Crashworthy Chronicles

by Hamid Shibata Bennett

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about

Crashworthy was born out of one of my first bands, Crashworthy Grasshopper. After disbanding, I turned to solo creations in my home studio. In 1999, I moved to an apartment on southeast Taylor and 25th in Portland, Oregon, right around the corner from a house my father's family lived in during the early 1930's. Grandpappy was hanging wallpaper in the house and the family lived there for a spell. There is still the half-lot between houses where dad cut his leg down to the bone on a blade of grass as a ten year old kid.

After playing thrash metal for a few years in the local Portland scene, at places like Satyricon, X-Ray Cafe, and Aladdin Theatre, I left the pointy electric guitar and half-stack behind and poured myself back into the acoustic guitar. The heart of my home studio was the Yamaha MT8XII, 8-tracks of multi-tracking goodness on analog cassette tape. It had knobs and faders to properly twiddle; a tactility that is often lost in modern recording environments.

Around the time I attended massage therapy school, I began exploring my voice and singing over my music. While I was learning so much about the healing arts, and myself, I recorded a couple albums, letting loose my silly side, who grew up with Monty Python, Kids in the Hall, and The Muppets.

From 2000 to 2001, I recorded and self-published the Anymouse Hazard Report Gala CD: Songs About Cookies (tracks 1-9). In 2002, I released the ridiculous follow up, Festival of Oddities (tracks 10-22), burning compact discs at home, giving them to friends, and mailing them around the country.

In today's messed up, modern world, I felt a few folk might need a chuckle from these early musical concoctions. Crashworthy Chronicles is a collection of my favorites from this kooky, glorious, beautiful, scary time of life, starting out a long career of living the life of a creative human being.

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released November 19, 2019

Music, recording, mixing, and photography by Hamid Shibata Bennett

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Hamid Shibata Bennett Portland, Oregon

Hamid Shibata Bennett is a multi-instrumental musician, recording artist, songwriter, and sound therapist. He is also an advanced myofascial bodyworker, photographer, writer, and rare cancer survivor based out of Portland, Oregon.

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