Who would have guessed that a comic book could inspire a psychedelic art happening in Austin, Texas?! Strange but true! On November 24, 2011 CultureMap: Austin reported on the uncoventional sights and sounds of the Texas Longest Hammer Choir.
What? People making music by banging hammers together for two hours? Accompanied by a Rhodes Piano? Now THAT we’ve got to hear! Author Ramona Flume writes,
“One of [director Andy] Rihn’s main inspirations for the Texas Longest Hammer Choir is a Jim Franklin comic book from the early 70s, featuring psychedelic images mixed with Lone Star imagery and armadillos. And Rihn’s choir has the same aspects of authentic Texas culture and a surreal, artistic vision.”
The comic book cited as inspiration for this musical mischief?
Armadillo Comics by Jim Franklin. Guess where the CultureMap article links for that glorious underground comic book gem from 1971?
Right here on Mars Will Send No More. Now that just made our day!
Visit the Studio of Andy Rihn – and tell him to send us an mp3 of the Hammer Choir!