David Ratcliffe (SANEMAN) and Keith Sandys (Mr. Teeth) write, record and perform their self styled 'space honk' music as negativePANDA.
Their moody and chaotic sounds could be desribed as Post Rock, but their influences and interests are derived from a number of varied fields. Lo-Fi and processed, both organic and digital, harmonious in outcome but from contradicting origins, their soundscapes come from a deep, dark place, but can inflict a soothing sweetness .
David & Keith are also members of
We hope to be able to give more information here of forthcoming performances soon.
to date include:
Here are the origins of the group as described by David Ratcliffe:
first met in gcse physics, bonding over a love of classic hard rock and
heavy metal. After a while we decided to get together and try to start
a band. Keef played guitar, and I played bass. We tried to do the whole
rock thing, but it didn't really work. Then, somehow, we ended up playing
chilled out mellow stuff, and it sounded pretty cool. As neither of us
could actually really play our instruments, it was a long painful process
trying to do anything with a solid structure. We ended up just jamming
real loose epic instrumental pieces. Very minimal, just the two of us.
|On Saturday 21st July 2001 negativePANDA made a special apearance in Portsmouth, England, with guests New Low and benjamin_sanguine. Attendance was by invitation only, but we hope to be able to bring you news of more performances soon.|
Here are some comments from Keith about the performance:
I have to say I personnally feel our set was succesful (worked far better
than I expected, to be honest!). I thought it went well although I have
no idea what it sounded like!!! Ben - I'm sure I speak on behalf of myself
and Dave when I say many thanks for your help along with Justin and Duncan,
without whom we would've failed in our task to represent our music live.
I think Richard (the host) loved the fact that Duncan's style combined
with everything else added a new dimension to the sound.
'Rich thought it all worked well and the levels were fine, but the overall opinion was it could've been louder in general and my geetar was a bit quiet in the mix. He enjoyed our style and how it all pieced together with the various mix of sounds. My sister said the only thing that was a bit off putting was how things didn't seem to finish; but other people (Paul, Nigel) loved the way it all flowed into one long piece, which was our plan so that was cool.'
'After a while me and Keef had agreed on a brief outline of what to play, using a couple of tracks we'd recorded quite a while a go as a basis. We decided we'd like to do it as one long piece of music, spanning our allotted 20-30 min set. When the big day finally arrived we still had no idea on how things were going to sound.
|'At roughly 3 o'clock we all convened at the venue. I'd already started drinking. We were due to play at 7:30, though the other band were due to turn up at about 6 to set up... this didn't leave us that long to come up with something. Turned out we didn't have much space either, so it was going to be a challenge. After a wee bit of organising, we ended up with: keef on acoustic guitar; ward on electric guitar; me on bass, percussion, electric guitar and vocals; whitaker on bass and electric guitar; duance on electric guitar, percussion(?) + tapes. or something like that. whitaker and duance came up with a wicked central section which would go between the 2 nP tracks. The hosts seemed a little concerned about our lack of a plan, but we assured them that we knew what we were doing. kind of. Our set up time was cut short by the other band being pricks. but hey, what can you do?|
|'I figured it'd be pretty quiet when we played due to the early time, but there was a reasonable size crowd building up by the time we took to the stage.. such as it was..anyway, I was, as planned, slightly tipsy by this point, so no nerves or anything. As we started off quite quietly most people were still talking but as things kicked in a bit, I think people were paying attention. It all went by very quickly, which was disappointing coz I didn't get to do my noisy guitar section, but I was most pleased when people actually clapped and cheered afterwards.|
|'From my point of view .. we did quite well, though I couldn't hear what anyone else was doing. Our instrument changes were flawless, and no dramatic mistakes were made. Oh, I think I came quite close to breaking the drum machine. I still think we shoulda dragged it on a bit, as I'm sure no one would've minded. From other people I've heard that the levels were a bit wonky, With keef + ward being almost inaudible at the back. The other band took the piss out of us, but i certainly wasn't bothered. So after we packed up we had lots more beer + danced to funky dance + hip hop tracks spun by the djs. yay! '|
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["QUOTE/UNQUOTE, WITH NOTHING IN BETWEEN,
I AM LEFT SPEECHLESS,
CAN YOU NOT SEE?]