I Am Providence

by United Bible Studies

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Recorded in one day in Providence, Rhode Island on their 2008 US tour, I Am Providence is utterly unique even in the discography of United Bible Studies. The band performed a musicial ritual at HP Lovecraft's graveside then an a capella house show that evening with locals Alec K Redfearn, Orion Rigel Dommisse,and Manbeard and their touring companion Sharron Kraus.

All I remember from that day in Swan Point ....

My several thousand miles of dad rock-beaten ears were looking forward to the silent tranquillity of a graveyard. How unrealistic. We were more than 2 weeks into the tour. It was 2008. It was hot. With some help we found Lovecraft’s grave. I was never the greatest fan, so I took the opportunity to wander off, find some shade, and lounge (which is prohibited at Swan Point Cemetery, although 8 or so europeans singing or dancing around a grave seems to be okay).

It wasn’t long into my illicit lounging that I started to hear the music, drifting. The music was not clear to me, more undulating, like a warped tape. This was better than silent tranquillity. I am Providence. At Chris and Sandra's house that night, UBS performed a very special show, improvised and without any instruments. That day in Providence was a particular highlight of the tour, and these two recordings capture why.

Michael Lawrence, October 2012


Thanks to Eric Arn, Sandra Boiteau, Hans-Martin Gross,
Michael Lawrence, Alec K Redfearn and Chris Sadlers.

In Memory of Tony Dale and Lee Jackson.

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released November 18, 2012

Tracks 2-5: David Colohan, Sharron Kraus, Richard Moult, Michael Tanner and Tuula Vouttilainen.

Tracks 1 & 6: As above with Orion Rigel Dommisse, Manbeard, Gavin Prior and Alec K. Redfearn.

Recorded live on Tuesday, 1st July, 2008
Tracks 2 – 5: At H.P. Lovecraft's grave, Providence, RI
Tracks 1 & 6: At Top Shelf, 123 Tobey St., Providence, RI

Edted and mixed by Michael Tanner. Mastered by Steve Fanagan.

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