— Dan on February 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Theoretical Girls
Theoretical Record

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Over the last few years a great deal of attention has been paid to the NYC No Wave scene of the late 70s. There have been books, movies, and quite a few reissues/issues of classic and essential music. Acute Records is proud to have been involved with some essential reissues from the period, such as our first CD, containing Jeffrey Lohn’s contributions to the Theoretical Girls.

Jeffrey Lohn is an artist, composer, writer, teacher and plumber. During the genesis of the No Wave scene, he hosted late night concerts in his Soho loft, where artists like Tim Wright, Laurie Anderson and Nina Canal would gather and perform music. The No Wave scene was filled with artists, non-musicians, improvisers and composers who were being inspired by the energy and aesthetics, if not the sound, of the cresting CB’s punk scene. The raw and aggressive punk of bands like the Dead Boys were of particular interest to Lohn, who wanted to combine his “serious” compositions with the raw energy of punk rock. Finding likeminded people such as Glenn Branca (gtr, bass, vocals), Margaret Dewyss (organ, bass, vocals), and Wharton Tiers (drums, vocals), he formed the Theoretical Girls.

At the time there, were no bands on the New York City scene that better combined the accessibility of Punk, New Wave and plain old Rock and Roll with such avant-garde takes on classical composition and sheer noise. This combination made the Theoretical Girls both a cutting edge assault of noise-rock and an incredibly catchy rock band. Yet external pressures and internal politics thwarted the official public release of their music during their existence, other then a sole self-release 7″ the classic US Millie/You Got Me, featuring one song each composed by Lohn and Branca.

Acute’s release of Theoretical record collects over an hour of Jeffrey Lohn’s material. Now, for the first time in decades, his songs and sound will get the credit they are due.

Theoretical Girls-Lovin in the Red

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  1. Good to find this page. I knew Jeff Lohn when he was in San Diego in the mid-70s. He rented a big old Catholic church near the beach, turned it into a conceptual art studio and evenings were gatherings of jazz musicians from San Diego and LA – an extension of the NY loft on the west coast. His piano was mind-blowing; my mother had a beautiful old upright grand in the garage; he’d stop in there and make amazing sound come out of the garage; one minute classical, then blues, jazz, anything. “This is the masking tape technique used by many 20th century artists” by Jeff Lohn. I’ll never forget that piece.

    Comment by kim mccoy moons — February 11, 2013 @ 1:43 am

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