VIDEO PREMIERE: BROKEN LAMPS “RED LIGHT DRIVE”
Eric Bowr’s Broken Lamps make soundtracks for movies that never existed and L.A.’s Rendezvous screens movies most people don’t know ever existed—so you can see why putting these two things in the same dimly lit room makes for one of the best Friday the 13th outings out there.
Broken Lamps’ discography is a reverant and far-ranging appreciation of classic 1960s/70s library music, where top-flight composers teamed with top-notch studio orchestras to cut the kind of performance-enhancing instrumentals that made continental cinema so permanently hip. Disco, funk, pop, soul and even cheerfully delirious experimentation—it was all there on anonymous-looking LPs sourced for soundtracks for everything from spy thrillers to sci-fi to chic drama and beyond, and that kind of anything-can-happen attitude is all over Lamps’ brand new Metropolis album, slated for a listening party at this Friday’s Rendezvous.
“Red Light Drive” is pop with presence, power and a specific sense of swagger that goes right back to the composers at Rome’s Cinecitta studios during the 60s—particularly Riz Ortolani and Piero Piccioni, whose soundtracks were so intensely developed they practically came with plots and characters of their own. And with footage cut from Tinto Brass’ Col Cuore in Gola, that’s what Lamps’ “Red Light Drive” is too: a super-concentration of everything that makes this stuff so good. Says Bowr:
“Metropolis as an album covers a lot ground, but I feel like this track sums it up in a nutshell. As a purist, I always appreciate when art is achieved as organically as possible. ‘Red Light Drive’ wrote itself before my fingers ever touched the keys. It has remained a favorite of mine since the album’s conception.”
Metropolis is out Friday on Electric Nerve Music, and Light In The Attic have it up for pre-order here. But Broken Lamps and Hemet’s Two Headed Dog distro have a luxurious limited edition of their own with a 12-page booklet and opulent production all round—get that from Two Headed Dog or direct from Broken Lamps, but be aware that there’s only 80 copies coming.
While Bowr won’t be there in person, he’ll more than make up for it in spirit Friday when Rendezvous smashes a Metropolis listening party together with a showing of Norbert Moutier’s obscuro gorefest Ogroff: Mad Mutilator—arguably one of the greatest French lumberjack slasher films—and a guest DJ set by longtime metal/doom destroyer Scott Carlson, delivering the final climactic lightning strike on this already ominous Friday the 13th. Flyer with truly faithful illo of Ogroff himself below!