Rope is an electro-acoustic duo comprised of Przemyslaw Chris Drazek on guitar and trumpet and Robert Iwanik on electric bass and vocals. The two were originally in a band called KRZYCZ (translation: "scream") but left after a few releases and a tour because they were bored with the material: noise rock. In 1998, the duo then formed Rope in their small village in Poland and later recorded an EP, Fever, in Warsaw. Influenced by bands on Amphetamine Reptile and Touch & Go, the band began playing splintered post-hardcore, but soon shifted to more drone-based, psychedelic material reminiscent of Swans, Current 93, or Nick Cave. In 2000, they sold everything they owned and moved to Chicago to be part of the city's thriving experimental scene. Rope acquired drummer Mike Kendrick, began touring, and wrote material for a new album. The EP Fever then saw its American release on Family Vineyard in 2002.
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