SEASON TO RISK – Misc. tracks 1992-2006

September 18, 2009

S2R

 It must be said I do find myself getting a bit miffed these days when people start shooting off about the great noise rock of the 90’s and fail to mention Season to Risk (S2R). For my money their output was as important and valid as any of the bigger AmRep, Dischord or Touch & Go bands yet they go totally overlooked even with their stint on a major label over the first half of the 90’s. Maybe we put this injustice down to bad timing because this band are if nothing else vastly capable of delivering a unique variant of this sound. They avoided being a clone like many bands signed to majors as part of the Grunge explosion. From their inception S2R had a strong identity and were flagbearers for the ‘Kansas City sound’. Trademarks of this being the complex, yet very forceful drumwork, pummeling low end, abstract poetic lyrics, and guitar lines wavering from dissonance to melody…  S2R were definitely pioneers of a harsher, rhythmically skewed brand of ‘math rock’. Below is some footage I found from 1997 of the band flipping their tour van, I’m guessing that this and more will be on the planned  S2R DVD.

My personal S2R highlight would be the ‘Men are monkeys, Robots win’ CD, an album that I considered quite hard to fathom when I first heard it. I really liked their first album but about a year ago this third record became my life’s soundtrack for about a month. In that time I let the abrasive layers of confusion, paranoia, nihilism, loathing etc. wash over me. I tapped in and felt greatly rewarded after these multiple listens. It’s coming from such an obscure place that I cannot understand where. S2R have the rare quality of a group mind, there is a singular vision and that is the result of the sum, never the parts.

The below download is a compiliation I’d collected of all their B-sides, split 7″s & comp tracks. I’m pretty certain everything is included. The collection starts with ‘Oil’ a 7″ B-side from 1992. ‘The End All’  from the Kansas City Misery compilation. ‘Undone’ was the track they played in the Strange Days movie & featured as a very limited split 7″ with Glazed Baby. ‘Beestings and Poison Eggs’ from the split 7″ with Starkweather. This is probably my favourite S2R track & I think it is a perfect representation of the band. They effortlessly contrast the harsh & rhythmic with flow & melody. ‘This Town’ was from a Go-go’s tribute compilation. ‘Ace of Space’ appeared on the split 7″ with Molly McGuire. It sounds like a demo version for ‘The Shattering’ album, it’s a bit slower and not as well rounded but still great. ‘Melt’ is from the Die Kreuzen tribute album and ‘Cotton Bolls’ from the Killdozer tribute album. If you like this stuff then you can buy the first three albums cheaply HERE, or for further information consult the band’s DISCOGRAPHY. I cannot recommend Season to Risk highly enough.

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3 Responses to “SEASON TO RISK – Misc. tracks 1992-2006”

  1. tulipana said

    Hey thanks for the props. Not sure where you are coming from but so that you know, this fall marks the 20 year anniversary for Season to Risk. We will be doing some shows in the Midwest the weekend after Thanksgiving. Right now confirmed dates are Nov. 27 @ recordBar in Kansas City and Nov. 28 @ The Firebird in St. Louis. In the coming months all our material plus unreleased music and videos will be available at a new website managed by Roman Numerals (feat. 2 ex S2R members). The site will also host material from all related Season to Risk projects. Roman Numerals, Olympic Size, Dirt Nap, Thee Water Moccasins, Overstep, Molly McGuire, Iron Rite Mangle, The Great Fire of 1666, Pornhuskers and much much more. At least, that’s the plan.
    Cheers,
    Steve Tulipana

  2. jd said

    love it! thank you!

  3. killingtechnology said

    Hi Steve, yeah I knew it was your 20 year anniversary coming up.. Congratulations, that’s a long time. This website idea sounds really cool, some live S2R would be excellent. Was the Iron Rite Mangle album lost for good when Trainwreck flooded?

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