EMPOOL

Experimental Music
(1976 - 1978 / Rebirth 2018 )


"EMPOOL is a dissonant frenetic wash of guitar-sound w/electronic effects accompanied by original soundtracks. Identical twin brothers explore an interactive art-psych improvisation bordering pure chaos as it builds and fades in and out of itself with little regard for common tonality and rhythm. Found sound, word salad poetry, and video projection rounds out their cerebral approach to music making."

EMPOOL was originally an existential, dada-psychedelic noise band from the mid-70’s. We used prerecorded analogue tapes via a 1/4" reei to reel tape machine as soundtracks to accompany free-form improvisation. Though there were a couple ‘songs’ written, most of the material was instrumental, conceptual, absent of tonal center or conventional rhythmic meter. The band was short lived, lasting from fall 1976 to spring 1977 when its members merged with Cary Loren and Niagara’s art-rock band, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. Shortly thereafter, Ron Asheton of The Stooges and Michael Davis of the MC5 were introduced into the mix and the rest is history. Empool kicked about from time to time into the early part of 1978, with one last blast studio reunion project in 1994.

Now, 40 years since it's original inception, with the support of Feeding Tube Records and their LP release of old recordings of the band, Laurence & Benjamin Miller have resurrected the essential elements and digitized soundtracks, recreating the original sound of the group as well as fresh new material.


Laurence Miller: Standard Guitar, Uniquely High-Strung Guitar, Electric Wholetone 4-stringed Mandolin, Bb Clarinet, Vocals, Electronics, Watercolor Video Projection, and Prerecorded Soundscapes
Ben Miller: Baritone Guitar, 12-string Guitar (tuned individually), C Tenor Saxophone, Electronics, and Prerecorded Soundscapes


August 17th 2018 "Live" at Detroit's MOTOR CITY MUSCLE MUSIC FESTIVAL



2018 CONCERT SCHEDULE

JUNE
Friday June 1st @ Radio Interview w/Sean Westergaard
WCBN FM 88.3 Ann Arbor

Friday June 8th @ Dreamland Theater
26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti MI 48197
Debut Concert celebrating the release of their 1st LP on Feeding Tube Records
"Empool Does; Do, Did, Done"
8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
$10.00 Admission

JULY
Monday July 16th Ann Arbor Cable Television Network
4-song music video production

AUGUST
Saturday August 11th @ Book Beat
26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
9:00 pm - 9:45 pm
FREE

August 17th @ Motor City Muscle Music Festival
The Underground Stage @ Hart Plaza 
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
FREE

SEPTEMBER
Rehearsing new material...

OCTOBER
Saturday October 27th @ Entropy Studios w/Jimbo Easter & Devotional
25908 West Six Mile Redford, MI 48240
Doors @ 8:00pm / Music @ 9:00pm
$10.00 Admission

NOVEMBER
Friday November 9th 2018 @ Outer Limits Lounge w/Devotional
5507 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Friday November 30th @ Zal Gaz Grotto Club w/Porcelain Hammer
2070 W. Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
7:00pm - 10:00pm
$10.00 Admission




MERCHANDISE



EMPOOL DOES  "Do, Did, Done"
(5-song 12" LP $15.00 plus P&H)
Recorded 1977 / Released July 2018
Feeding Tube Records/Bond Voyage Music and Neoteric Music

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East Coast Feeding Tube Records Press Release - Release Date July 27th 2018   
"EMPOOL DOES do did done" Feeding Tube / Negative Glam LP


Finally, what the world has been eagerly anticipating for the last four decades -- an LP by EMPOOL!  Empool was a whacked-out, Detroit-based prog-noise combo (usually a trio or quartet), that would eventually merge into the rock-band-era Destroy All Monsters. Guitarist Laurence Miller was a constant throughout. Organist Andre Cynkin was generally on hand as well. Laurence's brothers, Ben and Roger, showed up now and then, as did pianist Rick Scott. Empool only played three live shows, but they recorded everything, and their use of pre-recorded tapes as a live sound source may have informed Roger's decision to do the same when he formed Mission of Burma. The tracks on this album were recorded between December 1976 and September 1977, and they're pretty amazing. Structurally, the stuff is far away from No Wave, but it has a lot of the same rough structural textures and jumbled sonics, although there's also crazy tape noise (some of it resembling gushing synth sequencing) and stun guitar stirred into the mix. The fact that it's mostly instrumental gives things a certain prog/experimental thrust that feels a bit parallel to the bands on the Random Radar label, but it runs wildly against the grain of anything else you'd hear in that era. With an insert containing Laurence's memories of the project, and album art guaranteed to lull prog heads into submission, Empool's DOES do did done is a magnificent head scratcher. Can be filed neatly between Sproton Layer and Destroy All Monsters.





Self-Titled
(4-song Music Video DVD/CD Package $10.00 plus P&H)
Videotaped & Recorded July 2018 / Released August 2018
FarFetched Records & Bond Voyage Music



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THE TRADITION
(2-song CD Single $5.00 plus P&H)
Recorded 1994 / Released July 2018
FarFetched Records/Bond Voyage Music

Front Cover                                                                                                 Back Cover




EMPOOL T-SHIRT
(Pictured below, our new t-shirt with logo design
$10.00 White / $15.00 Gray - plus P&H)



AUDIO SAMPLES

ROUGH REHEARSAL RECORDINGS SPRING 2018

AT GAME WITH THE LOG0.mp3

ADVANCED FORESTRY.mp3

LAYZING.mp3

TIDALS TIED L'S TITLES.mp3

WCBN Interview (6-1-18).mp3

Video Fan Response: "Brilliant. Claustrophobic and odd and charmingly ingenuous all at the same time, which is quite a trick to pull off."   Jon B.

 



EMPOOL III
The Band's Arts Rag Counterpart

(click here)


BAND HISTORY
(1976-78)

(Click Here)


Benjamin Miller blowing his brains out on his C-Tenor saxophone 
solo
for the 1994 recording of AT GAME WITH THE LOGO...


P.S.  something only just read about on the Internet while googling the word EMPOOL.

EMPOOL (The Water Treatment Works) WATER INDUSTRY ACT 1991: SECTION 19(1)(b)

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, AND RURAL AFFAIRS: is satisfied that
Wessex Water Services Ltd "the Company" is supplying water from the Empool water treatment works which may
be at risk of exceeding the standard for the prescribed concentration of nitrate. This means that the Company  is
likely to contravene its duty in respect of supplying water which meets the  Regulations under Section 68(1)(a) of
the Water Industry Act 1991and meets the  requirement set in regulation 4(2)(c) of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000.