Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Angel City Dust (2009)
Drummer Joseph Berardi's often pummeling and turbo-mode backbeats offer a mammoth undercurrent. Driven by spirited sax and harmonica breakouts, the musicians lay it all out with foot-stomping pulses and brain-rattling avant, boogie rockers amid the knotty time signatures. They toss in a few oddball digressions and wail away throughout the entire session.
Liebig takes a fluid, yet monstrous bass solo atop Berardi's relentless thrust on "Locustland," and the soloists turn up the heat with frenetic lines during the intense frameworks heard on the aptly titled, "Fire and Ice." In other regions of sound and scope, the artists execute off-kilter dirges, along with hard-edged bump and grind motifs. Moreover, Barrett and Atherton generate an interesting series of harmonic phrasings, given the odd instrumentation pairing. Hence, the band imparts a cleverly articulated balance, consisting of cerebral implications, punishing jazz-based improvisations and a rollicking and rolling undercurrent.
Track Listing: Fingeroo; Wool; All Gone; Empty; Locustland; Fire & Ice; Lonelyheart; Slow Burn Fever; Kingfish; Out, Down and Over; Headlock; Peach Tree; Topped Off.
Personnel: Tony Atherton: alto saxophone; Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion; Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica; Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitars.
Record Label: pfMentum
Style: Fringes of Jazz