Procedure Club’s brand of “noise pop” combines haunting airiness and mechanical instability, as if a ghost were trying to drive the Beast Of Turin through a windstorm. Their songs feature heavily reverbed melodic vocals, stuttering mechanized drum beats, dirty bass, synths, and alternately washed-out and jangly guitars. And maybe an omnichord.
Andrea Belltower and Polish emigré Adam Malec began recording as a natural progression from their boredom with living in poverty in New Haven, CT, sharing musical tastes in underground, lo-fi pop of the 80s and 90s as well as an admiration for Baroque period classical composers. Long-time collaborator Tim Borkovski later joined, lending an illusion of architecture within Procedure Club’s puzzling melancholy. Wes Nelson (guitar), Kyle McKinnel (drums and synth), and Emily Rose Alderman (vocals and synth) layer even more upon the chaotic structure, while at the same time adding to the sense of its imminent collapse.
After their releases on Slumberland Records, beko disques (France), and 16 Tamborines (Japan), the band took a hiatus from recording and performing. Their latest album is called “Pinky Swear”, available on Safety Meeting Records, and is a culmination of months and months of recording literally hundreds of lo-fi pieces of music, most of which were shelved, abandoned, unfinished, or lost.