External Secretion began when Seymour Glass, inspired by J.D.
Salinger’s short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”,
starts publishing the legendary Bananafish Zine in 1987, which
for eighteen issues and up until 2004, constitutes a huge and
ambitious attempt of presenting underground culture in its every
form. Completely unknown experimental branchings, with a preference
for the lo-fi, collage aesthetics, Glass’s paranoid and
absurd manner of writing and the whole structuring of the noise
scene, with San Francisco as a starting point and every “tweaked”
corner of the globe as a destination, found their home in Bananafish
and their main representative in Seymour Glass. Glands of External
Secretion began as Glass wanted to testify further via weird monuments
of experimental and far-out studio improv, using a surreal collage
of songs, sounds, Barbara Manning’s vocals, voice samples,
loops, out-of-context rhythms, field recordings, electronics,
cut-up manipulated noises and anything else which is not considered
music. The result is a twisted riot of sound bordering on audacity
which the term “extremely psychedelic” fails to completely
like a Doolittle-ish pushmi-pullyu, Glands of External Secretion
tend to arrive at their destinations sideways, which are usually
tandem mash-ups of songcraft and sound manipulation. How lop-sided
the results are depends on whether the navigation is dominated
by singer-songwriter Barbara Manning’s “grace-given
melodies,” to quote Angela Sawyer, or by former editor of
Bananafish S. Glass, “a lifetime swimmer in the deep end
of The Other.”
completing a handful of duo shows in the American Midwest, the
fierce blonde goes back to the real world while the chinz-y gonk
befouls the UK of GB and NI for a solo edition of the group at
Colour Out Of Space. Expect musique concrète, electronics,
sound processing, voice, and video.'
They have collaborated and/or shared releases
with Michael Morley (The Dead C, Gate), Margaret Murray (U.S.
Saucer, Three Doctors Band), Nels Cline (Wilco, Scarnella, L.
Stinkbug), The Double U, My Cat Is An Alien, Peter Kolovos, and
Prick Decay / Decaer Pinga. Their releases can be heard via Coherent
States (Greece), Ultra Eczema (Belgium), I Dischi Del Barone (Sweden),
Opax (Italy), Dinzu Artefacts (U.S.), Inyrdisk (Canada), Independent
Woman (New Zealand), VHF (U.S.), Starlight Furtniture Co. (U.S.),
and Butte County Free Music Society (U.S.).