Hero & Villain
Bruce was born in Southern California when the surf was up and the days were good and full of sunshine. When he was 10, his family moved from the warm California sun to the bad bad lands of Australia; Lennon-McCartney melodies and Brian Wilson harmonies were supplanted by wobble boards and tuneless flamin' jungle music. Eventually, the desire for guitars brought the young Bruce back to America. Specifically, to Phoenix, and the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. (It's not a religious term - it translates roughly as, 'wooden-stringed-instrument-building.') In the '80s, Grand Junction, Colorado was not normally considered one of the hotbeds of new wave rock, but it was - it's just that nobody ever heard the music that came out of there. Nevertheless, Shoblit and the Bush Pilots were two bands which were at the forefront of the G.J. new wave scene, and Gordon was a key figure in both bands. It is undisputable that songs like 'Solitary Confinement', 'Cans and Bottles', 'Another Good Year' and 'Alienate Yourself' have influenced countless artists ever since. That is to say, no artists have yet been counted. Gordon returned to Southern California in the late '80s and formed the Cyphers, a pop/rock/demolition foursome which cut a swath of broken guitar strings and splintered harmonies across the L.A. music scene. It was during this time that Bruce wrote and performed the score to the beloved cult film, Shock! Shock! Shock! (Rhino Home Video). Gordon has resurfaced in the new millennium as the writer and co-producer of the new album by Mr. Encrypto, Hero and Villain. (In fact, some claim Mr. Encrypto and Gordon are one and the same! Of course, if this were true, it would mean Gordon played every instrument and sang every vocal part on the album. Surely, this stretches credibility to the breaking point!) Mr. Encrypto Little is known about the strange being known as Mr. Encrypto. The earliest known references to him are found in the oral histories of Australia's indigenous aboriginal cultures. According to these mythic stories, passed down from generation to generation, a young musician from a faraway land was raised by a pack of wild dingoes to become a fierce trickster warrior. Some of these stories date to the time when it is known that Bruce Gordon was in Australia, giving some credence to the otherwise outlandish claims that Mr. Encrypto and Gordon are one and the same individual. After many well-documented attempts at world domination, Mr. Encrypto released his first rock'n'roll record, Hero and Villain in 2002.