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Open City

Open City

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Open City was an American experimental/free improvisation band from Los Angeles, California, formed by Peter Kolovos and active from the mid-1990s until 2005. All their recordings were captured live directly to 4-track, without edits and overdubs. Open City started as a duo between Kolovos and Doug Russell on electric guitars, privately performing and improvising since the late '80s. Peter and Doug recorded Open City's debut album in July 1997, which came out as a self-titled Open City LP on Peter's newly-launched label Thin Wrist Recordings in 1999. A cassette with the duo's live performance at WNUR college radio in Evanston, Illinois, Live Demonstrations, soon followed on Thin Wrist.

In May 2001, Open City, which now expanded to a trio with Andrew Maxwell on drums, completed their second album, L.A. We Revise Your Neglect. It was also released via Thin Wrist on vinyl, limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. Open City released several more live sessions on CD-R via Peter's label throughout 2002. The band's third and final full-length album, The Birth Of Cruel, was recorded in Winter 2002 and came out on CD and limited edition LP. Open City continued occasionally perfoming live, mostly at local LA venues, such as The Smell. In 2005, they recorded a 20-min free improv track, which appeared on Two Sides Of California split LP with John Wiese of Sissy Spacek on iconic noise label RRRecords and monumental 10xLP California boxset, co-produced by RRR with Ground Fault Recordings and Troniks. Open City also released For Chone / We Quit CD-R on Thin Wrist. The ensemble disbanded soon afterward.

Open City Line-up
Peter Kolovos — electric guitars, amplifier
Doug Russell — electric guitars, amplifier
Andrew Maxwell — drums, percussion

Sites:john-wiese.com
Members:Andrew Maxwell, Doug Russell, Peter Kolovos

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