Seabrook Power Plant: Seabrook Power Plant (2009)
A combination of free improvisation, death metal and politicized punk, Seabrook Power Plant's repertoire of effects goes from the "Tennessee Waltz"-like opening of "Waltz of the Nuke Workers" to the guitar shredding and drum thrashing of "I Don't Feel So Good." As good a guitarist as Brandon Seabrook is, though (he can suggest a lineage with David Fiuczynski and Nels Cline), he may be most interesting as a banjoist. At the heart of something like "Ho Chih Min Trail" or "Feedlot Polio" is an interest in alien sounds and the banjo as a new resource. In Seabrook's hands, the banjo takes on aspects of the Chinese pipa, an instrument for virtuoso epics. The trio possesses real power and a strong collective identity, but it's Brandon Seabrook's sense of mayhem that demands most of a listener's attention.
Track Listing: Peter Dennis Blanford Townshend; Ho Chi Minh Trail; Waltz of the Nuke Workers; Occupation 1977; Base Load Plant Theme; I Don't Feel So Good; Feedlot Polio; Doomsday Shroud.
Personnel: Brandon Seabrook: banjo, guitar; Tom Blancarte: bass; Jared Seabrook: drums.
Record Label: Loyal Label
Style: Beyond Jazz