THE EMPTY SET
Brit-styled Pop Rock
1985 - 1992
Influences: Beatles, Kinks, Robin Hitchcock, XTC, and Syd Barrett
(Playful surrealism and introspective lovelorn melancholy)
Laurence Miller: 12-string acoustic, electric guitar, and vocals
[additional keyboards and bass in studio recording sessions]
Ron Devore: Bass, & vocals
Bill Frank: Drums & vocals
Ben Miller: Alto Saxophone
David Dimes: Bb Clarient
Joe Robinson: Bagpipes
Steve (from Rain Parade): Keyboards
(And other studio keyboard and guitar players)
THE EMPTY SET was born in 1985, out of the ashes of Ann Arbor's NONFICTION. Based in LA, The Empty Set chose to focus primarily on recording, with only limited showcase performances. The band released 2 vinyl recordings: WANDERING IN WONDER and LOST IN THE RYPTIDE.
What started out as a creative adventure in playful songwriting and
performance, eventually turned into yet another generic R&R band. Though initially chief songwriter, Laurence was drifting apart from the band by 1989, and in 1992 internal politics took him out all
together. The Empty Set continued on without Laurence, playing classic
Detroit rock, and have since released several CD's on various labels. The band is now defunct.
WONDERING IN WONDER 33 rpm 7" EP (LaLa)
"...takes the pop conceits of the 1960's and skews them with influences from Television, R.E.M., and other catchy yet dramatic departures from the rock norm..."
The Ann Arbor News / October 1987
LOST IN A RYPTIDE 33 rpm 12" LP (LaLa)
"...a ten song work of art..."
The Detroit Metro Times / November 1988
The Empty Set - Lost in the Ryptide (1988, Lala)
"...There's probably not much I can tell you about this long defunct Michigan trio that hasn't been extolled upon on their archival website. The Empty Set's left-of-the-dial pop/rock was competent and occasionally ironic, but with the exception of Lost in the Ryptide's most stimulating offerings like "Ryptide Zone" and "Sing Song Babble On," they were a bit non-descript. Though their cover of the Comsat Angel's icy and enthralling 1980 single "Independence Day" hardly outdoes the original, it's inclusion here is a greatly appreciated gesture. Even the briefest listen to my rip of this album will reveal a copious amount of vinyl noise, that at times is damn near interrupting. It appears that Empty Set front-man Laurence Bond has a few remaining copies of Lost in a Ryptide he's hawking through the band's site, so if you enjoy what you hear, consider patronizing him for what might very well be an improved listening experience..."
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
PAINT PENCIL PEN
Miller's songs from the 1988 LP Lost In A Ryptide,
along with previously unreleased track MANILA MOON.
(c) 2002 FarFetched Records
Contact Laurence Bond Miller
EMPTY SET Manila Moon.mp3
EMPTY SET Sing Song Babble On.mp3
EMPTY SET Ryptide Zone.mp3
EMPTY SET Someday.mp3
LOST IN THE RYPTIDE
( Out-of-Print only 20 records left )
10-song 33rpm Vinyl LP (c) 1988 LaLa Records
WANDERING IN WONDER
( Sold Out! )
4-song 33rpm Vinyl EP
(c) 1986 LaLa Records