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Frankenskippy – Unplugged
Looking for fast-fun during his wee teen years, Lars found appeal via DIY sub-cultural outlets such as skateboarding the local streets, home-made ramps and half-pipes with a background noise of the time being early sludge metal and punk rock ‘hummmmm ahhh grrr huh’ that became a break neck beat as he turned his focus from skating to fronting a Hardcore Punker band back in the early 80’s spawning several noisy anarchic assaults to the visceral senses.
A few decades later (in a more placated and tamed by age ID) Lars decided it was time to dust off some old un-recorded tunes via acoustic/unplugged raw appeal …
Further to the live music and music scene, Lars has been involved with Performance Art and Multi-Media groups.
Scratch My Nose
Lars has enjoyed key involvement with multi-media group Scratch My Nose, alongside group partner Tim and other collaborators; Challenging complacency in the Arts.
Both Lars and Tim were involved with the underground/alternative live music circuit as well as other artistic pursuits. Musically and indeed performance wise they both enjoyed flying in the face of the norm of the time. Lars played in hardcore punk band Public Nuisance in the early to mid 1980’s and Tim in Driptray. Both feeling an ‘itch’ to challenge what they saw as complacency in the arts (and complacent mindsets in general), the performance aspect of live gigs merged with their film (scratch videnose) and street art interests until the itch became insatiable as Scratch My Nose.
Scratch here! … for Scratch My Nose Web Site.
Scratch My Nose (hereafter known as SMN) is a multi-media group who have created and directed over 30 major projects in many different disciplines incorporating film, performance, graffiti campaigns, street art, radio and sound. SMN’s unique and innovative approach always seeks new creative platforms to question and challenge common perceptions by confronting and humouring its audience. Over the last 25 years SMN has defied conventional approaches to art making in endlessly inventive ways. While their signature style falls against the grain of their contemporaries, their ‘jump-cut slash-together’ aesthetic is unique and immediately recognisable.
“Wild. Unlike anything I have heard really” – Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
“Great examples of quality, freeform, creative and adventurous art … Ritalin inspired, constantly chattering and clinically insane.” – Brian Turner, WFMU New Jersey. USA. Music / Program Director.
Their work has been shown in Sydney and Melbourne Australia, Beirut Lebanon, Santiago de Chile, New Jersey USA and London UK. Members of SMN now live in Sydney Australia, Santiago de Chile and London UK.
Videnose – portfolio of some SMN film and video production
Black & White
Salt & Pepper
Now I’m sure your noses are now itching and ready for some performance clips – see below …
Performance – Videos of SMN performance
Whippy – Artery
Whippy – Anarchy in ‘Peak Hour’ Sydney!
Performance – Nickelodeon Box ‘Visceral Food & Sound Orgy’ …
Palace Hotel – Performance; Anarchic Sonic Attack …
Posing as the supporting ‘road-crew’ setting up for the main act, SMN turned the ‘test 1-2’s’ into complete chaos with sonic assault and most comically, charging into the audience to gaffer tape the unsuspecting bar attendees to the bar and gathered groups to their respective chairs and tables.
Frankenskippy Mockumentary Presentation & Stage Show
Lars acting as AKA Dr Frankenskippy presented his works and fine VFX Elixirs for several Film & Animation events.
Below are some piccies from a convention in Germany.
… and now moving brusquely onwards or rather backwards with a touch of sidewards!
“1234 we don’t want your f***ing war!” / (Crass … one of the many fav’s of the following act)
Back in the early 80’s Lars and a gang of local skaters found the initial exhilaration of shaking the neighbourhood with the crash ‘n’ skid backyard mayhem of ramp riding transitioned rather seamlessly into the chaotic stripped down raw and dirty DIY approach of the Hardcore Punk scene and so hence finding any means of amplification with the perk of dialling up the volume to 11 would suffice and plugging in the rusty old mike into the lead guitar ‘B Channel’ was assumed the obvious solution when the dodgy auction bought 8-track proved only to have one or so functioning channels.
Public Nuisance (the only lasting name from a long list which stuck like mud to the proverbial wall) kicked off circa 1981 and short circuited 1985; freaking out local house parties and banned in style from pretty much every venue we played.
No one was stupid or sober enough to catch us on super 8 or other video means, although the odd piccy and demo’ tape (yes, we’re talking vintage dusty ol’ cassettes) along with dirty recordings of gigs exist, so will upload soon.
I-2-3-4 The worlds gonna blow in 84! (and then it didn’t as Mr Orwell had preached and we had to get real jobs 😉
Note; More to come on this early Punker scene soon and other equally silly posts!