Retrospectiw III Review

The Flying Luttenbachers - Retrospectiw III

from Aiding and Abetting issue #166, 8/31/98
written by John Worley


Just in case you missed out on a couple of limited run EPs and
didn't manage to score all the compilations the Luttenbachers
ever appeared on. And in the case of the final track, a different
mastering level than what appeared on the compilation. Lots of
cool shit, all of it in that distinctively Flying Luttenbachers
style.

Which, if you didn't read the previous review (and why the hell
not?), is somewhat difficult to describe. There's an equation in
the liners. Free jazz=death metal=no wave. No wave, of course, is
a term familiar to fans of Skin Graft Records and the collection of
craziness which surrounds that venture (the Flying Luttenbachers
have played a nice part in that phenomenon).

The recording quality of some of these tracks isn't the greatest,
though to be honest, I don't think that matters much at all. I mean,
part of the joy of this music is the missed notes, notes which might,
in another sort of review, be called blue notes. And so what if there
are a few dropouts, some unintended distortional chaos? It's all part
of the whole.

And what this collection represents, really, is the whole of the band
from 1991 to 1995. A run of epochal proportions. Music which defies
any label except "really, really, you know, really great".




from the web page of Piero Scaruffi

I Flying Luttenbachers vennero formati nel tardo 1991 a Chicago dal
jazzista Hal Russell e da Walter.

Dopo due EP, 546 Seconds Of Noise (UgExplode, 1992), con gli spasimi
esplosivi di Attack Sequence e Life Of Grime, e 1389 Seconds Of Noise
(UgExplode, 1993), nel 1994 un quintetto comprendente Walter, Chad
Organ (sassofono), Ken Vandermark (sassofono e clarinetto), Jeb
Bishop (basso e trombone) e Dylan Posa (chitarra), pubblico` l'album
Constructive Destruction.

Senza Vandermark venne registrato Destroy All Music, uscito nel 1995.
Weasel cambia completamente collaboratori per Revenge (Skin Graft,
1996): Chuck Falzone (chitarra), Bill Pisarri (basso, violino e
clarinetto) e Weasel Walter (batteria e sassofono) costituiscono la
nuova formazione. Il suono ha abbandonato le tinte jazz dei primi
lavori, a favore di un approccio piu` sperimentale e miniaturistico,
nello stile del punk-jazz dei God Is My Co-Pilot. Manifesto del nuovo
corso e` Storm Of Shit, i cui martelli pneumatici si collocano al
confine fra Neu, Chrome, Captain Beefheart, DNA, Mars, free-jazz,
thrash-metal e musica industriale. Da li` in poi i pandemoni
grossolani di questo disco sono figli ideologici dalla violenza
inusitata della generazione punk, ma ben rappresentano la nevrosi
esasperata e la crisi di affabulazione della generazione X.





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