Using vocals, guitar, bass guitar, low budget digital sequencers, and melodica Christmas Decorations recorded Model 91 in Spring 2002 with engineer Charles Burst and Mitch Rackin. The 13 tracks veer from claustrophobic to expansive and can be choppy or mesmerizing. Christmas Decorations take a succinct, direct approach to song structure and instrumentation while experimenting with mood and melody.
The band is made up of Steve Silverstein, who has played improv rock under the pseudonym Madam Estrella, written for Tape Op and other fanzines and done free lance recording, and Nick Forte, who was a member of the hardcore band Rorschach, the electro-schizo hardcore band Computer Cougar and Beautiful Skin. Model 91 also features guest vocals by Rob Christiansen (Sisterhood of Convoluted Thinkers, ex-Eggs and the man who recorded the first Labradford album) and Fender Rhodes Piano by engineer Charles Burst.
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