this compilation consist of tracks from the first 12 bonus beast releases with the exception of the track ‘diskofury’ which was released on the compilation Praisin’ & Hell Raisin’: A Benefit for L C M Collective, 2012 as well as a few live recordings from the time period either in Oakland or San Francisco. most tracks were recorded in oakland, ca from 2007 to 2012 with the exception of ‘ghettoblasta’ and ‘jeremy’s lament’ which were recorded in 2002 in nashville, tn but appeared on BONUS BEAST #1 [High Density Headache Records, 2008].
SIDE E AND BEYOND was released as a very limited edition cassette on Placenta Recordings in 2015
Cassette release spanning recordings released over the past five years, side e and beyond reassembles a multi-layed heep of tape and redirects your attention to no particular space or time.
Started primarily as a limited edition cassette titled bonus beast #1 to trade while on tour with Big Nurse in 2008, the beast slowly took hold and has evolved into its own sort of demented mess of deconstructed pop. Several releases,as well as live performances, appeared here and there over the next few years in small run editions.
This release is a collection of the finer moments of the bonus beast catalogue. Reassembled in a means to deconstruct linear arrangement to arrive at a piece completely devoid of space and time, side e and beyond conceptualizes the transformation of movement into a multi-dimensional reality.
___________________________________________________________________________________________________ REVIEW OF BONUS BEAST #1 (2008)
"Turns out this is one of the guys (or more) who was in Big Nurse which i guess is now broke up, i saw them play a pretty good set here in western mass at mystery train records. This tape shares sentiments with the now defunct BN but takes a different route. Definitely a home-recorded affair, awkward mixing choices, overdriven signals, lost moments, zero engineering and tape hiss are all worn proudly on the sleeve, and i think to their benefit. While it does have a feel to it that it's thrown together at parts it still reveals awesome moments of guitar damage and wiggly drums all woven together, though not without the corresponding moments of clean guitar wires woven through clattering drums. It definitely feels like these guys know how to play underneath the mush and smoosh of their blownout recordings, it's nice they leave it as a suggestion and don't focus too much on showmanship. The second side has a slight detour into sliding, glazed fields of slowed down tapes, loops and a really nice patterned keyboard that repeats until heading back into the guitar/drum duo where more of their skill sets are revealed definitely suggesting some sort of guitar scales and jazz inflections underneath a wall of spaced out jitters and noisy critters." cassettegods, 2008