Monday, June 4, 2007

Sproton Layer-With Magnetic Fields Disrupted... ,CD,1992(1970),USA



This was Roger's first original band, from 1969 to 1970. Roger played bass, sang, and wrote most of the music; Ben Miller played searing psychedelic guitar and sang, eventually contributing compositions; Larry Miller played drums in a highly unorthodox non-backbeat fashion; and Harold Kirchen (brother of Commander Cody guitarist, Bill Kirchen) played trumpet . Very "post-psychedelic", with a strong Syd Barret-era Pink Floyd and early Soft Machine feel. All members were in High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. With Magnetic Fields Disrupted was described as described as "Syd Barrett fronting Cream" in "Our Band Could be Your Life", a book by Michael Azzerad, 2001.
Sproton Layer found local success, but earned wider attention when its personnel went on to greater success with other musical groups: Laurence and Benjamin were both members of Destroy All Monsters, and Roger had numerous musical projects, notably art-punk group Mission of Burma and instrumental group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.
note: link removed a remastered reissue of this is now available from World In Sound.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for Sproton Layer, I love it - what a score! Anyone interested in the underground intersection of early prog and heavy post-psych should check this out immediately. Rock on mutantsounds!

ducklingmonster said...

thank you for this one! love it

Anonymous said...

bought this one some years back. it's quite good, recommended...

Anonymous said...

Bravo!

Laurence Bond Miller said...

SPROTON LAYER is scheduled for debut reunion performances in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan in mid June 2013! Band members are in shock. I should know. I'm the drummer...