o13 creates an evolving texture of music, a piercing electronic post-punk, a future that never manifested itself, spectral, uncompromising portals of electronic dread.
For the better part of the 80s, Mark C was leading legendary New York noise band Live Skull as they were deconstructing the rock song with thick gritty bass and streety guitar. Among their eight releases on Caroline and Homestead, Live Skull’s ‘Bringing Home the Bait’ has been deservingly referred to as the “Best Noise Rock Post Punk New Wave No Wave Experimental Indie Emo Goth Album Ever.”
Meanwhile, Stuart Argabright was sketching his sonic vision of gothic futurism in Ike Yard, the first NY group on Factory Records America, also one of the first true purveyors of experimental, time-shifting electronic music. It is a torch that they still carry today with a searing pyre. Stuart continued his visionary pursuit as a founding member of Death Comet Crew, Dominatrix, and Black Rain, as well as the galaxy-striding Bi-Conicals of Rammellzee.
After releasing four acclaimed albums with The Holy Ghost, the last on Fargo Records, bassist Kent Heine met up with Stuart and Mark to form o13.
In 2010, o13 produced ‘Vandal Tribes’, an audio movie EP with guests Judy Nylon and Jamie Teasdale, aka Vex’d. o13 also began preproduction of a video for a series of events based on author JG Ballard’s works. Along with a live score, the band eventually offered o13 ‘Presents: The Atrocity Exhibition’ to audiences. The video/audio experience was last presented at the Serralves Foundation in Porto, Portugal, and continues to be part of the band’s live arsenal. In addition, o13’s music was recently featured in BAM150, a documentary celebrating the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music.