About Waked Lunch
Waked Lunch is the side-project of Rosemary Haskins. Born from the ventromedial prefrontal cortex of the brain, Waked Lunch is an experimental project that utilizes atmospheric sounds, samplers, strings, and other more common instruments such as drums, guitar, and synths. Inspired by William Burroughs and Angelo Badalamenti, the music is dark and melancholy, though somewhat frenzied, and often edited using Burroughs' writing technique "the Cut-Up Method."
Waked Lunch was birthed, after Rosemary worked on experimental jazz saxophonist Steve Mackay's, (of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radon Ensemble, etc. notoriety), latest album, "Sometimes Like This I Talk" Engineering these sessions, along with sessions with "the Queen of Noise," Leslie Keffer, introduced Rosemary to a completely different world... a world outside of the more mainstream, but ever still "indie," rock, pop , and Americana music Rosemary had been not only writing and recording herself, but also producing and engineering for other bands of the same or similar genres. Waked Lunch is the next outlet, a huge outlet, that allows Rosemary to step way outside of the boxes she had previously housed her musical talents in.
Though Rosemary is the primary composer for Waked Lunch, she also enlists the help of her best friend, and multi-instrumentalist Josh Esref Guntel. Josh, like Rosemary, is from Nashville, TN. He has been playing and writing music since he was a kid, and is proudly of Turkish descent. Josh play numerous instruments, including the piano, organ, synthesizer, guitar, bass, cumbus, drums, percussion and more. Josh has the rare ability to pick up virtually any instrument, and begin playing it, without prior lessons or knowledge of the instrument, making him an invaluable asset for the Waked Lunch project. Rosemary and Josh have been in several different bands together in the past, covering more traditional genres like rock, pop, electro, and americana. You can find a lot of info on the different bands they have played in at the official websites for WaterWorks Entertainment and Black Label Empire.
A live Waked Lunch show, is a bit unique, in that they almost always play to film.They regularly use film projectors to display various video art, and sometimes clips from movies they have scored to. All of the sound is engineered by Rosemary via her own mixing board, and then a stereo out is run to the front of house. This allows Rosemary to have complete control over the sounds Waked Lunch uses, and is an integral part of the live shows. Though sometimes a solo performance, with Rosemary, exclusively, Waked Lunch often have local musicians join into their live shows. This allows for a more "experimental" show, as it is all completely unrehearsed and spontaneous... it's what makes every Waked Lunch show different from the last.
If you are looking for something just a bit different, with influences of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, and Nine Inch Nails, with a hint of soundtrack, new-age, space-age music, Waked Lunch is just the dish you've always wanted to order!
Rosemary Haskins, composer/ producer/ engineer of Waked Lunch
Josh Esref Guntel, multi-instrumentalist for Waked Lunch
Waked Lunch, live at the Electro Music Fest, New York, 2009