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Slag​-​welter

by Embers

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about

Embers grew out of the slow collapse of 'bucketrider' and featured myself, Adam and Sean from that band. Brought into the fold was elder statesman, 'loud', Dutch tenor saxophonist Kris Wanders, a Globe Unity Orchestra alumni. So here we had the force of the twin tenor assault with the seasoned rhythm section. All Embers playing was undiscussed and improvised. Slag-welter was originally released on Heathen Skulls in 2008.

"That night the kid would see one of them sort with his hand among the absolute embers for a right coal with which to light his pipe"

Andy Hamilton, The Wire
The debut CD from the Australian quartet of Adam Simmons on saxes, Kris Wanders on tenor, Dave Brown on bass and Sean Baxter on drums, is an extended soundblast of jazz/rock free Improv. The group aimed for a lo-fi punk aesthetic, and that approach informs the music itself. Ecstatic free jazz is the premise but with the raw sound and extreme volume of grindcore and noise - in their native Melbourne the group mostly play on bills with metal and noise bands. Dave Brown is virtuosic on his microtonal bass, and Baxter synthesises free jazz and fractured rock, propelling the saxophone front-line into some awesome apocalyptic musings. I found the lo-fi wall of sound offputting at first, and there are subtleties lost in the sonic blur - but then I'd argue that fidelity is an ideal not an ideology. But the group's conviction pushes such aesthetic debates aside.

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released February 1, 2008

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candlesnuffer Melbourne, Australia

David Brown aka candlesnuffer (b. 1956, Melbourne, Australia) loves toucans, mannequins, tenor guitars and guitar preparations, not to mention stomp boxes. He has developed a range of tiny sounds amplified outside their regular domain to function at rock volume. Occasionally plays a quartertone bass. ... more

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