Artist: Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier)
Song: "Mechanical Mammoth"
Album: Mystical Weapons
"I met Sean when Deerhoof opened for Plastic Ono Band and we got along so fine that when he needed a local opener for Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger's San Francisco show one time, he said 'Why don't we do an improv duo?'" Greg Saunier tells Rolling Stone. "We had such a good time. Sean is an instant composer."
When Lennon invited the Deerhoof drummer to record in upstate New York, the pair emerged with a whole album. "Every song turned out different from the next," Saunier says. "'Mechanical Mammoth' started because Sean's friend had brought this antique monstrosity of a synthesizer. Sean's real touchy-feely, and by that I mean he couldn't keep his hands off the many dials, knobs and levers of this crazy thing. Within seconds it sounded to my expert ears like a song. Like I said, instant composer. Even when working in microtones. I started hitting some upstate pots and pans and minutes later we knew we were going to have to send our hit jam to Rolling Stone!"