Tribes of Neurot

A meridian is defined as the highest point, as of development or power within a given body. Suffice to say the latest album of entrancing, beyond-damaged psych-drone by Tribes of Neurot is aptly titled. The experimental soundscape sibling outfit to Neurosis taps into a new era of innovative psychedelia with propulsive, throbbing and looping drones as it forays ever further into territories uncharted and unfettered by the multiple genres the band encompasses.

Whereas many of Tribes of Neurot’s previous projects have been based upon specific thematic concepts and experiments, Meridian is a return to the group’s ambient/noise origins that escapes the boundaries of such pre-determined rules. The 10-track, 42-minute album creates a swirling miasma reminiscent of such diverse sound manipulators as Skullflower, Black Dice, Flying Saucer Attack and Labradford.

Its tones lope from the sub-harmonic hum and chiming, gamelan-type sounds of album opener “Displaced” to the wildly phasing tremolo and fried-amplifier sizzle of “Searing.” At times, its sounds become downright nightmarish, as in the heavily-distorted sounds of waves that explode like strafing bombs on “Sub Aqua.” Other times, tracks like “Wave Upon Wave” touch upon a strange meeting place between Wendy Carlos’ neo-futurist analog synths and the electronic terrorism of Whitehouse. Throughout, Meridian is like a hallucinogenic trip that synergizes the noises from within our bodies with the peaking, cascading waves of the world that surrounds us.

The group has been responsible for several innovative and inspired projects that incorporate not just the impressive multimedia onslaught of Neurosis and Tribes of Neurot, but installations and “private performances” (wherein the listener is instrumental in re-creating and reshaping the nature of the group’s sound) that experiment with the philosophy and semiotics of how we interpret audio. Tribes of Neurot’s 1999 album Grace was released as a companion piece to the Neurosis album Times of Grace, and was designed for listeners to play the two albums at the same time, but not necessarily in-sync. The results were like a far better realized version of the Flaming Lips’ 4-disc Zaireeka effort. The double disc Adaptation and Survival: The Insect Project (2002) arrived as a furthermore clever experiment that harnessed the group’s esoteric thinking with a concept crossing John Cage’s musical explorations with Stan Brakhage’s bug-smashing film work. The group's members compiled insect noises, then distorting, synthesizing, and manipulating the recordings into freakish, buzzing noisescapes devoid of humans-playing-instruments. The result is a bizarre illustration of actual living things as instruments – from which listeners could also re-mix and simultaneously play tracks and subsequently revise the project altogether. Tribes of Neurot’s A Resonant Sun project (available on the Neurosis DVD A Sun That Never Sets) is an innovative experiment modeled after an Alvin Lucier piece, in which the sounds of a recording are played in a room and subsequently re-recorded several times to distill the sound to it’s finest harmonic resonance. Tribes recorded the Neurosis album A Sun That Never Sets being played on a stereo in a room, then re-played and re-recorded each subsequent repetition to stunning results that can be heard in progress track by track.

For Meridian, Tribes of Neurot takes that sonic reinterpretation of music and audience and elevates it to its highest point – similar to the way that meridians are mapped out to subdivide the latitude and longitude of the earth as well as locate nerve center pathways of the human body. The sounds borne of natural environments – both micro and macroscopic -- are mutated by chance, by design and by our own creations run amok. Does all that sound heady and complex? Certainly.

Does it also sound much more compelling and interesting than simply slapping the latest hipster rock combo’s disc in the stereo? …We thought so too.


Visit the Neurot Recordings BuyCd for Tribes of Neurot CDs, and merchandise from other Neurot Recordings artists.


CDSilver Blood Transmission (1995 Release Entertainment)

CDStatic Migration, w/ Walking Time Bombs (1998 Release Entertainment)

CDGrace, NR005 (1999 Neurot Recordings) - out of print
CD60° CD, NR009 (2000 Neurot Recordings)

CDAdaptation and Survival: The Insect Project - 2 x CD (2002, Neurot Recordings) NR014

CDMeridian CD, NR040 (2005 Neurot Recordings)

CDNeurosis Times of Grace & Tribes of Neurot Grace 2x CD, NR063, (2009 Neurot Recordings) UK Reissue BuyCd


Tribes of Neurot EPs & Other
(out of print)

• Rebegin 2x7" (1995 Alleysweeper Records)

• Rebegin CDEP CD Reissue contains Bonus Track (1997, Alleysweeper / Invisible Records)

• God of the Center 10" EP (1997 Conspiracy Records)

• Untitled 12" with etching on side B by Markus Wolff (1997, Abuse Records)

• A Resonant Sun, sound experiment created from Neurosis "A Sun That Never Sets" CD - available only on DVD release of A Sun That Never Sets (2002 Relapse Records)

• Cairn, 4 x CD LTD. Edition of 400, NRLtd 001 (2002, Neurot Recordings)

• Split 7" with Earth (2007 Neurot Recordings)


(out of print)

1999 Series contained unreleased studio recordings from 1996-1999 packaged in hand stamped CD sleeves, with hand silksreened posters.
• Spring Equinox 1999 CDEP (1999 Neurot Recordings)
• Summer Solstice 1999 CDEP (1999 Neurot Recordings)
• Autumn Equinox 1999 CDEP (1999 Neurot Recordings)
• Winter Solstice 1999 CDEP (1999 Neurot Recordings)

2000 Series contained the periodic results of the Tape Decay experimental sound piece packaged in hand stamped CD sleeves, with hand silksreened posters.
• Spring Equinox 2000 CDEP (2000 Neurot Recordings)
• Summer Solstice 2000 CDEP (2000 Neurot Recordings)
• Autumn Equinox 2000 CDEP (2000 Neurot Recordings)
• Winter Solstice 2000 CDEP (2000 Neurot Recordings)

2000 Series contained unreleased recordings and performances from the year 2000. packaged in hand silk screened sleeves with custom die cut of the moon phases. Also included full color printed booklet with hand assembled, silkscreened cover adorned with custom pewter coin on cover.
• Spring Equinox 2001 CDEP (2001 Neurot Recordings)
• Summer Solstice 2001 CDEP (2001 Neurot Recordings)
• Autumn Equinox 2001 CDEP (2001 Neurot Recordings)
• Winter Solstice 2001 CDEP (2001 Neurot Recordings)


Downloadable BIO (.pdf) - Nov 2005

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RE002      RE003

NR005      NR009

NR014      NR040




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MP3: Grace - Belief
MP3: 60° -  Trial
MP3: Adaptation and Survival -  Excerpt (Disc2)
MP3: Meridian - Duality

MP3: Tribes of Neurot on KQED Radio