History of Temple of Bon Matin

Born in Florida in 1963, Ed Wilcox lived around the world before attending The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he graduated with honors in 1985. He worked in scenery design for theater, ballet and TV. In 1992 he tossed aside a promising career in art and took on drumming, singing and leading Temple of Bon Matin as well as playing with legendary saxophonist Arthur Doyle, punk rock legend Mikey Wild, the Strapping Fieldhands, Jim Shepard & V-3, Laundry Room Squelchers and Velocity Hopkins.

Citing Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Ted Parsons and Martin Atkins to name a few as his favorite drummers, Ed has a drumming style all his own. Flailing arms,crashing cymbals and gongs,pounding bass- all on a drum set that looks to be designed by Peter Max and a group of rouge arc welders, Ed is a show in his own right.

Ed first teamed up with John Mulvaney to record the first Temple album and lay the blueprint of what was to come. At the time only a two piece they covered prog, avant garde territory reminiscent of Soft Machine and Sun Ra.

Ed teamed up later with Trevor Dixon and Mark Lux to record the highly acclaimed "Thunder, Feedback and Confusion" album. Released in 1993 by Siltbreeze records this album even more so defined the sound and style of Temple. Loud, noisy psychedelic rock that destroyed hearing and broke boundaries. The trio played shows extensively in their hometown of Philadelphia and the surrounding area causing a stir as well as a few eyebrows to be raised to the fact that psychedelic rock wasn't dead.

1995 saw the release of Temple's debut on Bulb Records, "Enduro, America's Most Loudness". The players were Frank Bradley (guitar), Mark Denardo (Bass), Rich Lamb (Bass), Angelo Madrigale (Drums) and Ed (Drums and Vocals). The music primal and grating, feedback soaked loops of pure sonic comfort. The best description "Merzbow meets L.A. Guns" or "America's High Rise". With Temple's growing notoriety as "America's Most Loudness" the band began to see some recognition for their efforts by the means of college radio play, rave reviews in zines and a now constant flux of shows spreading further away from the Philly homebase.

"Bullet in2 Mesmer's Brain" was released 1997 again on Bulb Records. The lineup changed once again, not getting stale Temple displayed a avant jazz feel, with live and studio tapes cut up and stuck together giving the record a bit of a hyperventilated, vertigo swirl. Perfomers were Charles Cohen(Synths), Elliot Levin(Sax and Flute),Linda Searnock(Guitar),Joe Z.(Bass),Rick Brackbill(Guitar/Turntables),Steve Buchanan(Guitar and Sax),Greg Chapman(Synths),the return of John Mulvaney(Synths) and of course Ed being Ed. This is free jazz!!

Over the next couple years many new faces came and went through the turnstiles that is T.O.B.M. A lot of shows and roads were traveled.

What do you get when a room full of musicians from different walks of life with different tastes who never played together are conducted by Ed Wilcox? "We've Got The Biggest Engine" released 1999 by Little Army Records is the answer. Too many musicians to list but Ed pulled it all together, putting yet another spin on what the world knows as Temple of Bon Matin.

More shows more noise... Then in 2001 "Cabin in the Sky" a Bulb Records limited edition vinyl pressing. Folky-art-noise-rock, showing a newer down home sound to Temple's ever eclectic array of styles.

2004 brought a new album and new label behind T.O.B.M., the album "Infidel" was released on Spirit of Orr records. A grittier, space/punk voodoo ritual including a whole different line up of various musicans and guest musicans than before. "Infidel" is earning the respect of critics, college radio and fans worldwide.

Temple of Bon Matin are in the process of recording yet another album at the Runnemede N.J. studio that has produced almost all previous albums.Stay tuned for the future...