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Cereal Banter

Cleveland, OH | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Cleveland, OH | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Duo Rock Acid Jazz





You'll most likely have questions after listening to the new album by Cereal Banter: questions like How much pot is left? and Where am I? Imagine 30 minutes with a strobe light taped to your face. Lights Lights Lights starts with an assembly of pitchy murmurs and jarring synthetic harmonies calling you into the sun. But unless you dig contemporary ambiance and minimalism, the sun may be the last place you want to go. If you're in it for the long haul, brace yourself for the six-minute track of cymbal crashes accompanied by the same three keyboard notes. Repetition is rampant here, but Cereal Banter aren't about hooks; they're about taking you to crazy, distorted dimensions. — Phil Barnes

- Cleveland Scene

"New Blood"

"Cereal Banter is reserved for Joseph's most experimental side." - DRUM! Magazine

"Cereal Banter is like nothing you've heard"

"Labeling them is ultimately a fruitless endeavor. They're like nothing you've heard. Chaotic, droning, oddly inviting. Their unpredictable, always-keep-em-guessing nature is refreshing." - The Big Takeover

"Junk Jazz"

Junk is as spastic and strident as their previous releases. And perhaps due to Gunzburg’s “expertise in electronic-building and manipulation,” it’s also stouter. Indeed, his thick layers of distortion make “Gnarly Chaplin,” the title track, and 13-minute closer “Old-Timey Physics” rumble like revving Harley engines, belching lava cauldrons, and stampeding elephants.

Not to be outdone, Joseph’s shambolic stickwork on “Is This Ride Operational?” feels like a bevy of bowling balls in a blender, while on “Spare Particles” – which conjures up a crazed, chaotic carousel ride – his boisterous, brutal banging sounds like he’s just slung his drumkit down a steep, spiraling staircase. Only Gunzburg’s sporadic, spaced-out vocals provide a breather from the bombardment. - The Big Takeover


Sunblur - LP 2012
Edible Confetti - EP 2010



In 2015, Joseph Joseph (Cereal Banter founder/drummer) recruited Nicholas Gunzburg (an avid Cereal Banter fan and chiptune artist) as the next Cereal Banter ‘other half.’  Since Joseph hatched the idea for the project in 2009, keeping it duo-minded was a priority – mashing waves of electronic fuzz, prog-riffs, minimal melody, spoken word, and anything audible against his loosely tight virtuosic drumming. 

In this 3.0 version, Gunzburg brings a ferociously limber style of bass mastery, an expertise in electronic-building and manipulation, and the will to play ‘follow the leader,’ giving CB a fresh breath of Lightning Bolt and King Crimson.

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