Petal Shield
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Petal Shield

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE
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PETAL SHIELD emits finely tuned velvet blasts of spazz-temple experimental country music for voices, tape machines, prepared strings, synthesizers, tuned guitars, modulated radio signals, sampler, and resonance percussion. We explore micro-worlds revealed through hermetic tape manipulation and divine audio experiment, delivering clouds of undulant melodies and stutter-rhythm instability. Hallucinatory passages of pure sound dissolve into tuneful intercepts from the mass-audio airwaves as lovely koans, soul-folk images, and bursts of scrambled language are humanely captured, time-stretched, and rebroadcast as new beacons to a strange public.

PETAL SHIELD is based in Philadelphia and led by Josh Carrigan, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer.

He grew up hearing spoken Korean and the drawl-song of the Southern U.S. dialects, developing a feel for the hidden melodies in human speech and the noises of the world. After some piano lessons and garage bands, he studied music composition with Ohio media artist and composer Brian Harnetty.

Josh has toured and recorded under the names Petal Shield, Kegs of Acid, American Hornets, Ushuaia, Deep Possum, Raccoonicorns, Robador, Cassette Concrete, and AryanAsian. Josh has shared stages large and small with J.Mascis, Thurston Moore, Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors, Deer Tick, Congs for Brums, Eric Carbonara, Books on Tape, Parachutes, Lazy Magnet, Alec K. Redfearn, Prince Rama, Cuddle Magic, Viking Moses, Kites, Work/Death, The Six Parts Seven, Tusco Terror, Bee Mask, Kohoutek, Emeralds, Jack Rose, Telecult Powers, and many others.