Circa Regna Tonat
Artist: Circa Regna Tonat
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About Circa Regna Tonat
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Circa Regna Tonat was formed in January 2006 by Adam Lewis, Daniel Barnett and Jonny Lee Evans through their mutual love of experimental music. The line-up was completed soon after by bassist Rhys Griffiths. Immediately the band started building a strong reputation as a great live act on the South Wales circuit. 2006 saw the recording of their first ep (extended play) entitled Burning Witches For Glue, followed a year later by the highly experimental second offering, Lightswitch Impulses. The latter has gathered a cult following in its wake due to the use of two basses and schizo-noise shreaks mixed with progressive, post-rock instrumentals.
During the past two and half years the band have secured high profile support slots with the likes of Taint, Noxagt, An Albatross, Rolo Tomassi and, more recently, Manatees, Part Chimp and The Airborne Toxic Event. Currently Circa Regna Tonat have just finished working on their forthcoming release, 'Dance-off with a Triceratops', recorded and produced by the respected Charlie Francis and set for release in early 2009.
The Leaf Cutter Ants
[image: Leaf Cutter Ants]
Circa Regna Tonat’s inspiration were the Leaf Cutter Ants in the Natural History gallery at National Museum Cardiff.
These ants cut leaves from plants and trees to grow a fungus, which then feeds them. It is an example of 'mutualism', where both ants and the fungus benefit from each other.
Different ants do different jobs. There are medium sized, foraging ants that look for food, large soldier ants, and smaller ants which look after the fungus gardens and ant nurseries.
The sole queen ant produces all the ants within the nest, and can live for up to 17 years. If she dies, the nest dies with her.
She will eventually produce winged males and females, who perform a mating dance. While the males will die, the new pregnant queens take a chunk of the fungus and fly away to start their own nest.