would go on to fine-tune their sprawling improvisations and began to tour frequently. This led to the band scoring a record deal with Relapse Records soon thereafter.

After three albums on Relapse Records, the band went on to release material on a number of smaller labels like Elsie And Jack, September Gurls, and Strange Attractors Audio House, and continued to perform regularly, touring both the USA and Japan with Acid Mothers Temple and performing alongside Sonic Youth at the 2002 Terrastock V festival alongside Sonic Youth. After the release of 2003's Also Rising, Mason Jones retired from the band, leaving Jackson to assume control of the band and reshape Subarachnoid Space into something heavier and more song-oriented. This new phase of Subarachnoid Space saw Jackson bringing a darker and more metallic edge to the band's sound while still retaining the elements of fiery improvisation and rich textural guitar that the group was known for, and both 2003's Also Rising and 2005's The Red Veil further introduced the band to a new audience of left-field metal and heavy rock fans.

After a three year hiatus, Jackson and Subarachnoid Space have returned with Eight Bells, the band's first new release since 2005's The Red Veil on Strange Attractors, and the newest chapter in Jackson's continually evolving vision. Featuring the current lineup of Daniel Barone, Melynda Jackson, Lauren K. Newman and Daniel Osborne, and produced by Steven Wray Lobdell, the music of Eight Bells continues in the heavy lysergic vein as their last couple of post-Relapse albums, fusing wicked metallic crunch with ecstatic sky-streaking guitar freakouts and some of the band's most narcotized jamming yet. Their last couple of records all increasingly pointed towards a heavier direction for the band, and this new material continues on that trajectory as it combines blazing luminous axe-howl over hypnotic heavy acid riffage and dense squalls of fx-stacked sound. The album features five songs ("Lilith", "Akathesia", "Hunter seeker", "Haruspex", "Bird Signs"), and features stunning new artwork from Stephen Kasner.


Current lineup:
Melynda Jackson - Guitar/vocalization
Dan Barone - Bass
Daniel Osborne - Guitar
Bryan Sours - Drums

Discography:
Char-Broiled Wonderland (7") Charnel Music 1996
Delicate Membrane (CD) Charnel Music 1996
Almost Invisible (CD) Release Entertainment 1997
Endless Renovation (CD) Release Entertainment 1998
The Sleeping Sickness (CD, Album) Elsie & Jack Recordings 1999
These Things Take Time (CD) Release Entertainment 2000
Play Nice (CDr) Not On Label 2002
Tigris / Euphrates (LP, Ltd) Camera Obscura (2) 2002
Also Rising (CD) Strange Attractors Audio House 2003
The Red Veil (CD) Strange Attractors Audio House 2005
Eight Bells (CD/DIGITAL) Crucial Blast 2009