Rats Live On No Evil Star, originally a palindrome, is now a combined project by Bernd Jestram and J. Edward Donald. These recordings from the summer of 2009 are poised between autistic sketches of a foreign and personal planet and an attempt at opening up the retro jail cell of music and pseudo earnestness of post-modern music.
After hardcore came Joy Division and then the acoustic guitar. Playing with occultism in the guise of post-industrial while at heart remaining romantic, some songs speak of urban fatalism and thwarted passageways from a sovereign voice deeper than Ian Curtis, more confused than Daniel Johnston.
The first time J. Edward Donald failed was in the basement of his family home of 70’s suburban Chicago while trying to rollerskate; medication, doctors failed him, and family did, too. His first concert under the pseudonym Human Elephant was given in the winter of 2000 in Berlin following a short scholastic life of one year in the hi....... more