Best Noise Band St. Louis 2013 - The Night Grinder
The Night Grinder's aural poetry is always improvised and never ill-prepared. Brad Schumacher moves mics with a subtle hand, wielding succinct sounds. Where cables dangle down like puppet strings, connecting mics to processors, Schumacher brings the Night Grinder to life. Often working with feedback, he builds powered drone through exploring a room's space. The stage's floor and walls are vital to audio experimentation, and Schumacher is an expert navigator. A recent showing had malleable beats behind discernible bass notes, lending a '70s Kraut-rock-inspired bend. Early works offered careful audio captures of broken glass and crushed miscellany, a striking contrast to digitized fare. Schumacher combines academic and punk approaches, crafting distinct noise that could only be known as the Night Grinder.