Thollem and Brian first met in New York City during the summer of 2012, performing as a trio with bassist James Ilgenfritz. The following year saw the release of The Whistling Joy Jumpers, a collaboration between Thollem, Brian, and the legendary Jad Fair (of Half Japanese). In the summer of 2013, Thollem and Brian traveled to Olympia, Washington, to record a session at K Records' storied Dub Narcotic studio. During the first day of the session, their guitarist fell ill, leaving Thollem and Brian with a day in the studio. The fittingly titled Dub Narcotic Session is the free-ranging result, defying handy categorization, set in spontaneously unfolding linear landscapes of sonic terrain.
‘Mind Control Free For All’ is charged with a kinetic punk undercurrent, blossoming into swaths of explosive energy. The lyrical ‘Where We Come From’ evokes the modal excursions of Sonny Sharrock and Alice Coltrane, underpinning a reverence for tonality and the blues with an expertly shifting rhythmic foundation. By contrast, ‘Dis-Mis-Education’ erupts with scatter-shot, stagger-stepped free improvisation from the outset, unfaltering through the track’s close.