New York's quartet Gutbucket (bassist Eric Rockwin, saxophonist Ken Thompson, guitarist Ty Citerman, drummer Paul Chuffo)
played music of a frenzied and caustic wit straddling the border between punk-rock and progressive-rock on
Insomniacs Dream (Knitting Factory, 2001),
Dry Humping the American Dream (Enja, 2003),
Sludge Test (2006), that includes a rock version of Messiaen's Danse de la Fureur, Pour les Sept Trompettes .
A Modest Proposal (Cuneiform, 2009) rarely stands up to the group's
reputation for ferocious music.
Head Goes Thud features a shoegazing wall of guitar noise
and a saxophone that alternates between clownish moves and passionate phrases.
That's the most original idea on the album. The closing,
Brain Born Outside of Its Head, rivals it with a gargantuan rhythm
and comic guitar noises, a horror theme in disguise.
There is less punk now and more "prog", peaking with the
Canterbury-esque merry-go-round of More More Bigger Better Easter with Cheese.
The virulent Carnivore is counterbalanced by the bluesy
Gutbucket aimes for the brain not for the guts, a fact emphasized by the
convoluted and cerebral structure of Side Effects May Include, that
dabbles in several different techniques at the same time (notably minimalist
Multi-reedist Ken Thompson also leads the Asphalt Orchestra.
He also formed Slow/Fast (featuring Russ Johnson's trumpet) that debuted with
It Would Be Easier If (2010), a series of lengthy intricate compositions,
including the rocking Goddamn You Ice Cream Truck.
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