From the San Jose Mercury News:
Parkins and Mori, friends for the past two decades from Lower Manhattan’s avant-garde music scene, began working together as Phantom Orchard a few years ago. They initially focused on instrumental music, but their 2008 sophomore album, “Orra,” featured two guest vocalists.
So teaming with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth for this project was a logical next step. When Parkins and Mori checked in on the phone on Friday, they already had arrived at Montalvo and were working out the basic settings for the music, building on some general ideas they had discussed back home. Gordon was scheduled to arrive earlier this week to add her lyrics, as well as her guitar.
“It’s sort of a natural extension of a direction we’ve been going in,” Parkins says. “Vocals have been slowly filtering into our music.”
The last pieces of the puzzle will be Yoshimi P-We, the drummer for the Japanese noise-rock band the Boredoms, and Trevor Dunn, the bassist for ’90s Northern California cult favorites Mr. Bungle. Yoshimi also plays with Gordon in Free Kitten, and Dunn has frequently crossed paths with the others since moving to New York in 2000, while playing with the likes of John Zorn.