About the concept:
The concept behind the audio portion of Reigning Cement was inspired by an experiment that Draxler participated in a few years ago, in which a group of collage artists were each given the exact same packet of visual assets with which to create a piece. Similarly, Draxler provided each musician on Reigning Cement with the same 34 sonic elements—all recorded in the noisy industrial environment just outside his studio on the edge of Los Angeles.
About our track:
Bloomer structured Jesse's recordings then I edited (very slightly), reprocessed, and mixed the track,
In keeping with the theme of field recordings we placed a cell phone on the floor of a room and yelled near it, I cut the audio up during mixing to fit.
In keeping with Intensive Care's general themes of voyeurism and the trauma of life in the city the song is about a shooting I was present at ("the only saving grace is we never made eye contact") in November 2019.
Two almost complete Intensive Care recordings are next, one of our standard bass and drums material, one focusing on our more electronic influences.
The pandemic slowed the completion of the first and sped up the impetus to complete the second.