The other week at the Portland Makes Music showcase with E*Rock and Atole
, I got my hands on a copy of Throwing Shapeless V.1
, a compilation of E*Rock created remixes. Quickly a play-and-repeat relationship began between me and the righteously dancey and shouty song "Don't Tell Me, No." Nestled alongside groups such as Glass Candy, Ratatat, BARR and Extreme Animals, the female-fronted act behind the track wasn't ringing any bells. A couple Google searches failed to shed any light on Zero1 (Pop Music) either. Truth be told, I hold my internet search skills in high regard, so how could this apparent dead end be? The only thing coming up was in relation to E*Rock's remix, but for there to be a remix, there has to be an original track first, right
In the past, E*Rock has described the remix process as being "like a puzzle" that involves listening "to the the melody and see[ing] where it can go, or if it needs to get more dancey. Usually it needs to get more dancey." With that in mind as well as the fact that he tends to tackle tracks already in his good graces, my curiosity was piqued as to just how this particular song had come to be, from its initial beginnings to its present form as track number 10 on Throwing Shapeless V.1
Luckily, E*Rock stepped up to the pitch to provide this bundle of information:
I did that remix for Holocene music, their first release was a comp of mostly indie portland bands getting portland remixes (ala Strategy doing the Blow, which you've probably heard). 01 (Pop Music) was Colleen French's solo project which was more atmospheric, but later was an edgy two-piece synth punk band with her brother on drums and her singing, yelling and playing a korg with some loop pedals. The band dissolved when she opened a restaurant called Colleen's on Burnside (now Le Pigeon), which she's no longer with. The original song was never released and the band never had a myspace or any website. Colleen later moved to New York City for about a year and has recently returned and has re-started her "Renegade Dinner Club." I stayed fairly true to the original, but had to record the band myself to get tracks to remix in time for the comp! I re-programmed the drums, added some bass guitar, and gave it a little dance friendly direction.
There you have it! And see that detail about the familial duo never having a MySpace (gasp!)? We got the whole story and
my faith in my online search skills was restored in a two for one punch. Here's hoping Zero1 (Pop Music) gets another go around now that Colleen has come back to Stumptown.
Photo by Nilina Mason-Campbell