Afterlife DNA Finger-Painting
2007 release. "Points of Friction formed in January of 1981, shortly after witnessing Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band perform live. Joseph Hammer, Damian Bisciglia, Tim Alexander, and Kenny Ryman were the core quartet though sometimes LAFMS (Los Angeles Free Music Society) founder Rick Potts would sit in, among others. Their first recording was a spontaneous affair. The group having no formal musical training (or even knowledge of 'freely improvised music') relied on their voices and whatever else was at hand -- wire mesh, sheet plastic, an old guitar, etc. Gradually, the group acquired electric instruments, toy keyboards, multi-track tape recorders, pedal effects, etc. and moved towards a more processed sound direction, informed by groups such as Faust, Cluster, Nurse with Wound, Dome, This Heat, Can, AMM, Fripp and Eno, and Negativland. By 1984, Points of Friction had two cassette releases under their belts on LAFMS offshoot label Solid Eye. Their 2nd release Sackcloth and Ashes was re-issued in 2002 on CD by Anomalous Records, and the group's first recording 1982 was re-issued on CD-R in 2004 by the L.A. based Spagyric label. After a 20 year hiatus, Points of Friction reformed in June 2004 and recruited L.A. native Mitchell Brown to the goon squad. Afterlife DNA Finger-Painting, their 3rd official release, is the result of this reunion. They have since recorded more material and have returned to occasionally performing live."