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New group The Underflow on tour January 18-25, 2020

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The Underflow is the newly minted trio of Mats Gustafsson (reeds, electronics), Rob Mazurek (trumpet, electronics), and David Grubbs (electric guitar). Their self-titled debut album was recorded live in Athens, Greece at the record store/performance venue Underflow and will be released in the fall of 2019 by Corbett vs. Dempsey.

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Although Gustafsson, Mazurek, and Grubbs have played together separately and operate within an extensive, overlapping network of collaborators, the three had not convened as a trio until John Corbett proposed the grouping for two nights of concerts in Athens in the summer of 2019. But there is a history: although originally from Sweden, Mats Gustafsson was a regular, vital presence in Chicago during the period when Mazurek and Grubbs were making their mark. It’s Rob Mazurek’s cornet that pushes Grubbs’s band Gastr del Sol (with Jim O’Rourke) to new highs on the track “The Seasons Reverse,” and Grubbs and Gustafsson released two duo albums in 1999 and 2003 (Apertura and Off-Road), and have been primed for years to take it to the stage again. 

The Underflow shows the trio hitting their stride instantly, ranging widely and weirdly with utter self-possession as they veer between a dense frontline of electronics; Gustafsson’s lapidary fluteophone and explosive baritone sax; Grubbs’s crystalline, athematic voice on the guitar; and Mazurek’s all-bets-off improvisatory wildness on trumpet, sampler, and hollerin’ vocal. Satisfying as it is, this recording is only a hint of what lies ahead for the trio as they plot their first tour January 18-25, 2020

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Anguish

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Mats Gustafsson is involved in yet another new project: Anguish. This powerhouse, inter-generational group brings together an unlikely gathering of members of the New Jersey-based experimental hip-hop group Dälek (electronic musician and vocalist Will Brooks, guitarist-keyboardist Mike Mare), the Swedish free jazz group Fire! (tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, drummer Andreas Werliin) and the classic ‘70s German krautrock band Faust (keyboardist and 68-year-old founding member Hans Joachim Irmler).
Debut album on RareNoiseRecords. From the press release: “Anguish stands as a hard-hitting manifesto for the next evolution in the hip-hop legacy. The dark, impossibly intense dirges, industrial noise onslaughts and banshee-like free jazz wailing heard throughout Anguish could be an imposing soundtrack for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future.”
Some availability June/July/August, 2019 – or one-offs.
(Booking in collaboration with Etienne Tippex)
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Hedvig Mollestad Trio

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New on the roster: Hedvig Mollestad Trio from Norway.
Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen guitar, Ellen Brekken bass, Ivar Loe Bjørnstad drums.
The band’s eclectic mix of influences ranges from Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix to John Coltrane and contemporary jazz and metal music. Whether your heart lies with the jazz stuff or you like the heavy beats of good ol’ rock’n’roll, the trio has become a live favorite.
On tour in Europe summer and early fall 2019.

 

THE END

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Sofia Jernberg – voice
Kjetil Møster – sax & electronics
Mats Gustafsson – sax & electronics
Anders Hana – guitar & drums

Greg Saunier – drums
THE END IS HERE?

THE END of experimental music as we know it?
THE END IS HERE!
 
A brand NEW group of experimental music will see the light in 2018!
 THE END

The members have been working with many essential groups within the contemporary creative music scene of today: Deerhoof, Møster!, The Thing, Fire! & Fire! Orchestra, Nervous Cop, Ultralyd, MoHa!, Paavo, Datarock, The Core, Noxagt, NU- ensemble, Brutal Blues and many others.
 
THE END is an attempt to use all these experiences and melt them together into something new and creative. Something of deeper poetic beauty and harsh brutality. Industrial Grindcore Free Jazz meets Sing & Noise Hardcore Esthetics!
THE END means the sensational return of Anders Hana on guitar, after years of only playing intense Grindcore drums.
THE END means the first serious meeting of the two Scandinavian innovative saxophone free blowers Møster and Gustafsson.
THE END means the presentation of the extreme voice of Sofia Jernberg in a totally new context surrounded by extreme electronics and drums! 

THE END means the first ever Scandinavian based group of legendary Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier!
THE END means THE END
THE END will create new perspectives of contemporary experimental music – where elements of noise, melodies and layers of extreme energy can interact with the different backgrounds and experiences of the musicians and their work in genres like Free Jazz, Noise, Alternative Rock, Free Improvised Music, Contemporary Music, Opera, Grindcore, Jazz and related activities!
Expect ENERGY Expect BEAUTY
THE END will play their first concerts in January 2018, followed by a studio recording in Bergen, Norway for the UK based label RareNoise Recordings. https://www.rarenoiserecords.com/
On tour December 4-9, 2018
EVERYTHING comes to an END.
THE END!
THE END IS HERE!

 

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New album Atomic – Six Easy Pieces

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Atomic remains radioactively brilliant. And just as recognisable as before. (Salt Peanuts)

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