No-Fi Soul Rebellion
Most recent release: "Lambs to the Slaughter" EP
Street Date: March 9, 2005
Cat. # WAN035
Personnel: Mark Heimer- vocals, bass, Andrea Heimer- backing vocals, soul system
Band started in: 2001
Home Town(s): Fairbanks, AK, Missoula, MT, Bellingham, WA
Motto: Treading the thin line between invasive awkwardness
and cathartic genius.
Quotes: "This is Andrea and I am her husband Mark."
- Song 'Ch*rch' played on BBC 1 Radio by John Peel
The Olden Days: Pure Gold 2001-2002 self released
The Varitable Rainbow of Song 2003 self released
Volumen/No-Fi Soul Rebellion split 7" 2004 Wantage USA
Lambs to the Slaughter EP 2005 Wantage USA
Tours: February 2003 West Coast 2 weeks, April 2003 West Coast 2 weeks
February 2004 West Coast 2 1/2 Weeks
Photos (print quality):
Live photo 1
Cover image of Lambs to the Slaughter
Contact information: nfsr13 AT yahoo DOT com
Phone: 360-647-2366 (Wed.-Sat. 9:00 AM- Midnight PST)
(One-sheet information below)
Heimer refers to his, 1, 2, 3 .. or 4-man outfit as No-Fi Soul
Rebellion. This music proves that prerecorded sounds and a microphone
are enough tools to rock an audience. Sure, hip-hop's known this for
years, but it's taken longer for indie-rockers to get over the
spectacle of not sharing their stage with a band, but having
pre-recorded, original music on hand, in place of the band. No-Fi Soul
Rebellion is part of a new scene of 'bands' that could tour in a Ford
Escort. Live, No-Fi is a pretty Spartan affair. Heimer's wife Andrea
straps on a stringless bass guitar and pushes play on the MP3 player
that they've integrated into its body. The "Soul System" (for which
No-Fi website features explicit "how-to" instructions) is hooked up
through the PA system, so as you might imagine, sound checks are
refreshingly brief. Once the music starts Mark is generally nowhere
near the stage. He spends his time working the audience, at audience
level. It's hard to ignore 6 feet of bespectacled, sweating Alaskan.
Andrea works the Soul System and dances.
No-Fi Soul Rebellion,
and bands like them (Barr from New York/L.A./Baltimore, I Hate You When
You're Pregnant from Flagstaff, AZ, Tracy and The Plastics from
Portland, OR are some of W?ntage USA's favorites) are interesting
phenomenona. They take the best of the bedroom four-track recorder; the
hyper-personal, stream-of-consciousness, weirdo creativity and
obsession that comes from making music totally alone, and combines that
with the release and freedom of live performances. There is something
unique and, we think, even new about this kind of music. It makes you
think twice about the untapped possibilities for performance.
No-Fi Soul Rebellion is a spectacle. Mark has the ability to grab
crowds by their collective.. well, he grabs them, and twists them into
a frothy, dancing, (often lying on the ground and shimmying) good-time.
There's little space for indifference when No-Fi Soul Rebellion plays.
Heimer, the guy who is essentially No-Fi Soul Rebellion, is an
interesting study. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Mark had
plenty of time on his hands to perfect Jodeci's high-notes, Prince's
hip-thrusts and the bass moves of Flea? In 1998 Mark moved to Missoula,
Montana to attend the University of Montana. He enrolled in the Fine
Arts program and graduated with a degree. Studying arts allowed Mark to
figure out what he wanted to accomplish with No-Fi. It dawned on him
that performance and participation could be radically changed. From
that discovery grew his decision to eschew the band in favor of "the
The "Lambs to the Slaughter" EP is a good taste of what
makes No-Fi Soul Rebellion tick. The first song, "Ch*rch" came out on a
split 7" with Volumen, a Missoula new wave band, in 2003. John Peel
(R.I.P.) cozied up to the song, and reviews were flattering.
* No-Fi Soul Rebellion's website can be found at: http://nofisoulrebellion.com
* No-Fi Soul Rebellion is based in Bellingham, Washington as of fall
2004, and have been playing larger west coast shows.
* The CD comes with a Quicktime video for their song Let's Get Nasty.
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