Cactus Truck: Brand New For China! (2012)
This trio with bassist/guitarist Jasper Stadhouders and drummer Onno Govaert, has its roots in other power outfits like the electric groups of Peter Brotzmann (Last Exit, Hairy Bones and Trio Roma), The Thing and Zu. Brutal, furious and uncompromising, but with punk aesthetics; meaning that this trio plays fast, with a dirty sound and often ridiculously short pieces.
The sonic assault begins with the longest piece, "Aporia" the A side, of the vinyl version of this album ten minutes of explosive, skronky playing by all three musicians. Dikeman's dominant screams pierce the sky, Stadhouders' distorted and aggressive bass and guitar lines intensifies the sonic mayhem and Govaert's fractured, unpredictable rhythmic pattern keeps all on their edge.
The B side begins with another super-fast sonic attack, the compact, 26-second "Search and Restore." The other pieces"Coitophobe" and "Sweet Movie"still continue in a similarly muscular, energetic vein, but with more open dynamics and room for solo articulations. 24 chaotic and noisy seconds of "Plork" seal the vinyl version.
The bonus pieces on the CD version include the punkish "The snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea," that sounds like it's as paying tribute to improvised dynamics of fellow Dutch bend The Ex (and The Ex's guitarist, Terrie Hessels, collaborated with the trio). The 23 seconds of explosive "La la la la labia time!" conclude this wild ride.
Brand New For China! clocks at compact 30 minutes, but all offer noisy bliss.
Track Listing: Aporia; Search and Restore; Coitophobe; Sweet Movie; Plork; The snotgreen sea, the scrotumtightening sea; La la la la labia time!.
Personnel: John Dikeman: soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones; Jasper Stadhouders: guitar, bass; Onno Govaert: drums.
Record Label: Public Eyesore