‘Disco Erosion’ captures the visceral energy of Shatner’s Bassoon’s live performances, retaining their brazen and uncompromising identity, which is not only drawn from their mesmerizing resonance but largely from its bold and direct delivery. Each member has a wide and disparate influence and approach to making music which all filters into the bands overall sound.
As menacing as it is playful, the album is built on intricate yet often evasive song structures, angular rhythms and anxiety inducing psychedelia. The distinct featured instrumentation includes circuit bent delay pedals for keyboard, a myriad of off-kilter sax, a slice of Theremin, clarinet, cowbell and a pinch of Transylvanian organ. The result is a glitchy and deranged carnival of paranoia, which blends influences from the likes of Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, The Cardiacs, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Man From Uranus and Fred Frith.
‘Disco Erosion’ is Shatner’s Bassoon most accomplished and urgent recording to date.
released April 27, 2018
Oliver Dover – Alto/Baritone Saxophone & clarinet
Craig Scott – Guitar
Johnny Richards – Keyboards
Michael Bardon – Bass
Joost Hendrickx - Drums
All compositions by Johnny Richards
All music arranged & performed by Shatner’s Bassoon
Produced, recorded & mixed by Tim Thomas
Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters
Recorded at The Lodge Studios.
Artwork by Split / Shatner's Bassoon.
Wow it's been a loooong time since I've been this excited about a prog album. PoiL and Ni are great bands in their own rights, but this project is so much more than the sum of its parts. I've not heard anything else quite like it, it's never boring. If I didn't know better I'd think these dudes are all actual wizards, especially with that band photo. 11/10 strongly recommended. sky · ghost
Thanks to the nice-endof-year-offer I came to fill this gap in my private worm collection (a, pardon me, worm hole, so to speak :-))
Wonderful reminiscence to many good things past (Canterbury, 70s prog, folk rock) with a good sense of humour and great ideas (both in the songwriting & in the arrangements) . Carsten Pieper