"span"From the Artist
"span"Stamping their own identities on Wynnes initial creations are Brandi Wynne (bass, keyboards, sampling) and keyboardist Tom Brooks. "I never have a complete concept of what the finished product is going to be," Wynne admits. "It is like weaving a tapestry and then filling in the colors and little holes and polishing this and that." Ozrics get a triple dosage of rhythmic intensity from the explosive chops of the Terry Bozzio-inspired drummer Metro, old friend and former Ozrics member percussionist Merv Pepler, and Eds very own programming genius. "There are some moments when you cant quite tell if the drums are real or programmed," Ed says with the hint of a laugh. "Ill sometimes add strange little rhythmic twists to the real drum tracks. Ill take a timbale sound and a click and it will repeat within a four-beat pattern as the drums are going along."
"span"About the Artist
"span"Wynne started from humble beginnings in the mid 1980s. Having left school when he was just 16 years old, and having learned a thing or two about composition and musical identity from listening to Frank Zappa, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix, Germanys Kraan, and French art-rockers Gong, Wynne dreamed of one day making his own bold and idiosyncratic artistic statement. "I started recording on my four-track reel-to-reel with all my channels connected to a Marshall guitar amp and that was my studio at the time," Wynne says. "But it worked."
"span"From his home studio, Wynne embarked on a prolific recording career as the mastermind of Ozric Tentacles, which has seen over twenty records marketed in over twenty years. The band broke barriers with their first record, "Pungent Effulgent", and increasingly won fan support through such favorites as "Erpland" (based on the fictional character "Erp", hatched from Wynnes imagination), "Afterwish" and "Strangeitude." In 1993, the Ozrics spawned the cosmic/old-world-meets-new "Jurassic Shift", which soared to within the British top 10 pop albums chart. With one fell swoop the Ozrics were instantly identified, perhaps erroneously, with the "Crusty" movement Englands youth culture movement that mirrored the U.S.s 50s beatnik generation and 60s hippie revolution. "When we recorded Jurassic Shift, there were a couple of coincidental trends going on at the time which meant we were kind of cool, even though we were exactly as we were and would be," Wynne says.
"span"Subsequently, one of the Eds tunes, "Sploosh!" would be used in a BMW automobile commercial. It was a defining moment for the band: Ozrics were capable of putting butts in seats, claiming mainstream appeal, and never losing sight of its original creative intentions. Wynne continues to explore and his musical expedition unfolds into the 21st Century. All the time Wynne fine-tunes his writing, commenting on life as it was, is, and will be. "Eddie works all day," explains wife, bandmate, and Ozrics manager Brandi Wynne. "He wakes up, has a cup of tea, then goes into the studio and stays there all day." "Writing is pretty much what I do day to day," Ed says, "and I am fortunate to be able to explore any number of different musical directions."