Rats Live On No Evil Star

A 12 track electropop album (39m 40s) — released October 18th 2010 on Gusstaff Records

Rats Live On No Evil Star, originally a palindrome, is now a combined project by Bernd Jestram and J. Edward Donald. These recordings from the summer of 2009 are poised between autistic sketches of a foreign and personal planet and an attempt at opening up the retro jail cell of music and pseudo earnestness of post-modern music. After hardcore came Joy Division and then the acoustic guitar. Playing with occultism in the guise of post-industrial while at heart remaining romantic, some songs speak of urban fatalism and thwarted passageways from a sovereign voice deeper than Ian Curtis, more confused than Daniel Johnston. The first time J. Edward Donald failed was in the basement of his family home of 70's suburban Chicago while trying to rollerskate; medication, doctors failed him, and family did, too. His first concert under the pseudonym Human Elephant was given in the winter of 2000 in Berlin following a short scholastic life of one year in the hills of Tuscany studying emptiness under the auspices of the (now late) venerable Geshe Jampa Gyatso. His artistic endeavors have been kindly documented by producers in London, Berlin, and Chicago and have been featured on various compilations, cd's, and 7"'s. Three of his solo works are available through the Mexican labels of Scribble-Kite, Dog-Eared, and Umor. Bernd Jestram, a long-standing member of the East Berlin music scene, has been playing music since the 80's. Starting by playing bass in punk bands, he achieved later a larger audience with his fellow musician Ronald Lippok in the band Tarwater. He is also active in the field of radio-plays, music for theatres, and films. His music is mainly put together from fragments and still manages to remain utterly nonchalant in its complexity. It is detached and yet wholly engaging, repetitive but wonderfully melodic.
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