Exposé Online banner

Shatner's Bassoon — Disco Erosion
(Bandcamp no#, 2018, CD / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-07-17

Disco Erosion Cover art

You can sometimes tell everything you need to know from a band’s name. Any group that would call itself Shatner’s Bassoon is obviously a grimly serious death metal act obsessed with dark occultism and spicy foods. Or not. This quintet is based in Leeds, and while their sound is their own, they do fit in with a cohort of other bands operating in the same general stylistic area: WorldService Project, Free Nelson Mandoomjazz, Raoul Björkenheim’s Ecstasy, and a few more, who bring jazz and rock together in a way that is not like fusion. They’re not afraid to get noisy, they incorporate electronics and effects into their sounds, and they are much more improvisational than tightly composed. In the case of Shatner’s Bassoon, the lineup features bass (Mick Bardon), drums (Joost Hendrickx), keyboards (Johnny Richards), guitar (Craig Scott), and sax (Oliver Dover), and all of them are exceptional players. While there are many sections of free improvisation (with and without a tempo), there are also some sections of off-kilter group arrangement and irregular rhythm that should appeal to fans of avant-garde music of various stripes. They are also prone to going off in unexpected directions in their arrangements. Unpredictable is the watchword. Richards most often gravitates to electric piano sounds, usually distorted, though you’ll get the occasional organ or other flavor. Scott is often very wild on the guitar, and not in a precise, shredding sort of way. Dover jumps back and forth between melodic soaring and crazy screeches, keeping the music’s edge sharp. Bardon will sometimes groove on the low end, but will also venture into fuzz and other effects. Hendrickx somehow holds all of the madness together, hitting bizarre cues and changing style drastically from section to section. The four tracks on Disco Erosion comprise 40 minutes of unfettered creative insanity that I’m going to be revisiting often.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Shatner's Bassoon

More info
http://shatnersbassoonband.bandcamp.com/album/disco-erosion

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Atomic Bomb Audition - Eleven Theatres – Hailing from Oakland (always a good thing!), ABA is essentially an instrumental g/b/d trio with each member playing various additional instruments (electric sitar, Theremin, samplers, organ, synth,...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues