The First year Zero Records release, Scouts of Uzbekistan are the core members of Mark Carolan and Jonny Zchivago(both from Leicester,UK), plus a floating co-operative of members too numerous to list here. Mark, formerly occupied the drum stools of Pete Bassman’s post spaceman 3 outfit, Alphastone and other Rugby(uk) scensters Uberfuzz, and here flexes more of his musical muscles than was exhibited in previous groups.
The music contained within the digital data stored on “Fun Lovin’ Muslims” is minimal avant rock, with a strong rhythmical presence of the excellent drumming of Mr Carolan.Starting with a tribute to the father of discord,by a version of Rhys Chatham’s “Guitar Trio” ,the album was mostly recorded live and improvised. Tonal textures are provided by samples of distorted noise bursts, bizarre dialogue recordings and textural lead and bass guitars.There is even the appearance of melancholic melodies in between the guitar driven soundscapes. Something for all the family, although you’d have to be a pretty bizarre family.
Use This Heat, 23 Skidoo, and Can as a point of reference.
(click on the highlighted titles for sample tunes)
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