Conceptual / visual artist
Scot Jenerik and Savage Republic
guitarist/oil-drum ignighter Ethan Port are the proficiently preternatural,
prodigiously provocative, and pungently primal pyro-perpetrators
who primarily manifest F-Space's seething sepulchral sound of post
Industrial-Punk. Densely subterranean tribal percussion,
resonating Middle Eastern guitar, atmospheric ambience, and
dissonant metallic clanging reminiscent of Einsturzende Neubauten
and Throbbing Gristle immerse you into a cataclysmic realm of
subtle beauty and extreme chaos. As the consummate performance
artists, F-Space is the mastermind behind the optically enchanting
and aurally subversive "How To Destroy the Universe Festival"
co-presented by KFJC)!
is a violent sacrificial escapade well worth the adventure.
-- SCOT JENERIK and ETHAN PORT (SAVAGE REPUBLIC), ALEPH KALI
(CHROME) & JOEL CONNELL (MAN IS THE BASTARD)
Six massive, surprisingly accessible tracks of violently passionate,
harmonic noisescapes -- delivered with sonic intricacy and homicidal
tendencies. Camped in the vicinity of EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN,
THROBBING GRISTLE, ACID MOTHER'S TEMPLE, SWANS
and GLENN BRANCA. The result conjures an apocalyptic, feral,
destructive trance state implying a catastrophic act of nature, a march
through the desert on the path to war, or an offender's mental state
during a crime of passion.
Preliminary Impact Report
The first F-SPACE studio release is available now $9.98 Post
second printing available now
Also available at Aquarius Records, San Francisco and Amoeba Records,
Distributed by Revolver, USA and Carrot Top
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From ages sixteen to eighteen, I had a recurring dream about Armageddon,
standing unafraid as buildings toppled down around me and finally right
on top of me. "Preliminary Impact Report", the first disc
from this San Francisco experimental art-rock collective, recalls those
images. Comprising ex-Savage Republic guitarist Ethan Port,
local experimental artist Scot Jenerik, and Chrome drummer
F-SPACE immediately challenges your ears with a bass-heavy stereo gurgle
-- rooted in the eviscerating atmospherics of experimental icon Keiji
Haino -- accompanied by chugging drums and mild ambient flourishes.
One of the more intriguing textures layered atop comes from a hollow
percussive instrument that seemingly spits fire when struck.
Within this aural molten mass there are quieter, mellower sections,
carrying the album in waves from one mostly instrumental piece to the
next. But what really stands out is Port's Middle Eastern-tinged guitar
sensibilities, a crucial element of Savage Republic's seminal ProtoIndustrialPunk
sound. Some view PIR as the statement Savage Republic never made: a
vivid portrayal of destruction, beauty, and simplicity. As stale as
instrumental music's gotten lately, F-Space offers something to look
forward to. Even if it's Armageddon.
came the moment I'd been waiting for. F-Space battered the unsuspecting
audience with a wall of noise. Port's instrumentation on an electric
12-string maintained the breakneck speed and ominous tones of early
Savage Republic. He'd loop a string of notes into a mixer, then
switch guitars, or forsake them for a homemade instrument created out
of two thick metal springs stretched along the length of a four-foot-long
segment of pipe, which he alternately beat on and picked up and let
drop to the floor.
used drumsticks and even a violin bow to elicit the most raw and, at
times, excruciating sounds from a similar instrument propped on a metal
sawhorse. Kali added the energy of a runaway locomotive on drums.
result was apocalyptic: the music summoned a feral, destructive trance
state that implied a catastrophic act of nature, a march through the
desert on the path to war, or the offender's mental state during a crime
of passion." -(Camille T. Taiara) SFBG Dec 17, 2003
is a musical project by San Francisco sound artists Ethan Port
and Scot Jenerik based upon
the intense spectacle of performance, concentrating on alternative sound
and flame sources. Aleph Kali from
CHROME joined the project in 2002 adding "runaway locomotive"
creates violently passionate noisescapes, delivered with sonic intricacies
and altered-state-inducing tones. The effect is frenetic, intelligent
and visceral. The project
still heavily references traditional rock, pop, punk, ethnic and psychadelic
melodies (influenced by the time Ethan Port did time in the 1980s seminal
Los Angeles art punk outfit Savage
Republic) but within a new sonic architecture. F-Space
relies heavily on it's own unique custom built percussive instruments
to define a new audio and visual quality that is at once organic and electronic.
The instruments of metal, springs, strings and other hardware (often immersing
the band in 15 foot fire balls) produce the bands now signature "Machine
Shop Rock" sound.
F-Space moved to a more song structured "band/collective" with
Ethan Port (ex Savage Republic,
Death Ride '69, Wonder,
...uh...), Aleph (drummer from CHROME) and on occasion, Joel Connell (drummer
from Man is the Bastard, SR reunion tour). The project still focuses on
sonic percussion -- noisy and explosive with melodic overtones.
resulting F-Space sound is violent, sinister and encompassing, filled
with passion and intimacy that transforms the listener to an altered state
F-Space "toured" Burning Man, playing 8 "Hit and Run"
performances out of the back of their van with a PA and generator. The
effect was spontaneous bliss catching most people completely by surprise
-- and the projects reputation exploded through out the Burning Man community.
first studio F-Space CD titled "Preliminary Impact Report" was
released Dec 23, 2004. US, European and Japaneese tours are schedeled
Jenerik and Ethan Port also run Mobilization.com, a recording company
that recently re-issued the entire Savage Republic back catalog, and produces
alternative music events in the San Francisco area.