The Unspeakable Practices ready LP for Joyful Noise Recordings

The Unspeakable Practices is a new project led by Kid Millions (Oneida, People of the North, Man Forever, etc.) and celebrated writer Rick Moody, a founding member of The Wingdale Community Singers and an avid music fan & essayist. The two rounded up a handful of diverse and talented musicians to round out their band: experimental trumpet player Nate Wooley, bassists Brad Truax (ex-Spiritualized, Interpol) and Richard Hoffman (Sightings), guitarist Shahin Motia (Ex Models, Oneida), organ player David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Gastr Del Sol), and saxophone player Michael Foster.
Due out November 6 via Joyful Noise Recordings, The Unspeakable Practices’ debut S/T LP was born of improvised rehearsals captured on a Zoom recorder and later fleshed out into fully-formed songs. The album is currently available for pre-order on limited blue & white or yellow & black vinyl, and you can stream lead single “A Steadying Effect” — which Stereogum calls “an abrasive yet ethereal improv racket” — via Soundcloud.

Although Moody’s lyrics — which were derived from his poetical practice — are a significant element of the project, he also felt it crucial that he be an active part of the band, and not just the lyricist: “it was really important to me to be reactive with respect to the amazing musicians I was working with. It was, in fact, important for me to be IN the band, not separate from the band. Another instrument in the orchestra, rather than something fused onto the music. Not lyrics in front, and music behind, but all one instrument.”
The Unspeakable Practices celebrate the release of their debut album with a show at Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot on November 6.