Matt Turner & Chum: Never, Never Now
Pieces such as “Misfortune Cookie” feature Song’s heavy lead bass, Mettam’s pounding and resilient straight four beats amid somewhat somber lines by Turner who injects a bit of sobriety into the quite playful demeanor. “All Alone” is a cosmic ballad enhanced by Song’s harmonics, Turner’s probing lines and Mettam’s backwash of cymbals yet “Monkey Talk/Chim Chim” borders thrash rock along with the glib vocals of John Mettam. “Fire” is a piece that would fit right in with the “Sonic Youth” crowd thanks to a slightly in-your-face motif, enhanced by Mettam’s electronically distorted vocals and punishing rhythms.
Never, Never Now is a blast! You’re not liable to hear many bands of this nature as the tenacity, resolve and three-dimensional approach succeeds at maintaining a high level of interest although some of this is noticeably tongue-in-cheek. Without a doubt Turner and co. were having some fun with this project and it shows, much to the listener’s delight! * * * *
Matt Turner; Cello and Voice: Jeff Song; Bass and Lead Voice: John Metal; Drums and Lead Voice.
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Record Label: Stellar Sound
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock