Dub Narcotic Session CD (New Atlantis Records)


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.

Track listing:

  1. Dis-mis-education
  2. After One
  3. Scavengers and Nomads
  4. Mind Control Free For All
  5. Where We Come From
  6. Awed By All