This evening marks the beginning of Tourniquet Noise, a series of harsh noise performances at the Kitty Cat Klub each Monday during the month of July. The series, curated by local musician Kevin Cosgrove, aims to bring together artists who have played an instrumental role in giving life to the ever-changing atmosphere of noise music in Minneapolis. Tonight's lineup includes Baculum, the project of local harsh noise veteran and owner of Phage Tapes (blog here), Sam Stoxen.
Photo courtesy of Baculum
"At first I thought harsh noise was stupid," Stoxen says over brunch at Muddy Waters. He is somewhat of an intimidating presence, his face shielded by a rather outgrown rust-colored beard, a hat reading "Fuck art, make noise" pulled over his forehead. Solid black tattoos form a landscape of ink over most of his body, faded with time, and interrupted by the outlines of various symbols and lettering. He had pulled up to the restaurant on his chopper to meet with us, lamenting a mechanical issue that has been plaguing the bike, a mass of metal crafted lovingly by Stoxen himself.More »