Black Kaspar live at Cropped Out 2012.
Photo by Cory Fusting.
|Also known as||BLK-KSPR, The Black Kaspar Mobile Strike Force|
|Origin||Louisville, Kentucky, USA|
|Genres||Experimental, Krautrock, Noise Rock, Drone Doom, Freeform Jazz|
|Years active||2007 - 2018, 2019 - Present|
|Labels||Adept Recordings, Loin Seepage, Gubbey Records, Doodlehound|
|Associated acts||The Belgian Waffles!, Hoosier Pete, The Sick City Four, Suspected Terrrorists, Floyd/Willems, Kark, Tropical Trash, Alcohol Party, Sapat, Disappearo, Insect Policy|
Black Kaspar are an experimental band from Louisville, Kentucky.
Active since 2007 as a side project for Bill Zink (The Belgian Waffles!, Hoosier Pete), Black Kaspar became a project for freeform noise with elements of jazz, krautrock, noise and drone/doom. Despite a prolific output the band only performs live on sporadic occasions.
History[edit | edit source]
After the dissolution of underground jazz/noise legends The Belgian Waffles! in 2006, Bill Zink would start Black Kaspar in 2007 as a means to produce experimental music and noise. Some raw materials would be recorded but ultimately not published or fully formed for some time.
In 2011 Zink would work with the Sick City Four (Three of the members past bandmates in TBW!) and start producing more music. Black Kaspar would perform live for the first time on 16 June 2011 at Derby City Espresso in Louisville. More releases would follow along with sporadic live shows including an appearance at the 2012 edition of Cropped Out Festival. In 2014 the band would release their album Schizo-Tech on Loin Seepage along with a single 37-minute song in The Tower the next year.
After a live performance in 2015 alongside Insect Policy the band would go somewhat dormant for a time until 2016 with new drummer Jeff Komara in the fold, producing new studio material and the sound adding elements of krautrock and drone. In November 2016 it was announced that Heather and Dan would be moving to Indianapolis while the remaining members intend to keep the band going as a power trio though Dan & Heather are still members and still perform on occasion with the band. Also announced was a new album entitled Year of the Centipede on Gubbey Records in March 2017, with a release party at Kaiju alongside Insect Policy. A host of live performances as a trio (Zink, C. Willems, Komara) or as a quartet (Zink, C. Willems, Komara, Manley) have followed in the following months.
On 22 November 2017 it was announced that Black Kaspar would be taking a hiatus after their live performance in February 2018, with a host of studio recordings set to be released during the hiatus. The band's final performance to date was on 23 February 2018 at The Cure Lounge with Dirtbag, Blind Scryer and Doodlehound, with the lineup being Zink on guitar and electronics, Brian Manley on guitar, Chris Willems on guitar, Matthew Whittaker on bass and upright bass and Jeff Komara on drums.
In 2019 it would be announced that several new Black Kaspar releases would be in the works and a new live lineup had been composed, comprising of the duo of Zink and Chris Willems. On 16 April 2019 this duo lineup would release the band's third studio album entitled Line of Flight. A fourth studio album, Wage, would see release in September 2019. Another new album saw release digitally in Darkness Be My Consolation on 8 November 2019. Recorded on All Saints Day on 1 November 2019, Darkness Be My Consolation is a representation of a haunted aspect of Black Kaspar, inspired by Halloween and it's surrounding holidays.
Discography[edit | edit source]
Studio Albums[edit | edit source]
- Schizo-Tech (2014, Loin Seepage)
- Year Of The Centipede (2017, Gubbey Records)
- Line of Flight (2019, Humanhood Recordings)
- Wage (2019, Self-Released)
- Darkness Be My Consolation (2019, Self-Released)
- Old Time Religion (2020, Self-Released)
Extended Plays[edit | edit source]
- The Rocker EP (2011)
- The Null Set EP (2011)
- The Expression Machine EP (2012)
- The Death March EP (2014)
- The Tower EP (2014)
- The Hamm's EP (2020)
Misc. Releases[edit | edit source]
- Ruins (2016)
- Science Fiction (2016; Recorded 2012)
- Dark November Mixtape (2017; Recorded 2016)
- Radiate (2017)
Compilation Appearances[edit | edit source]
- "Taste The Rainbow" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 1 & 2 (Gubbey Records)
- "First Movement" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Gubbey Records)
- "Chaos Suite Movement #2" on Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 7, 8, 9 & 10, 11 (Gubbey Records)
- "Apep, Lord of Chaos" on Positively Lost: The Art of Doodlehound (2018, Doodlehound)
Members[edit | edit source]
Current Members[edit | edit source]
- Bill Zink - Guitar, Synths (2007 - 2018, 2019 - Present)
- Chris Willems - Guitar (2011 - 2018, 2019 - Present)
Past and Live-Only Members[edit | edit source]
- Matthew Whittaker - Bass, Upright Bass (Mid 2000s, 2018)
- Dan Willems - Bass, Guitar, Synths (2011 - 2016)
- Heather Floyd - Trumpet, Synths (2011 - 2016)
- Jeff Komara - Drums (2016 - 2018)
- Bart Galloway - Drums (2011 - 2014)
- Brian Manley - Live Bass (2017), Live Guitar (2018)