If we may quote Bart Simpson, "I don't think any of us were expecting that". 'Words To The Blind' is the result of a bunch of punks making one thirty-seven minute track comprised of what they refer to as a "sonic poem" that has its roots in Dadaism and surrealist art. I'd say it's recommended for fans of both bands, but that'd be promising a lot -- maybe if you like Kevin Drumm, though.

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Words To The Blind by Bo Ningen & Savages
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6/10 Clinton 13 November 2014

Oh lordy what *have* we here? Savages kind of fancy themselves as avant garde art punks so it seemed perfectly natural for them to hook up with squally space rockers Bo Ningen for this collaborative improvised jazz tinged sprawl which will test the patience of even the most discerning of listeners. The sound they produce is something akin to Derek Smalls experimental work ‘Jazz Odyssey’ performed in a wind tunnel. There are screeches, yelps, guitars played with that kind of panic people have when they have no idea what to play. Yet there is certainly power in it particularly as it progresses as the instruments start to mesh after a fashion.  The result is the sound of two bands jamming at once not particularly listening to what the other is doing. On the second side, something more musical erupts out of the chaos. It’s held together by a jazz funk bassline, space rock ethereal guitars and some Jaki Liebezeit style drum patterns. This is better and not all that far removed from some of Can’s space-jams. a little busy I’d say but Jehnny Beth's vocals hold it together and a nice ‘Future Days’ bass pattern emerges. They’ve clinched victory from the jaws of defeat.

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