Exposé Online banner

Maximum Indifference — Maximum Indifference
(Botched 0000, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Maximum Indifference Cover art

You may recall our review of their most recent live demo a few issues back, so we welcome this CD release. Maximum Indifference is an instrumental trio of guitars+synths, bass+synths, and drums – a lean yet very tight lineup – from the San Francisco Bay Area. Their sound is firmly rooted in the rock shadows somewhere between instrumental bands like Djam Karet and the Ozrics, and the mechanical angularity of 70s Rush. While their vocabulary is not technically difficult or overly complex, their material tends to build up momentum via layers of dense atmospherics provided by the synths and multi-tracked guitar rhythms. Indeed, many of their tunes are a bit short on raw compositional development ("Weeping Frontiers" for example) – repeating a single theme over and over – but by dressing it up in different arrangements, they provide the variation necessary to keep it interesting over the duration. They also have enough good sense not to drag a four minute idea out to eight or ten. Drummer Rich Duarte doubles on soprano bugle on "Chrysalis", which, due to the defining lead instrument, is easily the most memorable track here. Yet their most powerful moments are when Duarte, bassist Gus Fjelstrom, and guitarist Mark Bladek work together as an intensely tight rhythm unit on tracks like "Echoes," "5ii," and "Rage and Lunacy." An excellent debut that stands on its own.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Gustaf Fjelstrom, Maximum Indifference

Latest news

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Gjallarhorn - Sjofn – Fans of the progressive strain of Nordic music pioneered by Hedningarna and Garmarna now have another genre-bending band to latch onto. Finland’s Gjallarhorn take some of the elements of those two...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues