Sometimes dancable, sometimes more contemplative, always hard but not always heavy. At times it becomes more like Industrial Rock or even Industrial Rap such as has recently been made more recognizable by artists like SMP but without the newness of sound as these are older recordings which display the full range of the Industrial sound from this time. KBD is featured on the new Cybortronik Records Sampler 1990-2010 and a new multi disc cd set with old tracks remastered and new tracks from the 90s to 2010. KBD reflects the more sinister and dark side of the genre but never even borders on Darkwave and remains true to it’s Industrial roots. It’s interesting to hear how the sound becomes cleaner and more technologically sound as time went by. The Ohio KBD is an improvisational cooperative of conceptual sound artists from Toledo, Ohio founded in 2006. The group features Gabe Beam on electronics and guitar, and Michael Kimaid on drums, percussion, and electronics.
The group performs as a duo or as a trio with variable collaborators Ryan Dohm on trumpet and electronics, and Colin Helb on prepared strings and electronics. Anton Jessberger engineers much of the cooperative's recording, and occasionally performs with its members. The group's home base is the Robinwood Concert House in the historic Old West End section of Toledo--Gabe's home at which he hosts performances several times a year. Since its inception, KBD has recorded hundreds of hours of sound performances. Their first full length recording, [four plus one], was released in 2008 on the Eh? music label.
That same year, the cooperative released a second full length called "Two Face," available at their shows and as a free Internet download. In addition to these, KBD has released an array of 3" discs from various live performances, which they make available when they perform. A full length CD-R was released as Eh?54 in September as KBD(uo) - Any Port In A Storm. As well as recording, KBD keeps an active travel schedule, with an expanding touring itinerary and increasing range. In 2008, they performed at the Sonic Circuits Experimental Music Festival in Washington, D.C., and have shared bills with a raft of experimental, noise and free jazz performers.
In 2009, KBD performed at both the Ohio State University Urban Arts Center and the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. In addition to these institutional performances, the cooperative embarked on two tours of the Midwest and California, performing in basements, anarchist collectives, public houses and art galleries on both sides of the Continental Divide. 2010 promises to be an expansive year for KBD provided the Mayan long count doesn't unravel the time-space continuum and destroy us all. Read more on Last.fm.
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