PAK: New York City Avant/Progressive Trio Releases Bestial CD Through Nefarious Industries.

Nefarious Industries this week releases Bestial, the latest album from long-running New York City-based math/prog/experimental outfit PAK, its current lineup containing members of The Molecules, Cleric, Imperial Triumphant, and more. The diverse and damaging album is now available on CD and all digital platforms, streaming in its entirety.

For more than fifteen years of touring and recording, PAK has released six recordings on labels including Ra Sounds, Magaibutsu Japan, Tzadik, and others. Combining powerful avant metal, the complexity of prog rock, and inspired moments of improvisation, PAK’s music stands unique. Founder Ron Anderson is back on guitar with a more powerful heavier sound, while new recruits, bassist Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant) and drummer Larry Kwartowitz (Cleric) are helping in stretching the band’s previous boundaries, pushing PAK to new sonic directions.

Video: PAK Live at The Mothership, Philadelphia, PA 3/9/2019 

PAK’s newest album Bestial is a surreal and cerebral experience. Feeling simultaneously both free-form and focused, familiar but unaccustomed, border-free but not without direction, the album flows through white-knuckled rhythm whiplash, otherworldly tones, tranquil plains of organic rock, and straight-up slamming, jarring jams. Seven expansive, explosive songs harness more than fifty-two minutes of immersive metallic, experimental rock, much of which remains primarily instrumental.

Produced by Ron Anderson, Bestial was recorded in two days in September 2018, captured at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, in Queens, New York City with Colin Marston. The album was mixed and mastered by Anderson and completed with artwork by Will Argunas and layout by Greg Meisenberg. PAK is definitely back, and Bestial is a must-hear for fans of John Zorn, Dysrhythmia, Melvins, Mörglbl, Stinking Lizaveta, Goreguts, and other noncompliant and exploratory acts.

Bestial is now available on all digital platforms, and in a four-panel eco-wallet CD alongside merch and bundle options RIGHT HERE. 

Stream PAK - Bestial at bandcamp
Hold the date June 6th for PAK New York release event at The Kingsland with Dysrhythmia, Stinking Lizaveta and Shardik 

Tonight is the first concert of my Stone Residency. The Stone is John Zorn's non-profit space at East 2nd street and Avenue C in New York City.  

A retrospective spanning a 40 year music career.

These concerts will present new and improvised music that spans styles from rock to experimental. Ron Anderson will perform with two different groups each night featuring musicians that he has worked with from his formative days in the 1980’s till present.

10/27 Tuesday
8 pm
Ron Anderson, Ava Mendoza - Electric Guitar Duet
Ron Anderson (guitar) Ava Mendoza (guitar)
Ava and Ron have performed as an electric guitar duet a number of times the past two years, always with surprising and interesting results. They are both masters on their instruments and wizards on effects pedals.

10 pm
Ron Anderson, Chris Pitsiokos, Max Johnson, Mike Pride
Ron Anderson (guitar) Chris Pitsiokos (sax) Max Johnson (bass) Mike Pride (drums)
Ron teams up with two of New York’s most innovative young musicians: Chris Pitsiokos, Max Johnson and everybody’s favorite drummer Mike Pride.

10/28 Wednesday
8 pm
Ron Anderson, Chris Cochrane, Brian Chase, Michael Evans
Ron Anderson, Chris Cochrane (guitars) Brian Chase, Michael Evans (drums)
Frantic drums, drones, layers of feedback, driving rhythms, mutated bootlegging blues.

10 pm
Ron Anderson Brian Chase Duet
Ron Anderson (guitar) Brian Chase (drums, electronics)
High energy playing, deep listening, following the musical flow

10/29 Thursday
8 pm
Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, Amber Brien, Al Margolis, Chuck Bettis, Michael Evans
Ron Anderson (Synthesizer, bass, guitar, trumpet) Robert L. Pepper (violin, electronics) Amber Brien (garrahand, percussion) Al Margolis (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Michael Evans (percussion, electronics)
Ron meet Al Margolis in the mid-eighties when they were both active parts of the Brooklyn’s music underground. This set is dedicated to the avant-music series “Bar None” which ran in Brooklyn for seven months in 1987~1988.

10 pm
Ron Anderson, Zachary Pruitt, Kevin Shea, Valerie Kuehne
Ron Anderson (guitar), Zachary Pruitt (guitar) Kevin Shea (drums) Valerie Kuehne (cello) 
Masters of avant-guitar and cello meet Taliban's monster drummer.

10/30 Friday
8 pm
Ron Anderson, Anthony Coleman, Shelley Hirsch, Sarah Bernstein, Michael Evans
Ron Anderson (bass, guitar, trumpet) Anthony Coleman (piano) Shelley Hirsch (voice) Sarah Bernstein (violin) Michael Evans (drums, electronics)
Ron first performed with Shelley Hirsch in 1994 at the Vorax Festival - Vicenza, Italy when Shelly sat in with the Molecules. Anthony Coleman is a guest performer on the 2011 Ron Anderson’s PAK Tzadik release Secret Curve.

10 pm
Ron Anderson + BarrSheaDahl
Ron Anderson, Mick Barr (guitars) Tim Dahl (bass) Kevin Shea (drums)

10/31 Saturday
8 pm
PAK or Not
Ron Anderson (guitar) Stuart Popejoy (bass) Sarah Bernstein (violin), Alex Cohen (drums)
A new band, new compositions, new sounds, new direction.

10 pm
Ron Anderson, Victor Poison-Tete, Tim Dahl, Keith Abrams, Robert L. Pepper
Ron Anderson (guitar) Victor Poison-Tete (voice, guitar) Tim Dahl (bass) Robert L. Pepper (violin, electronics)
Ron and Victor Poison-Tete formed the noise rock band Rat At Rat R in Philadelphia in 1980. This set will be a opportunity to see a rare reunion performance of new ideas.

11/1 Sunday
8 pm
Ron Anderson, Max Jaffe, Brandon Lopez
Ron Anderson (guitar) Max Jaffe (drums) Brandon Lopez (bass)
This will be the premiere performance of this mega intense super power trio.

10 pm
Vintage Korg MS-20 Synthesizer Duet
Ron Anderson, Lawry Zilmrah (synthesizers)
Two Korg MS-20 Synthesizers! Raw Analog Power.



Opening track from the new Oblique Quartet  CD Tlaloc Beat on Alphatauri.  The video is shot entirely in Mexico City.

Marco Fierro (synthesizer), Carlos Fierro (bass), Ron Anderson (guitar), Azael Gonzalez (drums)


Here is an English Translation from Spanish of a review of the Oblique QuartetCD Tlaloc Beat. (if you want to read the Spanish version click the link). Also I now have a box of CDs so if you want to get on send me a message. 


Tlaloc Beat is the title of the debut of Oblique Quartet. Instrumental quartet from Mexico and USA, made up Azael Gonzalez 'Chazy' (drums), Ron Anderson (guitar), Marco Fierro (analog synthesizer), and Carlos Fierro (low).

Contrary to what one might expect from its title and cover, this work has little or nothing to do with pre-Hispanic music (musically speaking), I make this clarification because people who do not know the people involved in this project, might think that is what this music is about. Oblique Quartet is a mixture of rock, noise, hardcore, punk, and even a little jazz. With improvisation as a fundamental part of their sound, a great mix between Merzbow and Black Flag.

The eclectic sound not only stays in each cut but is palpable throughout the Tlaloc Beat. The Great Temple and Octli have influences from punk/hardcore, while Agua Celeste has a couple of blues solos, Lluvia y Trueno sounds like the music of the end credits of a TV show or documentary, and Inframundo seems out a horror movie score, I think they could not have written a better theme to close the disc.

The drums sound insane in almost all tracks, and bass rumbles at all times, the combination of these two instruments is that gives a touch of improvisation, jam, and free jazz (I hate that term), to Tlaloc Beat.

It is a great work that certainly is best enjoyed live, I think the studio versions are truncated in one way or another, the live concert sound was a thousand times better, much more 'loose'. The band is a bomb that explodes in your face again and again. Marco, Azael and Carlos will make you move at all costs, and leave you deaf, while Ron, which reminds me to Mark Arm (Mudhoney), not only physically but also by the way they function on stage- it will leave you with the mouth open at the energy. If you have the chance to see them, not fail to take advantage, you will not regret it.

The album was released by Alphatuari, independent label founded by Marco and Carlos Fierro. The packaging was done by hand, so it is very worthwhile purchase a copy on CD, only 150 were made.

Octli is the best example of my talk, and was chosen as an official single.

Amazing debut for a band that barely a year of existence. Seven tracks, 27 minutes, here are the Bandcamp, where they can listen and buy the Tlaloc Beat.


"Listening to PAK, composer Ron Anderson’s vehicle driving through ears a frenetic pastiche of jazz, funk and math-rock, can be transcendent." Review: of PAK CD - NYJPN in Popdose

I have started a video blog called Mylungpuppy. It will have plenty of music there of course, but also remixes, stuff from the archives, concert videos, travel, tips for musicians, etc.

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Here is one of the most resent videos, a fun promo for the PAK Japanese tour 2014.  

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 I am very excited to tell you about the concerts that I have put together for the first two weeks in November at the Stone. Almost all of the musicians performing at these concerts I have worked with at some point during the last 32 years of my professional music carer. I will personally be performing on only two nights; 11/9 with The Molecules and 11/10 with PAK. I hope to see you at some of the shows. - R.A.

Welcome to the new and improved website. One of the new additions is this blog where I will post tour reports, photos, information on new projects, etc.

The first news is that; I will be the curator of The Stone for two weeks in November 1-14.  

While working on the press release for the Stone concerts, I’ve realized that I have been at this music making thing for the past 32 years (that’s not counting time spent playing in college and high school bands). During these past three decades I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing musicians. I’m very happy to bring some of them to the Stone for a gig this November.

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