Band – Bio

Morning Scales the Mountain (MStM) are an imaginary rock band who unravel the sonic strands from a collective mind-knot, curl them in unknowable yet composed algorithms with strumming or clenched fingers, and spin them into drifting monoliths of quaking sonic ephemera. Usually split between three continents, its members — Tom Carter (from post-rock pioneers Charalambides), guitar; André Ramiro (from ruído/mm, sabkha boreale, and indios eletronicos), bass and guitar; John Alan Kennedy (percussion, pen and electronics polymath, see Cyclopes Joint), feedback and drumkit; and every so often Misha Tsypin (former Muscovite, current poet and performance artist), itinerant vocals and electronics — convene whenever and wherever possible to perform and record. 

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Morning Scales the Mountain (MStM) é um grupo de rock imaginário que desvenda os fios sônicos de um nó mental coletivo, enrolando-os em algoritmos desconhecidos, porém compostos por dedilhados ou palhetadas agressivas. Esta transformação resulta em barulhos monolíticos épicos, à deriva em um manto rochoso preenchido por efêmeros terremotos sônicos. Normalmente divididos entre três continentes, seus membros — Tom Carter (pioneiro do pós-rock com o grupo Charalambides), guitarra; André Ramiro (do ruído/mm, sabkha boreale, e indios eletronicos), baixo e guitarra; John Alan Kennedy (percussão, caneta e eletrônica polimática de Cyclopes Joint), feedback e bateria; e de tempos em tempos Misha Tsypin (ex-Moscovita, atual poeta e artista performático), vocais itinerantes e eletrônica — se reúnem sempre e onde for possível para tocar e gravar.


Tom Carter‘s electric guitar work weaves strands of melody, drone, fuzz, and charged silence into intricately detailed instant compositions. Best known for his work with iconoclastic acid-folk improvisers Charalambides (which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991 in Houston, TX), Tom Carter has focused on solo performances and recordings since 2012. Pitchfork selected his double LP Long Time Underground as the number-one experimental album of 2015.


Drummer and multi-instrumentalist
John Alan Kennedy emerged from the lysergic brew of Houston’s late-20th-century outsider music scene as a member of the mysterious electronic project Jesus Penis. Since then, he’s explored the many psychedelic byways of the Texas experimental scene, supplying percussion for free improvisers (the JDP Trio, with Paul Winstanley and David Dove) as well as zoned-out rockers (Dry Nod, Run Trip and Fall, and Rusted Shut). Kennedy’s electroacoustic project Cyclops Joint has been releasing recordings in various formats since 1991.


Guitarist and bassist André Ramiro has deep roots in the noise, experimental and post-rock communities of Brazil. He is best known as member of the expansive and cinematic post-rock band ruído/mm. From 2006-2007, Ramiro operated as one-half of the experimental duo Índios Eletrônicos, a psychedelic stew of guitars and electronics pulling influences from all corners of the universe. Ramiro has performed with numerous rock bands, including Oaeoz and AlphaPsicotics.

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