Jeff Tarleton: "As a teenager the inevitable happened and I formed my first and only band. We were a three-piece named Trancegland. When the drummer quit to join the army, Deb Agolli joined and we changed our name to Viv Akauldren. With me on vocals, guitar and bass and Keir McDonald on synths, farfisa and bass we toured five hard years on the US underground scene. I don't want to go into details here about the band but the hard facts are we made 3 LPs, an EP and a couple of singles. (All are out of print but you can still find them if you're lucky). There were amazing performances too, that I will never forget as long as I live and I know there's a lot of people out there that feel the same way. We played with a lot of great bands. Quite a few got famous in the 90s but then was really an innocent time, before the reality of making it occurred to anyone. It was the void known as the 80s but I think we made our mark, and absolutely no one was out there doing what we were. We would have seen them."
Viv Akauldren were a trio from Detroit, active from 1984 to 1989, which made great psychedelic music, combined with eastern folk and prog/ambient influences. In "Old Bags & Party Rags" (released in local Akashic label in 1985 and a year later in the Dutch label Resonance) all the above are present, plus echoes of british post-punk and Hawkwind. In some tracks it reminds me of Savage Republic with more aggressive guitars and synthesizers.
Viv Akauldren were Jeff Tarleton (Phry) vcls, gtr, bs/ Keir McDonald kbds, synth, bs/ Deb Agnolli drms, vcls After their demise, Deb Agolli went on to Outrageous Cherry, Keir McDonald recorded solo, under the name Medusa Cyclone, with much critical acclaim, and Jeff Tarleton, quit music for a few years, released a solo psych-folk album in the late 90s, (which I would like very much to listen), and now lives in Berlin as a street musician.
tracklist 1 - Life Expectancy 2 - Tanzil 3 - As You Wish 4 - Flooding Crawl Space 5 - Lost 6 - Censored 7 - Null 8 - Catabolic Blues