Upsilon Acrux makes some of the most detailed compositions I have ever heard” – Nels Cline // “Upsilon Acrux is Amazzzzzzzzing” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) // „…a stunning example of both virtuosity and clever composition…amazing, and amazingly consistent….“ – All Music Guide
Upsilon Acrux is an instrumental quintet (dual guitars, keyboards, bass and drums). Their music is generally very intense, loud, hard-hitting and unbelivably virtuosic. Upsilon Acrux’s music is demanding on many levels, but mostly it demands that you listen to it a number of times before forming an opinion, because only after you’ve gotten familiar with it can you get past the sheer complexity and onslaught of it all and hear the amazing musicality of what they are doing. This combination of blazingly fast, interwoven musical lines delivered at blinding speed mixed with their unique melodic sense makes Upsilon’s music instantly recognizable.
Released May 19, 2009
Phil Cobb – keyboards
Paul Lai – guitar
Chris Meszler – drums
David Moeggenberg – guitar
Marty Sataman – bass
B. “Iceman” Miller – drums (on “Ping & Pong”)
Mike Armstrong – saxophone (on “Ping & Pong”)
In memory of Weber.
Recorded & Mixed by Pete Lyman @ Infrasonic Sound Recording Co, Alhambra, CA, September-November 2008 (www.infrasonicsound.com).
Produced by Pete Lyman and Upsilon Acrux.
Editing by David Moeggenberg.
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„Active in various configurations for a decade, the SoCal quintet condense hundreds of ideas into an instrumental supercollider and keep them vibrating on the brink of fission. The result is scary. The compositions — spun with tight intensity by two guitars, synth, bass and drums — link and overlap fragments from all over the musicsphere: Zappa carnivalations, Television accelerations, science polka, metallic fury, distant reggae. It’s nervous, sparky, often dissonant but more listenable than you’d think, even the 28-minute “Transparent Seas,” a work of symphonic scope spanning from switchback blasts to crushed nobility, with an elegant waltz in the middle so you can catch your breath…Strong cover art, funny song titles (“Keeping Rice Evil”) — it’s hard to fault Upsilon Acrux except to wonder why they limit their audience to smart folks obsessed with metal/punk/art imaginings by fringineers…. Most of us come to music when we want to get drunk and screw; Paul Lai and his cabal get out their axes when they want to drink espresso and do calculus. Takes all kinds. Fortunately.“