Sacrificed Fly

Stephen Handlon is Sacrificed Fly: Stephen is a gifted storyteller armed with a twisted sense of humor and a dynamic vocal range. Stephen offers a much darker approach to the outsider music genre. Like a mad scientist Stephen has incorporated various elements from his previous bodies of work and his earliest musical influences which include the Delta Blues of the late ’20s and ’30s, Psychedelic Rock of the mid ’60s, The No Wave scene of the late ’70s and Industrial Metal of the mid ’80s and early ’90s. Showing vocal versatility Handlon has fronted a number of bands of all different genres across the Philadelphia area. Aperture: a three piece Industrial Metal project formed in the Winter of 2004; disbanded in the Summer of 2004. Counterview: a five piece Melodic Metalcore band formed in Summer of 2004 and disbanded in Fall of the following year. Fall Awake: a five piece Alternative Rock band formed in 2006 and disbanded in early Fall of 2007. New Universe: a four piece Folk Rock Band formed in Summer of 2007 and disbanded in Spring of 2009. Pontius Pilots a four piece Heavy Death Rock band that formed in 2014 and disbanded in 2016. Although initially calling this project Junk Drawer. Stephen began performing, writing and producing Sacrificed Fly in Winter of 2013. As a pre-teen and until it closed it’s doors in 2012 Stephen spent a lot of his time listening to tunes at a local music store based in the Tacony section of Philadelphia called The Record Spot. Stephen recalls his first experience at The Record Spot as a life changing and magical experience. “It was after my 10th Birthday and I aggressively looked through every cassette searching for that tape that you felt spoke to you. So at that time anything that looked violent or evil.” Handlon says his influences include Ministry, Mark Lanegan, Ours, Monster Magnet, Foetus, Nina Nastasia, Vision Of Disorder, Amen, Dax Riggs and Lisa Germano. In the Summer of 2004 Stephen decided if he were to ever do a solo project he would want to try to capture the raw emotion and sound quality of the early delta blues and fuse it with unnerving industrial electronic elements. Although it would take him quite a bit of time to eventually put those thoughts into action and eventually into music. In mid February of 2013 and since he wasn’t currently in a band Handlon decided it was the best time to try start this project. For a little less than 80.00 Handlon did some shopping and quickly became armed with a Salvation Army arsenal of musical instruments. Among these little treasures Stephen most notably found a Radio Shack Audio Cassette Tape Recorder, A Casiotone Keyboard and A Music Program called Rebirth by Propellerhead. Handlon used both the former and latter of these findings to create most of the music and record the vocals. Stephen then spent the remainder of his funds on a Website and a Tape to MP3 Converter he found on Amazon. As we often try to classify all forms of music to some, Sacrificed Fly may not quite be “Experimental” enough to be considered Experimental. It’s also not “Industrial” enough to be considered Industrial. It’s also may not be unconventional enough to be considered “Outsider Music”. So to me it seems fair to say it’s a blend of all three genres. For I don’t consider duct taping a cassette recorder to a furnace or sitting in an empty confessional to record vocals as being conventional recording techniques. I think for those who long for the Wax Trax! Records weirdness then Sacrificed Fly is most certainly for you. It has the sinister, satirical, yet the playful punk element that seemed to be a common thread amongst those DIY Chicago label based bands and projects. In tracks like “The Drop Off” and “Law of the Land” Handlon provides us with Jim Morrison like lyrical imagery delivered with a Leonard Cohen like cadence. After starting the project in the early morning of 02-15-13 Stephen concluded his first solo effort in the form of Sacrificed Fly on 04-24-13. The sordid soundscape that Stephen Handlon created was made without ever previously playing a musical instrument. The minimalist musical approach does seem to be a great compliment for Handlon’s dejected melodies and unsettling lyrics. The best way I can describe the sound of Sacrificed Fly is it’s like finding an old unmarked cassette in secret room of an old burned-out warehouse, listening to it and discovering it may very well be the soundtrack it’s torture chamber.

By: Dylan Harris-

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