Zeppi-Vingt Doigts – Social Behaviors

Social Behaviors LP front cover
Social Behaviors LP back cover
Social Behaviors LP insert
Social Behaviors LP insert
Social Behaviors LP side A

Vingt Doigts, or Zeppi Vin Doigts, was the avant-rock duo of Zeppi and Jack Schaeffer, from Rochester, NY. Zeppi Vin Doigts was sometimes augmented by drummer John Grieco, as was the case on the Foist Collective LP I posted earlier, and the three formed Down With People, Rochester’s pre-Grunge rock outfit. Zeppi reputedly studied with Beth Custer and Fred Frith during the 1980s, and was part of innumerable local bands in Rochester.

On Social Behaviors, their unique LP published 1988, Zeppi Vingt Doigts blend their progressive and industrial rock influences into a kind of compact math rock with angular rhythms and unsettling atmospheres. The synthesizer mostly contributes to the latter with climatic and paranoid frequencies reminiscent of San Francisco duo Rhythm & Noise. Uncompromising drumming underline some of these instrumental tracks, while others are graced with guest vocals, cello or flute, so that no track sounds like the next one.

01 Children’s March 1944 (3:02)
02 Concession (3:42)
03 Crux (3:00)
04 Zygomorphism (9:19)
05 Green Grass Growing (2:08)
06 One Has Half Stars (2:57)
07 Western Duck (:51)
08 Victorious Over The Flesh (1:50)
09 April 10, 1986 (Bomb Lybia) (2:35)
10 Subversion IV (5:00)
11 Umbrage (1:46)
12 Ode To GE (Money Sees) (1:28)
13 Schleimhaus (3:10)

Zeppi, guitar, bass, keyboards, sax
Jack Schaeffer, guitar, bass, keyboards, sax, recorder

Total time 40:50
LP released by Nadirean Extensions, Rochester, N.Y., 1988


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2 Responses to “Zeppi-Vingt Doigts – Social Behaviors”

  1. 1 jakebren May 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I would be very thankful for a re-up of this – I knew these guys and haven’t heard this since the late ’80s. Many thanks . . .

  2. 2 jakebren May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Just found it in re-ups . . . thanks again. Great blog.

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