Rangda is the kind of group that clued-in music snobs can only dream of forming. At its core is the twin virtuoso guitar attack of Richard Bishop, of the sorely missed Sun City Girls and his own instructive solo recordings, and Ben Chasny, the man behind the Six Organs of Admittance moniker, and a member of Comets on Fire and numerous other musical formations. The lineup is rounded out by drummer Chris Corsano, who has worked with everyone from Bjork to Jandek to legendary British free-jazz saxophonist Evan Parker. After circling the idea for years, the three finally halted their schedules in order to record their first record, False Flag, which was released by Drag City in 2010. This was followed in 2012 by their second album, Formerly Extinct (also on Drag City). Since then they have released a live 10” record (Rangda Live in Krefeld) on Germany’s Unrock label, and a split LP with The Dead C on Ba Da Bing!
Bishop, Chasny and Corsano bring decades of experience to the collective table. It is estimated that they’ve appeared on over 400 albums between the three of them. The knowledge each has gained from working as solo performers, as well as with others, allows them to effortlessly move freely as a unit, engaging themselves in improvisational blow-outs, extended psychedelic explorations, odd-metered compositions, and anything else that is required.
Rangda have recently recorded their third full-length record which will be released by Drag City in early 2016.