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- Boot by The Thing
8/10 Ian Staff review, 21 November 2013
Freeform jazz/garage skronkers The Thing bring you this latest album and the first for their own Thing Records label. I feel kinda bad reviewing this really as Our Mike here would love this but he’s on holiday so he can’t review it himself, but I’ll soldier on and try to do it some justice. ‘Boot’ is a heady jazz racket (and I mean that in a good way!) from three guys that are part of the Scandinavian free jazz scene, Mats Gustafsson who is a long time member of Fire! and the whole Rune Grammofon label, with Norwegian Jazz musicians Paal Nilssen-Love and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten.
On this album they create Freeform Jazz with an emphasis on rock, as well as the screaming saxophone it’s the rhythm section that really holds it together, the electric bass is distorted and growling while the drums thunder through almost in a world of their own. Mixing up free jazz with a punk energy makes for pretty hard stuff, discordant, muscular and a real sense of urgency, under all that noise there are moments of funk and soul that proves ‘Boot’ is bound to appeal to fans of both the rock and jazz communities.
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