photo by Keith Klenowski
Kevin Schmidt bass
Mike Montgomery guitar
Rick McCarty drums
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||You Will Be Buried Here
||Your Tongue or Your Life
Listen to The Choir
"The eight instrumentals that make up Ampline's debut disc The Choir have more in
common with Mission Of Burma than the standard amorphous post-rock. The Cincinnati group plays
passages of complex, chiming beauty, but most of its songs begin and end in a compressed rush
so intense that it's easy to forget the lack of vocals..."
- The Onion
The fifth release from Ampline in twice as many years marks a stark departure from their solely instrumental beginnings. Having initially enjoyed certain liberties in regards to song structure by not having to worry about framing music around traditional verses and choruses, the band eventually began to use the subtle presence of vocal snippets to help steer listeners' thoughts. On You Will Be Buried Here, that 'subtle' approach has been thrown out the window. They are not shy about tacking the 'concept album' tag on this one.
Seventeen tracks culled from two and a half years of writing and touring explore the interrelation of man, nature, industry and theology. From mine collapses to the labor movement, from Dos Passos to Tesla, the songs weave a narrative of death, decay, invention and 'progress,' metering the growing gulf between corporal and spiritual.
The band tracked the core of the album live at Candyland, their studio/practice space in Cincinnati, OH throughout 2009. They recorded, mixed and mastered it themselves with Montgomery at the helm. Cameron Cochran (the Sheds, Lions Rampant, Pop Empire) worked the tape machine on a few late nights, also lending his voice and keys to a handful of tracks.
Artist Derek Toebbe painted the cover while Jerry Dirr (Phratry Records/ Knife the Symphony) handled the layout, printing and production. Jason Ward cut the plates for vinyl at Chicago Mastering.
This release is available on CD and Vinyl from Phratry Records and Tiberius Records.