In the spring of 1999, Trance To The Sun performed live as a four piece band on a mini-tour of the Western US. The lineup consisted of vocalist Ingrid Blue, guitarist / band leader Ashkelon Sain, bassist Dhanan Zakheim (who would later appear in Submarine Fleet), and guitarist James Webb (who would later appear in the Berkeley, CA industrial trio Everything Goes Cold).
An experimental recording of their hometown show went smoothly enough to warrant the initial release of Florakleptonomy as a limited-edition live CDR, of which perhaps 200 copies were ultimately distributed. In 2012, at the behest of fans, Ashkelon Sain endeavored to remaster the audio and create a digital booklet to accompany this download only reissue of Trance To The Sun’s particularly obscure live album.
Florakleptonomy is a special treat for fans of Trance To The Sun’s Urchin Tear Soda period, featuring highly energized renditions of four standout cuts from that release. The band also performed two of their Cleopatra compilation exclusives from that era, as well as a revamped version of “Automatic Reversal” from the Azalean Sea album. The music closes with a chilling, exclusive studio outtake entitled “Memory Blvd.”, which originated during the Urchin Tear Soda recording sessions.
The 6 page digital booklet (available at iTunes) contains all the imagery from the orginal release, plus new liner notes and never published before photos of the band taken later that same week in Seattle, backstage and performing, in black and white film by photographer Rusty Urie.