But as musician's fate would have it, the long stretch of Interstate 55 that divided Darin and Glenn seemed too far to justify a monogamous band relationship. In late 2000, Glenn was invited to help breath new life into Wilco, and Darin unveiled his secret affair, the electricity-bleeding Grand Ulena. Before either of these two new commitments fully consumed our two heroes, On Fillmore recorded their second record for the Quakebasket label in early 2001. This time around, however, the band's approach was much different. On Fillmore had completely replaced their previous improvisations with highly disciplined song structure.
With Glenn adding vibes to his percussion arsenal, and Darin finally fully unleashing his "Sun Ra vs. the Melvins" roots, On Fillmore created a solar humming that reflected a new breed of elastic minimalism. In the Summer of 2004, On Fillmore headed out for their first tour, in support of their new record, Sleeps with Fishes. Culled from over a hundred hours (perhaps years?) of collective intimacy as well as distance, On Fillmore's third record relies only on the string and tuned metal combination, while layering beds of field recordings from the Chicago and Mississippi rivers, resulting in a pixellated paean to lullabies, location, and liberation. Sleeps with Fishes alchemizes the brotherhood of Thelonious Monk's "Ugly Beauty" with the gurgling reduction of contemporary compositional musics at 16 RPM.
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