3D: Razor Ridge 7″ EP (Lux Interior Artwork + Music by Lux’s brother)
An official release by MuSick Recs (USA) & Trash Wax Recs (NL) licensed from Michael Purkhiser.
It’s not very often that something like this surfaces and we’re very proud to be associated with this release, Lux’s artwork (originally slated to be an album sleeve) and his brother’s music… Guess it runs in the family.
A quarter-century after its creation, the debut EP from 3-D – the solo project of Michael Purkhiser, younger brother of late Cramps legend Lux Interior – is released by MuSick Recordings and Trash Wax Recs in June.
Michael’s musical journey began with the countless vinyl albums strewn around the teenage Lux’s bedroom in mid-1960s Akron, Ohio. A naturally gifted guitarist and sound engineer, by the late ‘70s Michael’s band The Action was plying a parallel course to the nascent Cramps. He even recorded the latter’s much-bootlegged Ohio Demos in his parents’ basement in 1978 but Michael’s musical path was proudly his own. The Action was a power-pop trio whose three self-released singles remain sought-after collectors’ items.
As well as opening for The Cramps at NYC’s legendary CBGB’s, they shared stages with the likes of Joan Jett, Todd Rundgren, Marshall Crenshaw, and close friends The Smithereens. But a major label contract eluded The Action, which disbanded in 1984.
At the turn of the 1990s, Michael went solo, writing and recording with REM/Smithereens producer Don Dixon. His sound was pop based, yet proudly in touch with his raw rock & roll roots. In 1997 he formed a studio project called 3-D – a name inspired by Lux’s love for 3-D photography. 3-D recorded around thirty of Michael’s songs at Akron’s Big Adventure Sound studio, with Michael co-producing.
Lux contributed original artwork for the record, featuring images of the 3-D cameras he collected, which has never previously been seen.
After a 20-year hiatus and a move to L.A., Michael resumed songwriting and fortuitously became friends with Art Bourasseau, owner of the MuSick Recordings label. In 2019, Art heard the shelved 3-D recordings and wanted to release the four original instrumentals from those sessions as an EP. Michael dubs 3-D’s style “surftrack” music, combining as it does the British background music for 1960s and ‘70s movies/TV shows and classic true ‘60s surf sounds.
Incredibly, the spirited yet musically accomplished songs on the 3-D EP were written and recorded mostly on the same-day, with the goal of capturing true, visceral spontaneity. It was mastered by musician/producer Evan Foster (The Sonics, Boss Martians, etc.) at No-Count studios in Seattle.
1. RAZOR RIDGE 02:33
2. MOONSHOT ’69 03:10
3. REQUIEM FOR A SURFER 03:14
4. 3-D THEME 03:01