Church of Mandrax

by Medroxy Progesterone Acetate

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Originally released on Sentient Recognition Archives (SRA018). The title Church of Mandrax combines the John Cale/Terry Riley album with a brand name for methaquaalone, and that's probably a good place to start, but even better is if you've ever heard Jerry Goldsmith's score for The Illustrated Man, that's what I wanted Church of Mandrax to sound like. I was going for that sullen psychedelic early '70s bummer sound, like taking too much cold medicine and staying up late watching Night Gallery, only a lot more low-rent and congested and using any piece of equipment I could get my grubby hands on. The songs are all pretty short and wrap around staggered nowhere Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer and AX80 riffs blanketed beneath sewer recordings, daisy-chained dictaphones, blown amps and rewired intercom systems. The album is an introduction of the mythical Midwestern witch Vons Serin, the central character of the upcoming Theater of Diminished Faculties series of stories, albums and radio plays. Better performers I shamelessly ripped off include Lionel Marchetti, Steel Pole Bathtub, Maggi Payne, Loop, The Ballroom/Millennium/Sagatarius, East Bionic Symphonia and Luciano Berio, among countless others. MPA has released albums on MYMWLY, Black Horizons, DumpsterScore, Sloow Tapes, Small Doses and Ruralfaune, and has opened shows for Demons, John Wiese and Deathroes as well as performing as a guest member of Number None. Play at any volume you like.This album marks the tenth year MPA has played totally fake sunshine noise in basements and abandoned barns around the midwest, and I thank you all for your continued indulgence.

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released September 9, 2009

Voices: Deborah Siegel
Artwork: April Larson, MPA
Other Junk: Darren Bauler

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Darren Bauler Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Drones built and prepared by hand, the old-fashioned way, delivered directly to your head. Formerly known as Midwest Death Cult (until I left the midwest), Delexnos hosts the albums of Medroxy Progesterone Acetate and related bands.

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