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Best known as the guitarist of Miami noise-rockers Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt was already a significant name in experimental noise circles when he released his solo debut. Long interested in cutting-edge art, Orcutt had a Master's in English and had made several experimental short films, one of which sold to MTV in 1990. He also played in several local punk bands, most notably the Trash Monkeys, before forming Harry Pussy in 1992 with his wife, drummer Adris Hoyos. They worked together for the next five years, releasing a series of uncompromising and confrontational recordings on small labels and gaining acclaim from the likes of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Sebadoh's Lou Barlow. Towards the tail end of Harry Pussy's existence in 1996, Orcutt completed his first solo recording, titled simply Solo CD. It was issued by the New York-based Audible Hiss label, and featured guest vocals from Hoyos as well as instrumental contributions from drummer Danny Arad and saxman Joe Cohen, among others.
Bill Orcutt (born February 2, 1962) is an American guitarist and composer whose work combines elements of blues, punk, and free improvisation."BBC – Music – Bill Orcutt | BBC". BBC. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
Inspired by seeing Muddy Waters in the The Last Waltz, Orcutt began playing the guitar as a teenager in Miami. In 1992, he formed the band Harry Pussy with his wife, Cuban/American drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos. The group recorded three LPs and toured the US frequently, often in support of indie bands like Sonic Youth and Sebadoh. Their music, which drew from American no wave, hardcore punk and free jazz was influential and "served as a progenitor for the Noise movement." In 1997 the band dissolved and the couple divorced. Orcutt moved to San Francisco and took a long hiatus from music, returning in 2009, with an LP of solo guitar entitled A New Way To Pay Old Debts which was well received, ranking 3rd of 2009 in the The Wire magazine's annual "Rewind" list. His follow up release How The Thing Sings was similarly praised, reaching number 3 on NPR's The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011. Since 2009, Orcutt has toured often appearing at festivals in the US and Europe, including Hopscotch, Incubate, Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Donau and Big Ears. Typically a solo performer, Orcutt has also recorded or performed with Loren Mazzacane Connors, Chris Corsano, Peter Brotzmann and Alan & Richard Bishop.Bruyninckx, Joeri (February 3, 2010). "Bill Orcutt | Foxy Digitalis". Retrieved April 13, 2014. Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (7 November 2010). "Bill Orcutt: 'Harry Pussy were my perfect band' | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Huey, Steve. "Harry Pussy | Biography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Cohan, Brad (August 29, 2012). "Q&A: Bill Orcutt On The Harry Pussy Reissues, Playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" And His Kids Not Caring He Was In A Band Called Harry Pussy | The Village Voice". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Connolly, Keith (October 3, 2013). "Bill Orcutt by Keith Connolly | Bomb". Bomb. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Keenan, David (October, 2011). "Bill Orcutt: Play Dirty". The Wire pp. 30–33 "2009 Rewind: Top 50 Releases of the Year | The Wire". The Wire. January 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Gotrich, Lars (November 30, 2011). "The Best Outer Sound Albums Of 2011 | NPR". NPR. Retrieved April 15, 2014. NOBODADDY (September 10, 2013). "Bill Orcutt announces 16 fall tour dates, possibly giving 16 lucky fans the opportunity to have Bill Orcutt spend the night at their house! | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Lepron, Louis (March 14, 2012). "Musicien insulté, enceintes détruites : un concert interrompu au Centre Pompidou | Le Nouvel Observateur". Le Nouvel Observateur. Retrieved April 13, 2014. Weingarten, Christopher (March 31, 2014). "Big Ears 2014 Celebrates Steve Reich Via Punk, Drone, Jazz, Radiohead | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 13, 2014. "AVANT-GARDE LUMINARIES LOREN CONNORS AND BILL ORCUTT TO COLLABORATE ON NEW RELEASE | Fact". Fact. October 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2014.