THE TWO HEADED EMPEROR
Peter Ashby and Barry Lamb first recorded together in 1976 as teenagers. They became part of a vibrant and immediate cassette culture movement releasing their own diy tapes initially under the name of Frenzid Melon. Their unique brand of edgy, punk influenced art rock has proved popular with cassette culture collectors all around the globe.
Ashby had a brief excursion into the 4ad recorded Spasmodic Caress whilst Lamb focused on his own brand of experimental music using rudimentary tape loops and sound manipulation. They came together again in the early to mid 80's forming the insane picnic who touched the outer echelons of the indie chart and grabbed the attention of John Peel.
Further collaborations and projects have taken place through the subsequent decades in working together on each others solo recordings, an obscure private pressing album under the name Ermin Grud, working on ad hoc projects including collaborations with Keith Levene (ex-PiL), Jasun Martz (Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson), Wavis O'Shave, Tor Cesay aka Isatta Sheriff (Mongrel, Flying Lotus, Lizzie Ball) and countless others.
The Two Headed Emperor is the culmination of 40+ years of collaboration. It is a new long term project that is beginning to project itself beyond it's small but loyal fanbase
Review by Tim Jones
The Two Headed Emperor
"The Happy Medium And A Depressed Conjurer".
A contemporary classic, The Happy Medium & A Depressed Conjurer by English Progressive Rockers The Two Headed Emperor is truly something to behold. Wearing their influences on their sleeve and weaving their way into our psyche, The Two Headed Emperor makes me think of bands creating music that truly meant something in decades gone by. To name but a few, this album reminded me at times of Genesis, Peter Hammill & Van der Graaf Generator, King Crimson, Egg, Soft Machine, The Fall, Captain Beefheart, Faust, Can, etc etc. Think of the best aspects of these bands, fused together with a New Wave edge and it will give you some idea of where The Two Headed Emperor is coming from. The implementation of new technology enhancing ideas of old is admirable and superbly executed. Lyrically excellent, most definitely contemporary and topical. Quite simply, an astonishing achievement, positively brimming over with ideas and musical concepts from Barry Lamb & Peter Ashby. Falling A Records is the label to look out for right now, promoting music in a contemporary setting, connected to the best of our rock music heritage.