Mahogany Brain

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Existing for only a couple years in the early 1970s, and playing only one live gig, Mahogany Brain still managed to record a couple of albums as well as garner themselves a place on the Nurse With Wound…
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Existing for only a couple years in the early 1970s, and playing only one live gig, Mahogany Brain still managed to record a couple of albums as well as garner themselves a place on the Nurse With Wound list of influences. Their music has been derided as incompetent and amateurish, sounding like the band had just picked up their instruments for the first time, though at the same time their raw sound predates punk and no wave.

Mahogany Brain was not really band as much as the work of one man, poet and filmmaker Michel Bulteau and whatever musicians he collected around him. The group was formed in 1970 in Paris, France as a way for him to turn his surrealist poetry into music, as well as to experiment with sounds. Their main influences were the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart, as well as a lot of drug use, and their music was freeform avant-rock and loose improvisations. Unlike many French rock groups of that era most of their lyrics were in English. They played their one concert in the summer of 1970 at the Lucemarie, and after that became a studio project.

In the middle of December, 1970 Mahogany Brain recorded the album With (Junk-Saucepan) When (Spoon-Trigger) released by the legendary Futura label early the next year, and they also provided the soundtrack to a short film of Bulteau?s, Main Line. Another record, Smooth Sick Lights, was recorded in one day in June of 1972, but not released until several years later by the Pole label, and this album also had the Main Line soundtrack, ?Green Winter of Revolvers.? After that Bulteau returned to his William Burroughs-inspired poetry as well as more filmmaking, though he did release a 12? EP Spleen with Elliot Murphy in 1989 as well as three CDs, Archedoxe, Dans un Monde Sonore, and Rincures, in the 90s. Pattrick Geoffrois, guitarist for Mahogany Brain, moved to New York in the late 1970s and played with No Wave pioneers James Chance and the Contortions.