Rust Ionics - Moving/Pictures (Colour Sounds LP)
More snuff jazz purveyors led by drummer Adam Kriney who seems to be all over the place as of late. You read about La Otracina a while back, then Owl Xounds not too long ago, and now the final piece of the package sent my way in, fuckin', October. Rust Ionics is a rule-busting jazz unit akin, certainly more Owl than Otracina, featuring Kriney on drums (natch), Ed Chang on saxophone and Doug Theriault on electric guitar, the latter two which play together in DUAL. The blurb over on the Colour Sounds page (Kriney's label...natch) tells the tale of this being quote "the most insane recording [Kriney] has ever recorded". Don't know if it's been bested since then since I'm not terrifically up to date with all of Adam's happenings, but it must be at least a contendor if not at the absolute top of the list. Don't know if it can hang with the Borbetomagus, PainKiller and Fushitsusha references dropped in said blurb, but I'm sure all three served as strong influence. And besides, this ain't no pissing contest.
I spose I could say that Rust Ionics are a bit less, uh, esoteric than Owl Xounds, but they make up for it in gusto. Side A joins the trio in progress, with Kriney already beating out a Neanderthral no wave stomp and Chang blowing high-spirited, upper-echelon alto snarks and twists. Theriault's guitar contributions are surprisingly minimal at first, limited to solely background shading via wrenched groans. Later when the group settle in, Theriault pushes out muted, plucked undercurrents with Chang still splattering endless nodes of vibrant horn work and Kriney sticking to cymbal-glancing splashes. The saxophone sounds almost processed around this point as Chang drops chemical cluster bombs of mutant howling, scooped up by Kriney's now-thudding declarations. It all comes to a head in the span of about six seconds and closes off the side sweetly. The flip features similar charges of assault and battery highlighted by an excellent solo spot from Chang who, if he wasn't before, is definitely running his saxophone through something now, or he's gotta be channeling the breath of the beast from iron lungs. Theriault's guitar only scrapes center stage once, and it's in partial duet with shortform gasps with Chang, so he may while he may not be encroaching on Sonny Sharrock's turf, the group sound mustered up is still very much Last Exit (or, to be still more precise, Peter Brotzmann's recent "Full Blast" record with Marino Pliakas and Michael Wertmuller), if for no other reason than the shared punk rock/heavy metal ethos. This whole Adam Kriney/Colour Sounds axis is proving to be a satisfying addition/alternative to other current jazz form destroyers c'est-a-dire Graveyards, Chris Corsano's various skirmishes, Daniel Carter/Test, Steve Baczkowski, Bill Nace/x.0.4., and all the rest. "Moving/Pictures" (Rush?!) is limited to a paltry 311 (311?!) pieces and can be available for $12 U.S., $16 world. Comes in a clear sleeve on sexy, transluscent blue vinyl (as you can see) too. Head on over to Colour Sounds to score MP3 samples and what are surely final copies at this point.