Today’s weird (one-man) band comes from a reader in Australia named David. Yes, apparently, we have readers in Australia. Worldwide, baby!
Anyway, David introduced to the bizarre stylings of a fella named Lucas Abela, aka Justice Yeldham. Abela is a self-described “live audio artist” with an abiding interest in creating bizarre new sounds out of various non-musical objects. Past projects, recorded and/or performed under names like DJ Smallcock and Peeled Hearts Paste, have involved things like “amplified samurai swords” and “high powered turntables constructed from sewing machine motors” (don’t ask us, we’re just quoting from the official bio, folks).
In 2003, Abela discovered that he enjoyed using his various vocal and electronic amplification techniques on large sheets of glass, and his Justice Yeldham act was born.
A Yeldham performance–and really, the only way to experience his “music” is to see him perform it live–typically begins with Abela squeezing a tube of KY jelly into his mouth and then slowly spewing it all over a large sheet of glass that’s been rigged up to various effects boxes that he wears on a toolbelt. The jelly forms a seal around his lips and allows him to make what are basically those farty noises you probably made into your hands and elbows a lot as a kid, but vibrated through the whole sheet of glass, distorted, and amplified into what kind of sounds like Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music, only scarier. And yes, since it’s glass–and since he occasionally not only blows on it, but also licks it, bites it, and smashes it over his head–there’s very often blood mixed in with the KY. Sometimes a lot of blood. (Warning: Do not watch the video in that link past the 1:45 mark unless you’re really, really not squeamish.) Not for nothing does his MySpace page say, “Crossing the line between music and bloodsport.”
Below is an interview with Abela and a video of one his less bloody–but no less astonishing–performances. He actually seems like a really sweet guy. “I like that idea that I can heighten people’s mood,” he says at one point. I guess biting off chunks of glass and spitting them at the audience is Australian for “heightening people’s mood.”
- Justice Yeldham official site
- Justice Yeldham on MySpace
- Rice Corpse official site (Abela’s band, combining glass-playing with bass and drums)