Exposé Online banner

Blast — Wire Stitched Ears
(Cuneiform Rune 71, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01

Wire Stitched Ears Cover art

A Dutch quartet of guitar, bass, drums and woodwinds, this is Blast's second release (the first being the hopelessly obscure Puristsirup from 1993), and the first for Cuneiform. While their music is ostensibly rock based, they seem to pull more than their share of influence from the more recent proponents of 'chamber rock,' the early abstractions of Henry Cow, and perhaps even a touch of the downtown sound of bands like Doctor Nerve. The music is tightly composed within polyrhythmic structures, yet alludes to that improvisational spirit. Their jagged aggression, free use of dissonance, and well-focused complexity demands the listener's attention and involvement. A few of the tracks have some bizarre incidental lyrics sung in an equally appropriate manner. Overall, if one can appreciate the extremes of precision and complexity, along with an open minded sense of melodics and counterpoint, then this is the real stuff. Fans of Cow, Zappa, and modern chamber rock should find much here to enjoy.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Blast / Blast4tet

Latest news

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Annbjørg Lien - Baba Yaga – The Hardanger fiddle of Norway is traditionally played as a solo instrument, but Annbjørg Lien, one of the more famous exponents of the instrument, here presents it in the setting of an augmented...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues