(Friends Records), a beguiling mix of (more than three) tracks spanning lulling, almost lounge-y beauty (“Aire Metal”), mutant free-improv/groove (the two-part “Gamut Runner”), and other exotic sonic flavors. Sometimes as a duo without Dierker, sometimes expanded with additional players, they went on to play shows that found them on all manner of local bills. They were sandwiched between rock bands, part of the contemporary-music concert series Mobtown Modern playing Redman’s work (he has a Ph.D in composition), subsumed into a larger improvising ensemble for the annual Red Room holiday concert—and they never appeared out of place. The three principals all have long and varied resumes in the local music scene (most prominently Miller’s membership in dadaist rock trio Oxes and Dierker’s long-standing status as one of pianist Lafayette Gilchrist’s New Volcanoes), and somehow the various permutations they’ve weathered have shaped them into an apt house band for this particular moment in Baltimore music. They sat down recently in their practice space—the basement of Redman’s Gardenville home—for a chat frequently interrupted by tangents, jokes, and laughter; an edited and condensed version begins here.