Flat Earth Society - Terms Of Em-Barr-Ass-Ment
Flat Earth Society was founded in 1998, when clarinetist and composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after his bands Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally.Vermeersch assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable musicians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band.
This album is ostensibly their tribute to Frank Zappa, and it is, in terms of creative music, but only three of the tracks are covers of Frank's work and one of them is a great, insanely scored mashup of about 100 assorted themes and riffs of Franks all stuck together in under 4 minutes. The Zappa tunes are something like 1/3rd the playing time, so, you don't have to be a Zappa fan to want and appreciate this!
Peter Vermeersh Keyboards, Composer, Saxophone
Stefaan Blancke Saxophone, Trombone
Benjamin Boutreur Saxophone
Berlinde Deman Tuba
Bart Maris Trumpet
Michel Mast Saxophone
Marc Meeuwissen Trombone
Kristof Roseeuw Double Bass
Luc Van Lieshout Trumpet
Peter Vandenberghe Keyboards, Piano
Bruno Vansina Flute, Baritone Sax
Pierre Vervloesem Guitar
Tom Wouters Clarinet, Vibes
Mauro Pawlowski Chant, Guitar
"Homage to Zappa or not, he's dead anyway".
"Is there any artist crazier than Flat Earth Society? Perhaps not, but then again, there was Frank – Zappa, that is.
In ‘Terms of Embarrassment’ the Flat Earth Society, in combination with guitar gods Pierre Vervloesem and Mauro Pawlowski, is paying homage to the pleasantly disturbed artistic jack-of-all-trades.
Mauro Pawlowski, known for his outlandish taste for musical experiments, is a major figure in Belgian rock. He was, after all, the leader of Evil Superstars and a member of dEUS. Pierre Vervloesem, avant-garde guitarist and a regular member of Flat Earth Society, has been called the "Belgian Frank Zappa ". Known as an experimenter in sounds and instruments, had already paid homage to Zappa by dedicating a minute of silence to him on the last track of his album "Home Made" in 1994.
Don’t expect covers, but rather a concert which will make Zappa’s trusted moustache shine once more from the grave. It is an evening of fresh material, embarrassing moments, overly long guitar solos, stirring group passages and a smattering of ‘Zappaesque’ mutations.
The tracks on this album were recorded live in 2014 over a series of concerts in Boomtown/Handelsbeurs, Ghent Stadsschouwburg, Mechelen, Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam Stadsschouwburg, Sint-Niklaas Chassé Theater and Breda."
Here's a great track from the album: