Known as a founding member of both Richard Buckner's The Doubters and the Bedlam Rovers, and as a touring violinist for Alejandro Escovedo and the Mekons, Cynthia Wigginton makes a debut fronting her own songwriting project, Bermuda Triangle Service. Combining blues, country, rock and pop in unexpected ways, the release of High Swan Dive marks the emergence of a unique voice in the music scene.
In 1999, while sequestered on a tropical island in an octagonal house made of exotic woods, Cynthia (aka Wig) set about honing her songwriting craft. Using a variety of instruments ranging from violin to slide guitar to musical saw, her 4-track recordings became an intimate mix of sounds influenced by the pink sunglasses of an island sunset.
Once Wig and her partner, Adam McCauley (Little My / Warm Wires), returned to hometown San Francisco, they got together with longtime friend, Robert Malta (Paw Paw Blowtorch / HugeLarge), and a trio was formed. With the addition of Adam and Robert, Bermuda Triangle Service's live and recorded performances now include a touch of melodica and harmonica as well as the mysterious "screwdriver". The songs continue to take a traditional and narrative direction that is tempered by a contemporary indie and island sensibility.
With the assistance of Karl Derfler as producer and Joshua Housh as studio engineer, Bermuda Triangle Service has released their debut studio album, High Swan Dive (Fall 2004). Karl is well-known for his work with such diverse artists as Roky Erickson, Jerry Harrison, Ric Ocasek, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Angry Samoans, No Doubt and countless others.
High Swan Dive is available in stores and online through cdbaby.com. From the opening strains of "Kukui Lei", followed by the band's version of Billy Childish's "Pokerhuntus Was Her Name", and ending with the surreal atmosphere of "Last Dada Dance", Bermuda Triangle Service lets you know that they've made it through treacherous waters and plan on landing.
We hope you enjoy the music.
P.S.--Bermuda Triangle Service's "Kukui Lei" has also been included on the CD compilation, Connections 2, to benefit public radio affiliate, KRCB. Other selected artists include Tom Waits, Johnny Otis and Camper Van Beethoven.