Blast - Stringy Rugs
A brilliant Dutch avant/rock band. They use electric guitars, alto/soprano sax, alto/bass clarinet, baritone sax, bass, drums [by the amazingly brilliant David Kerman] & vocals. They combine a very unique & recognizable skewed rhythmic base (influenced by Capt. Beefheart) with angular & intricate horn & guitar charts ala Henry Cow and Doctor Nerve. About 1/4th has vocals, while the bulk is instrumental. The music is tough-edged & aggressive. This album adds scored parts for a number of guests on tuned percussion, brass & more. All must be heard to be believed; these are great discs of intensely complicated, rehearsal-intensive RIO-style rock. ''I never got to see Henry Cow, but now that I've seen Blast, it doesn't matter.''-Bill Ellsworth. ''tight, complex, angular, polyrhythmic, verging-on-brilliant Dadist chamber rock...indescribably powerful & compelling...this is a must.-Alternative Press. ''...precise, complex & assured...marvelous.-Facelift. ''this is the real thing...some of the most amazing & completely insane chamber rock of the day.'' -Expose.