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The Flying Luttenbachers

The Flying Luttenbachers are an American instrumental unit led by multi-instrumentalist / composer / producer Weasel Walter.[1] The Luttenbachers have created a body of work focused on musical extremity and dissonance. Over the course of the band, the personnel has shifted numerous times around the artistic leadership of Walter. The music has run a gamut from intense, all-acoustic free improvisation, to complex, modernistic rock composition; electronic noise to punk-inspired jazz.[2] Walter has been quoted as drawing inspiration from the fields of punk, death metal, free jazz, and no wave.[3]

The Flying Luttenbachers
OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active
  • 1991–2007
  • 2017–present
Associated actsVarious
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersWeasel Walter drums
Past membersHal 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)
Jonathan 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)
Tim Dahl bass guitar (2017-present)
Chris Welcome guitar (2017)
Matt Nelson tenor saxophone (2018-present)
Brandon Seabrook guitar (2018-present)


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.[4] 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 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[5], 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 reformed for a tour in France invited by the Sonic Protest festival.[6] The newest incarnation of the group appeared opening 3 shows for Oh Sees at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY on October 17-19.[7]

Conceptual continuityEdit

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)[8]


  1. ^ Chicago Reader Interview "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-03-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Scene Point Blank interview
  3. ^ Sanchez, John. "Music Notes: Flying Luttenbachers take off". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  4. ^ Epitonic feature
  5. ^ "Perfect Sound Forever: Weasel Walter, The Flying Luttenbachers, and ugEXPLODE". Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  6. ^ "The Flying Luttenbachers reform for first shows in 10 years". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  7. ^ "Oh Sees began 3-night Brooklyn run w/ Timmy's Organism & Flying Luttenbachers (pics)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  8. ^ Grunnen Rocks Flying Luttenbachers Discography

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