BRAIN DRAIN (LP Gatefold, 180g)
Peter Van Huffel Alto & Baritone Saxophones, Effects | Roland Fidezius Electric Bass, Effects | Rudi Fischerlehner Drums, Percussion
Available on CD
Peter Van Huffel’s journey through the combination of jazz and rock, alien to the fusion tradition of the seventies and the collage of the nineties, proceeds with yet another opus from the Gorilla Mask gang, as always inclusive of the mindblowing rhythm section of Roland Fidezius and Rudi Fischerlehner. “Brain Drain” is a mishmash of punk, metal, jazz, free improvisation and written avant-garde music, always in the process of construction and deconstruction, going from persistent, headbanging riffs and grooves to abstract and puzzling situations or vice-versa, without excuses nor preconceptions. Black Sabbath is in the house, as are John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, two primary influences of the Berlin-based canadian saxophonist. The energy is overwhelming, but there are melodies on it, not only hammering rhythms or crazy textures. Highly emotional, but also structurally complex with fractured rhythms and bended tempos, this is the music of our present times: full of rage but also of joy. Deep, restless, invigorating and open to any possibility, all the qualities we expect from the art of sounds.
All compositions by Peter Van Huffel (GEMA)
Recorded by Christian Heck at Blackbird Music Studio Berlin, Germany on May 20th & 21st, 2019 | Mixed by Christian Heck at Tonart Studio, Kerpen, Germany | Mastered by James Plotkin at Plotkinworks, Pennsylvania USA.
Produced by Peter Van Huffel & GORILLA MASK | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Studio photos by David Beecroft | Live concert photos by René Greffin | Cover Design by Travassos