The Flying Luttenbachers

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The Flying Luttenbachers
Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Noise rock, punk jazz
Years active 1991–2007, 2017–
Labels Skin Graft Records
Troubleman Unlimited
ugEXPLODE Records
Website Official site
Members Weasel Walter drums
Past members Hal Russell sax, trumpet (1991-1992)
Chad Organ tenor sax (1991-1994)
Ken Vandermark reeds (1992-1994)
Jeb Bishop bass, trombone (1993-1994)
Dylan Posa guitar (1993-1994, 1998)
Chuck Falzone guitar (1995-1998)
William Pisarri bass (1995-1998)
Kurt Johnson bass (1998-2000)
Michael Colligan reeds (1998-2000)
Fred Lonberg-Holm cello (1998-2000)
Julie Pomerleau violin (1998)
Johnathan Hischke bass (2001-2002)
Alex Perkolup bass (2001-2002)
Mike Green bass (2003-2005, 2006)
Mick Barr guitar (2005)
Ed Rodriguez guitar (2003-2006)
Rob Pumpelly guitar (2006)

The Flying Luttenbachers were an American instrumental unit led by multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer Weasel Walter.[1] The Luttenbachers have created a large body of work focusing on an agenda of musical extremity and dissonance. Over the course of the band, the personnel has shifted numerous times around the artistic leadership of Walter, each line-up revealing a different part of the Flying Luttenbachers' aesthetic. The music has run a gamut from intense, all-acoustic free improvisation, to complex, modernistic rock composition; pure electronic noise to primitive punk-inspired jazz. The music defies idiomatic cliché and is steadfastly abstract, choosing to work outside of pre-existing genres in order to attain an original fusion.[2] Walter has been quoted as drawing inspiration from the fields of hardcore punk, black metal, progressive rock, free jazz, no wave, electronic noise, contemporary classical, Balinese gamelan and Noh music.


The Flying Luttenbachers formed in December 1991 in Chicago, Illinois as a punk jazz trio, with Hal Russell (tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet), Chad Organ (tenor saxophone) and Weasel Walter (drums). The band derived their moniker from Russell's birthname, Harold Luttenbacher.[3] Russell left the band in June 1992, and was soon replaced by Ken Vandermark for the recording of the Flying Luttenbachers' first 7" record.

The band has since featured a frequently shifting cast of notable free jazz and experimental rock musicians, including Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kurt Johnson, Jeb Bishop, Alex Perkolup, Mick Barr, Ed Rodriguez, Mike Green and Jonathan Hischke. The Flying Luttenbachers have toured Europe and the US extensively with bands like The Locust, Arab On Radar, Lightning Bolt, U.S. Maple, Erase Errata, Bobby Conn, and Wolf Eyes. Walter moved from Chicago to Oakland, California in 2003, beginning yet another incarnation of the group. The live band played their final concert in November 2006. The Flying Luttenbachers project officially ceased operation in November 2007 upon the release of a final studio album (recorded solo by Walter).

In 2017 the band is reforming for - at least - a tour in France invited by the Sonic Protest festival.

Conceptual continuity[edit]

Since 1996’s Revenge album, the Flying Luttenbachers’ musical output has been underlined by a gradually unravelling storyline concerning the self-obliteration of the planet Earth and the resulting aftermath. The 2006 album Cataclysm concerns an interstellar battle between two monolithic entities: The Void (a dark, silent spectre detailed on 2004’s album of the same name) and The Iridescent Behemoth (a massive planetoid being whose tale was told on 2003’s complex Systems Emerge From Complete Disorder album). The music energetically utilizes deliberate harmonic dissonance and the material operates on a principle of intelligent transformation of concise amounts of interrelated themes.



  • 546 Seconds Of Noise 7" (Quinnah/ugEXPLODE, 1992, Quinnah 01/ug003)
  • 1389 Seconds Of Noise 7" (Quinnah/ugEXPLODE, 1993, Quinnah 02/ug004)



  • Camp Skingraft 33 Hits! Now Wave Volumes 1-3 CD (Skin Graft Records, 1997, GR50)
  • Hayfever EP No. 4 7" (Hayfever Magazine, 1997, No. 4)
  • Knormalities 7" (Dephine Knormal Musik, 1998, DKM 03)
  • Troubleman Mix-Tape 2xCD (Troubleman Unlimited, 2001, TMU-050)
  • Troubleman 2003 Sampler CD (Troubleman Unlimited, 2003, TMU-109)[4]


  1. ^ Chicago Reader Interview
  2. ^ Scene Point Blank interview
  3. ^ Epitonic feature
  4. ^ Grunnen Rocks Flying Luttenbachers Discography

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