Saturday, June 18, 2022

Wendy-O-Matik On Her Spoken Word on "A Darker Shade of Grey"

 At the end of  The Grimple / Logical Nonsense split “ A Darker Shade of  Grey” There’s a spoken word piece by Wendy-O-Matik with sound collage by Noah Landis. Wendy-O-Matik was well known for her spoken word performances at Gilman Street and punk shows throughout the Bay Area, and also the vocalist of Gag Order,  a Bay Area band with Raina from the original line up of Grimple, Noah and Keith from 23 More Minutes. We Asked her about her spoken word and how she was invited to appear on the record. 

Prank:  How did you start doing spoken word? What inspired you to start doing it?

Wendy-O-Matik: In the late-80s, while I was listening to my local radio station KPFA 94.1, Lydia Lunch’s spoken word was played. I was mesmerized and captivated by her words, rage, and passion. I hadn’t really heard much spoken word by women up to that point, and it was mostly by men. Lydia’s spoken word ignited and inspired me to find my own voice and to take my writing more seriously, and that’s how I initially found my courage to do spoken word. I found open mic nights where they had spoken word sign-up lists and I started showing up. I also had strong support and encouragement from my partner and my friends, as well as other bands in the punk scene to keep doing spoken word. Gilman Street was also a long-time supporter of my spoken word, inviting me to read between bands. 

Prank: The piece you have on the Split LP is a great part of the album, underlining the meaning of the entire record, do you remember how you ended up doing the recording for the record?

Wendy-O-Matik: Ugh, my mind is a sieve at this age! The finite details of the recordings that I did have sadly faded from my memory. I had the privilege of doing all of my recordings with an ultra-skilled, brilliantly creative, and well respected sound engineer, Noah Landis, so that was a true gift. The members of Grimple and Logical Nonsense were good friends of mine, so we connected frequently through shows, parties, and friendship. I rarely missed a Logical or Grimple show at Gilman. I even saw them play in Santa Fe. All I can say is that I was so honored and privilege to be invited to contribute to their album. That split is still epic and timeless.

 Prank: You mentioned before that the time when this record was originally recorded was a really inspiring time of activism, community and music for you. The 90's bay area punk scene and it's extensions of family from all over the US and beyond was pretty special time and place, what inspiration do you carry from it?

Wendy-O-Matik: Great question! The bay area punk scene in the early 90s was definitely a strong, well-connected and active community. For many of us, it was more than just shows and parties. We gathered and organized for political demonstrations against war, inequality, reproductive rights, the climate crisis, and more. We gathered, organized and spoke out against skinheads, violence against women, and we even held fundraising shows to help out friends with medical health issues that might have left them homeless or financially destitute, as well as for nonprofit organizations that represented the issues that we cared about. To this day, I am still driven to play an active role in local activism circles in the fight for social justice and radical change.

Prank: What have you been up to ? 

Wendy-O-Matik: When I’m not writing poetry or love letters or racial awareness blogs, you can find my other books on meditation Here:  or you can find my other spoken word pieces here (all recordings by unforgettable Noah Landis):

·      Birth of Our Extinction 

·      It Will Come to Pass 

·      Theory of Mutation 

·      Westbound 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022



GRIMPLE / LOGICAL NONSENSE " A DARKER SHADE OF GREY" LP  was Originally released in 1994 by Photographer Murray Bowles and Filth Bassist Lenny Johnson’s collaborative East Bay Menace label, this split combined two of New Mexico’s fiercest hardcore bands on one split LP. East Bay Transplants from Santa Fe, New Mexico GRIMPLE’s sound had become more harsh, caustic and acidic, retaining strong songwriting of their debut LP  but shedding some of their pop sensibilities for quick metallic riffing. Their brother band, Santa Fe’s Logical Nonsense had also begun to leans heavier, creatively arranged songs which front harsh guttural vocals and brutal crushing riffs pointing to the sound of their raging follow up LP’s on Tee Pee and Alternative Tentacles, and their influences of EXTREME NOISE TERROR, NAPALM DEATH and NEUROSIS.

This album has not been repressed since it’s original pressing in 1994.  Prank orignally approached Re-pressing it in 2002 when "GUYA" was re-pressed, but it wasn't until 2013 that the original tapes were baked and Noah Landis from Neurosis / Christ On Parade began remixing the record. There were several re-mioxes and tweaks until  completion in 2020 and  last year it was re-mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.  The packaging is true to the original but has been painstakingly recreated with slight upgrades, including a new 11x22” insert with band photos and lyrics. The CD version features a 16-page booklet. These are available from pre-order now at Our Big Cartel

We also created limited edition for mailorder  limited to 400 pieces and comes in a completely different 24 PT jacket, Different printed insert, Experimental Grey-Clear haze vinyl ( Looks grey on the turntable, unsual  when held to Light), two band posters,  A vinyl Sticker and a Pin. For initial mailorder copies We'll also send the regular edition insert as well. You can find this edition HERE