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STAN RIDGWAY's musical career began in the late seventies with the soundtrack company he started Acme Soundtracks to create music for low-budget horror films. From the ashes, Wall Of Voodoo was born, and with Ridgway as founder and lead voice, released an EP, two albums, and the 1983 hit single "Mexican Radio". Upon leaving, he embarked on a solo career that has included collaborations with drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police on the film "Rumblefish" dir. by Francis Ford Coppola, other independent film soundtracks, as well as producing other artists, (most recently Frank Black and The Catholics new release "Show Me Your Tears" (2003), in addition to numerous solo recordings "The Big Heat", "Mosquitos", "Holiday In Dirt", "Anatomy" etc. Ridgway's newest cds are "Snakebite"and Stan Ridgway and Drywall "Barbeque Babylon" "Neon Mirage" and the latest "Mr. Trouble".

PIETRA WEXSTUN has composed music for "Nice Ladies In Cages," a collection of paintings by Christi Ava (Santa Barbara Museum of Art) , "Visuadelia," a sound and light installation by Barry Fahr (Barnsdale Gallery), and "Something about Summer," a performance piece by magician Jim Piper (L.A. County Museum of Art ). Together with Stan Ridgway they formed the electro-experimental combo Drywall, producing 3 albums, "Work the Dumb Oracle", "The Drywall Incident" and "Barbeque Babylon". Her band Hecate's Angels has issued three CD's, "Hidden Persuader" and "Saints and Scoundrels" and the latest "All That Glitters" and has also provided music for several independent films and T.V. commercials.

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STAN RIDGWAY ~ writings & reviews ~

“Music is more than just chords and notes to me, it has the ability to make pictures in the mind,” says noir troubadour and sound alchemist Stan Ridgway. “My records are designed to be seen as well as heard.”

It's been a long and influential road for the songwriter/guitarist and original Wall Of Voodoo vocalist. His darkly humorous, and richly cinematic musical tales of the ironies inside the American Dream have been compared to other classic songwriting iconoclasts like Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and even hard boiled mystery writers like Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson, as well as twisted film makers like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. The San Francisco Chronicle said, "He conjures "Burroughs, Bukowski and Brecht," while LA Weekly has called him "the Nathaniel West of rock.""Mr. Trouble" is Ridgway's latest solo recording from the A440 Music Group, and is his 12th solo album.

"Singer/songwriter Stan Ridgway's new solo album is a glorious hard-boiled Hollywood road movie for the ears. " THE WIRE

"Ridgway's post-Wall of Voodoo output has cemented his neo-noir rep as one of American music's greatest storytellers, the wild and wily Steinbeck of sad whiskey railroads and rusted, ramshackle American dreams." AUSTIN CHRONICLE

"Truly modern, 21st century folk music, Ridgway’s dark, tall tales often take place in the microcosmic miasma of L.A. and its outer desert, where his characters try to wrest meaning from the beautiful catastrophe of their lives." UNCUT

"Stan Ridgway is equal parts Raymond Chandler and John Huston, Johnny Cash and Rod Serling." NME

"Through the bright lights and wicked nights of Real America, Ridgway deserves the reverence of the best of fellow soul troubadours Randy Newman, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen." TOTALLY MUSIC

"Ridgway has always peeked around corners as a kind of detective "of the heart ". He misses nothing and he keeps his mouth shut. That's a hard trick for a singer," . - GREIL MARCUS

“Mixing folk, crime jazz, garage rock, electronic music, film scores, big-band covers, country-inspired excursions,- no question, Ridgway is a restless creative spirit.” WASHINGTON POST

"Probably the most compelling portrait of American social life to appear on a rock 'n' roll record since Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska." ART FORUM

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PIETRA WEXSTUN ~ writings and reviews ~

"All That Glitters" "is the latest album from Pietra Wexstun & Hecate's Angels. New work from the vocalist/composer and her band of underground explorers. LA based Hecate's Angels have an arty, futuristic cabaret sound, based around the creative vision of musician Pietra Wexstun (responsible for vocals, keyboards, autoharp and dulcimer, with songwriting and production throughout) and augmented by instrumentation including wind, strings, guitar, and diverse percussion. You'll see strange mythic pictures in your mind, go back in time, speak in tongues and then wonder who slipped that great mickey in your hi-ball glass." Beautifully atmospheric and sensually rich in aural color! LA based Hecate's Angels have an arty, futuristic cabaret sound, based around the creative vision of musician Pietra Wexstun (responsible for vocals, keyboards, autoharp and dulcimer, with songwriting and production throughout) and augmented by instrumentation including wind, strings, guitar, and diverse percussion. You'll see strange mythic pictures in your mind, go back in time, speak in tongues and then wonder who slipped that great mickey in your hi-ball glass. THE CHORD

More from vocalist/composer Pietra Wexstun and her band of underground explorers. Trip on down the bayou or float along in space. The miracle and magic of music with no boundaries. Vintage synths and theremins combined with dulcimers and washboards. Decadent waltzes and heavenly hymns. Cuban cha-chas and bongo-driven jazz. Eerie echoes and hepcat cool rising to a flaming intensity. Howling horns, screaming saxes, pounding pianos Emotional,evocative. Hot/cold... light/dark..the marriage of heaven and hell...madly inspired ...divinely insane...someone stop me before I hurt myself! Ophelia meets Lady MacBeth at a cocktail party in space. SPACE-NIK MAGAZINE

"Intelligently bizarre." -CAPITAL Q, Sydney, Australia

"A stylish box of delights - whisky smooth and air conditioning cool" - HEARSAY MAGAZINE, U.K.

"Named after Hecate (Heh-ca-tee), the Greek Goddess of sorcery and witchcraft, the band's sound is a kinky marriage of underworld ambience and song, a union which manages to surprise without ever resorting to shock for shock's sake. Lead Angel, Pietra Wexstun teases an astonishing array of sounds from her organ, autoharp, and theremin (that whooping, wailing instrument which leant an illicit drug buzz to Good Vibrations)." —DIGITAL AUSTRALIA

"With its ghostly country moods, twisted shanties and dreamy pop thrills, it's an imaginative blend of familiar and freaky ingredients" — DIGITAL MAGAZINE, Marcus Leadley

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