Inert Dense Gravity Mechanism
These six songs by Detroit space rock/pop pioneers Gravity Wax are their first new recordings released in nearly two years. On the heels of their debut CD release “Low Energy Particulate” (on Mind Expansion), “Acoustically Inert Dense Gravity Mechanism” reaffirms the band’s leanings toward moog-dependent space pop and displays the somber, yet eloquent, qualities of their new direction. John now introduces his voice, his acoustic guitar playing and his lyrical abilities. Erik stretches forth with his appreciation for the 60s British Invasion and contemporaries like Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Stereolab, Pavement etc. I think they sound like the Silver Apples personally. In addition to their new song writing directions, Gravity Wax also take time out to reversion the Rolling Stones’ “2,000 Light Years From Home” with the assistance of Randall Niemann of Fuxa on guitar.
Erik Kassab and John Hardin have known one another since their high school days in Trenton, MI. Despite moving to different suburbs, their friendship continued to thrive on their passions for creating something new musically. The duo of John and Erik created atmospheres on Erik’s 8-track machine in his living room over several months in early ‘94, only sharing tapes with close friends also interested in textural drone music. Someone in the close circle of these tapes allowed them to be dubbed and soon enough Gravity Wax’s songs migrated to a number of radio stations without the band’s intent or permission. Several radio DJs then pursued the band for more songs to play on their shows and soon enough John and Erik took another look at their creations as more of a result of a “band” recording for an audience. Certainly not the original intent of creating what they had.
(now of Fuxa) joined the band on drums to record their first batches of
proper songs (after the cassette experiments). Larry of Burnt Hair Records
and a DJ on WHFR gathered together their first songs for a 7” release
and things have since steamrolled. Ryan left for his Fuxa pursuits (with
Randall Niemann) and was replaced by longtime friend/drummer Rob Moon
who plays on all tracks on this 10”. With their first proper album
now complete (a collection of previously released and unreleased songs),
they have realized they are now a band with a discography they never dreamed
possible. A band which despite its inability to tour, promote themselves,
and make public appearances at grocery store openings has garnered rave
reviews from the small press magazine circuit, radio station play lists,
and are being solicited for songs by a number of small labels across the
globe. Hopefully this 10” will assist them in reaching more ears.