“Belt and Claw” – Bastard String 2010
This free-wheeling trio was an idea discussed for several years by the band members before they eventually met at a closed session in 2009. Since the session felt great, they went ahead with some live dates in 2010, also self-releasing the limited edition live recording Bastard String that year. Since that time, the band has toured regularly in both the U.S. and Europe, releasing four more recordings : Mechanisms (Clean Feed Records, 2012) Mi Casa es en Fuego (self-released, 2013). and Both Ends (Bocian Records, 2014). Their most recent release, “Worse For The Wear” came out on Rempis’ Aerophonic Records imprint in January of 2015, to coincide with a European tour that spring.
As fans of the music will recognize, this is inevitably a hard-hitting group. The unabashed energy of Rempis and Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello/electronics
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums