Various Tape Excavation (Special Expanded Edition)
Release Date: March 31, 2023
Label: Independent Project Records
Indie record label Independent Project Records presents the expanded reissue of the Tape Excavation project, which accompanied the 2020 IPR coffee table book Savage Impressions from P22.
Tape Excavation was originally released as a 14-song limited edition vinyl LP to accompany the deluxe edition of the Savage Impressions book published by P22 in February 2020. The collection was compiled after scouring through dozens of boxes of cassette tapes from rehearsals, demos, and other recordings to find previously unheard nuggets from Bruce Licher's various musical endeavors beginning in 1980. Eight additional tracks have been added to this expanded re-issue for over 70 minutes of listening intrigue. It includes previously unheard recordings from Licher’s groups Savage Republic and Scenic along with his collaborations with Henry Frayne of Lanterna, and Michael Krassner from Boxhead Ensemble.
Tape Excavation is filled with a wide range of musical expression, from Licher’s early, no-wave inspired recordings for the Project 197 EP (IPR’s first release) in 1980, through previously unheard recordings from his groups Savage Republic and Scenic (and various offshoots), a wide range of solo recordings (some created as demos for his fellow band members to be able to listen to new song ideas), collaborations with fellow musicians Henry Frayne (from Lanterna) and Michael Krassner (from Boxhead Ensemble), to a rehearsal demo of his current musical project SR2, a powerful collaboration with his wife Karen Nielsen Licher. Eight additional tracks have been added to this expanded re-issue which now contains 22 intriguing windows into the ongoing evolution of Licher’s sonic vision. It has been mastered by Warren DeFever (His Name Is Alive) at Third Man, for the highest fidelity possible on these intriguing riffs.