|Apr 06, 2017 | Thu | 17年04月06日|
|8:00 PM | 20時00分|
The screwed up, angry, either riff-based or totally abstract punk-metal-free jazz-noise played by Albatre may be one of the very best offers coming from the Rotterdam underground scene. Everything emerged in distortion and with a sometimes heavy, sometimes crazily fast beat. But if the music is explosive and always searching for the maximum impact,there’s a place for nuance and for detail, with the three contributors throwing intriguing elements to the magma of sound.
“ALBATRE is a brain blow. With a jazz -core vortex that devours us.”
Soft Kill Option
„Urbaner ﾖ-Jazz im Trioformat mit tiefergelegtem Chassis und der Lizenz zum Headbangen.(Falter Top 10 des Jahres 2015)
„Jazz, der vom Energielevel her ordentlich abgeht und so richtig schön kantig und ungehobelt aus den Boxen schallt.“
(Michael Ternai, MICA).
„Changierend zwischen Slowcore & speedy, funky & punky erinnern SKO ein wenig an Ken Vandermarks Spaceways Inc. File under: Urban Headbang Noir Jazz.“
(Klaus Nchtern, Falter)
„Grenzgänger einerseits, Experimentierer andererseits, die sich das Beste aus Jazz und Rock herausfiltern und zu einer Melange der Extraklasse verschmelzen.“
(Herbert Heil, wegotmusic.de)
„In ihren besten Momenten klingt diese Musik als wäre die Inbrunst des Jazzrock in den Sound von Rage Against The Machine gefahren und hätte noch ein bisschen was von King Crimson aus den 70ern mitgenommen.“
(Christoph Irrgeher, Wiener Zeitung)
Keyboard and drums duo Hexenschuss produce fast-paced, sharp and nasty instrumental tracks which merge classic EBM sensibilities with contemporary sound interests. The music is beat-driven and dirty, and shies away neither from experimental nor pop. It attacks all senses with relentless sound textures, sequencer-like beats, and guitar samples. Underneath the apparent simplicity of their hypnotic, repetitive music lies a deep, constantly evolving musicality.
The band members are influenced by a variety of artists, none of which could be traced in their sound. Although Hexenschuss believe in live instrumental performance (drums/keyboards) the approach towards the music they produce is more similar to the electronic music world. Minimalistic and repetitive trance-like phrases are very well influenced by techno music as well as alternative acts like the Fall. German Krautrockers Faust and their like were quite an influence on the sounds palette, whereas Post-Punk band Wire’s ability to compose less than two minutes long masterpieces certainly influenced the more song-based tracks.
The rhythms are complex but packed in a simple groovy beat, influenced by noise rock and sometimes prog rock. The keyboards are layered with distorted wall of sound which is still clear in definition and melody and it is played like an electric guitar set up. It avoids sequencing & sampling and is played like an analogue instrument – with effect racks that could be turned on and off and manipulated while playing. The combination of sounds can be described as mean and sweet, dark and cinematic. The noise that Hexenschuss make is usually either hypnotic psychedelic effect-soaked soundscapes wrapped around a hypnotic beat, or stripped-down but carefully structured skeletons of songs, very short, compressed and minimal – they’re not real songs, since there are no vocals on them, more like parodies or reflections about popular songwriting, usually made up of only two parts. Although their music is constructed of repetition of simple bass lines and drum beats, the foundation of their music is a good song structure.
The attitude of the duo is post-punk, meaning the music brings something new and doesn’t play an existing defined sound/genre. Hexenschuss music crosses over many genres and can attract music lovers from a wide range of styles- from dance to rock, from post-punk to general psychedelia.