SPECIMEN BOX 'Four Walls' - Double LP (w/ download card)


$ 30.00 

"For the better part of the last four decades, San Francisco Bay Area musician Larry Boothroyd has been pushing the boundaries of punk and heavy music. Co-founding iconic North Bay avant-punk trio Victims Family with guitarist/singer Ralph Spight in 1984 when the bassist was still a gangly teenager, Boothroyd set a new bar for four-string virtuosity over the course of six albums of genre-busting jazz punk and countless tours with the band. In addition to other collaborations with Spight with affiliated groups Saturn’s Flea Collar, Hellworms and currently as members of Jello Biafra’s Guantanamo School of Medicine, the bassist also played a key part in both ferociously psychedelic experimental punk outfit Triclops! and NorCal hard-rock heavyweights Brubaker.

Boothroyd might be the main creative force behind his latest project Specimen Box, but the recording is about as far from a “solo” album as can be imagined. Inspired by his first experience in remote recording with Victims Family in 2012, the bassist put a call out to his legions of past and present band mates, weird punk contemporaries, fellow travelers and kindred spirits. He asked for one minute of music, from solo players and full bands, in any tempo, time signature or key.

Over the past eight years, Boothroyd has been collecting, collating and organizing those 60-second snippets, fleshing them out with his own contributions and those of other musicians to gradually build the four 20-minute suites of sublimely chaotic and endlessly engaging instrumentals that make up Four Walls. Featuring a whopping 113 different players -- including members of his own bands as well as Nomeansno, Alice Donut, Fear, Scratch Acid, Broun Fellinis, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Butthole Surfers, Fear, Primus, Earthless, Trans Am and a myriad of others -- Boothroyd came up with a new term for the recording: “Kaleidophonic Hybrid Fidelity.” Packed with neck-snapping, ADD shifts in mood and musical style, the dizzying sonic journey finds its closest antecedents in the early efforts of Mr. Bungle and the landmark 1990 debut of John Zorn’s Naked City. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, Specimen Box offers up a mind-bending mixtape for adventurous listeners." - Dave Pehling, CBS San Francisco

Produced by Larry Boothroyd with contributions from: Bruce Ackley, Guthrie Allen, Tom Antona, Kimo Ball, Derek Barber, Ben Barnes, Theremin Barney, Rémi Barnier, Christian Beaulieau, Phil Becker, Cole Berliner, Jello Biafra, Hilary Binder, Michael Boul, Brett Bradford, Mike Brannum, Abe Brennan, Jonathan Brown, Trey Bundy, Bootsie Butsenzeller, Nathan Calhoun, Kevin Carnes, Chairman, Gary Chester, Paul Christensen, Jason Christian, Rob Clarke, Matt Cronk, Pentti Dassum, Michael Dean, Paul Della Pelle, Benoit Dettori, Gino DiBiasi, Mustin Douch, Duckmandu!, Jimmy Duhig, Cecil B. Feeder, Mayya Feygina, Fozzy, Neil Franklin, Brian Kenney Fresno, Frank Garymartin, Jerome Geerlings, David Giffen, Jordan Glenn, Dave Gleza, Ernie Hawkins, Scott Henderson, Andy Henning, Hidé, Doug Hilsinger, Warren Huegel, Reinee Huizinga, Todd Huth, Ed Ivey, Bill Johnston, Michael Jung, Jurjen Kah, Andy Kerr, Al Kief, Jai Young Kim, Carl King, François L’Homer, Sivan Lioncub, Gavin MacArthur, Steve Mackay, Hugo Maimone, Phil Manley, Richard Marshall, Eric McFadden, Mike McKevitt, Dave Mello, Pat Mello, John Mink, Isaiah Mitchell, Evert Molewijk, Pej Mon, Mandy Morgan, Matt Morris, Stephen Moses, NWMN, Ford Pier, Josh Pollack, Andy Pollack, Chris Rankin, Christian Riley, Steve Roraus, Manuel Sanz-Arques, Oskar Schulmeister-Antona, Sissi Schulmeister-Antona, Kevin Seal, Shark, Gene Smith, Tim Solyan, Joaquin Spengemann, Ralph Spight, Spit Stix, Timmy Stabler, Moe! Staiano, Eric Strand, Ian Strong, Christian Testanier, Benjamin Tinker, John Trubee, Paul Van Dijl, Martijn Wassenaar, Matt Waters, Jon Weiss, Jason Willer, Dave Witte, John Wright, Josh Zee


There are three versions of this release available:
  • black vinyl (edition of 300) - includes 3D glasses
  • bone white vinyl (edition of 50) - includes 3D glasses - SOLD OUT!
  • splatter pinwheel vinyl set (edition of 50) - includes exclusive slip mat & 3D glasses - SOLD OUT!
Format: 12" double LP plus download card
A: North (19:59)
B: South (19:59)
C: East (19:57)
D: West (19:58)
Edition: black vinyl: 300 // bone white: 50 // splatter pinwheel vinyl set: 50
Artwork: Alan Forbes
Other info: 3D cover - includes 3D glasses

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