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And, of course, Anal Trump: The year in band names 2017 – The A.V. Club

“Tracks from this year’s Last Moments Of Misery: “Black Sky Absorbs You In,” “Thorn Sized Wounds,” “The Tear Between Life And Love,” “Dreading My Exclusion.” That whale is a real mope.” – The A.V. Club

BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver EP Review – SonicAbuse

“If the presence of Martin Bisi is a boon when it comes to piquing the interest, then the presence of a Nefarious Industries catalogue number on the sleeve is of paramount importance. Self-described as “the home of a bunch of big, dumb noise”, it is, to my mind, one of the few labels out there fighting against the creeping tide of commercialism in music. […] The label’s latest release is a beautifully packaged, perfectly recorded example of chaos in motion. Informed by the rampant experimentalism exhibited in Miles Davis’ ‘bitches brew’ and filtered through the lens of ‘sister’-era Sonic Youth, BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver features just five tracks and introduces the listener to a multi-faceted whirl of music, the like of which will leave the listener dizzy and uncertain. Syncopated beats and atonal chord progressions are the order of the day, all shot through with arcing feedback and layers of sheet-metal noise, and the result is a glimpse into the dark inspiration that the dark alleys of New York seem to foment. […] BRANDON SEABROOK’s Needle Driver ultimately sounds like nothing other than itself. Not for those for whom familiarity breeds safety, Needle Driver is an avant-garde masterpiece that throws down a rough-covered gauntlet to all those who would claim innovation in their art.” – SonicAbuse

Brandon Seabrook’s ‘Needle Driver’ – Nextbop

“Guitarist Brandon Seabrook‘s new album, Needle Driver, is quick and dirty. It could hardly be classified as a jazz album, but we’re going out on a limb and saying it is anyway. […] Allison Miller has always had a steady hand, and this mix of rock and jazz elements are an exceptional use of her abilities. Seabrook, who has been weird for a minute but has really let that side show this year, is playing his guitar in every possible direction and he’s bringing Deblase along with him on bass. Together, they’re a madcap trio whose songs are wrapped up long before you tire of them. It’s really that brief an album, so brief “rewards repeat listens” is by no means a cliche. Needle Driver is certainly one of those albums just worth a listen, no matter one’s proclivities.” – Nextbop

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER Debut Streaming At Decibel Magazine; Needle Driver EP Sees Release Friday Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

[photo by Roman Meisenberg] Decibel Magazine is now streaming the Needle Driver debut by BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER – the newest project of avant-jazz guitarist Brandon Seabrook – which sees release tomorrow via Nefarious Industries. The material on the Needle Driver EP was written and sharpened … Continue reading

Full Album Stream: Brandon Seabrook’s NEEDLE DRIVER – Decibel Magazine

Brandon Seabrook’s Needle Driver are one of those groups that really are almost impossible to classify, because “avant-jazz” and “alternative metal” just don’t do the band justice. Fronted by guitarist Brandon Seabrook and supported by bassist Johnny Deblase (Sabbath Assembly) and drummer Allison Miller (Ani Defranco, The Seth Myers Show), the trio defy musical expectations and typical song construction in favor of off-the-wall instrumental tracks that range from low and slow (“Ventwhorerisin’”) to erratic, jazzy shredfests (“Entropic Vacuum Party”).” – Decibel Magazine

Review: Brandon Seabrook’s NEEDLE DRIVER – MoshPitNation

“Like a large syringe being driven into the base of your brain stem by avante-garde genius Brandon Seabrook himself, his newest project NEEDLE DRIVER definitely lives up to its title. Scorching solos, bone crushing chord progressions, and hanging onto one note so long it makes an uncomfortably long Family Guy joke look tame. Melody takes a backseat to the groove throughout and time signatures are decimated on this jarring release. I would probably classify it as avante-garde jazz, but genres mean nothing to these musicians as they blaze a hole through most of them.” – MoshPitNation

From Dizzy Gillespie to Brandon Seabrook to Michael Leonhart to Jason Moran, in Take Five – WBGO

“If you know Brandon Seabrook, you probably know the role he plays as a human special effect, on guitar or banjo, in all manner of experimental settings. (In this space last week, he turned up as a member of Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double.) But it’s when he’s left to his own devices that Seabrook goes the most berserk — in a band like Seabrook Power Plant, or with sparring partners like trumpeter Peter Evans. Now comes his latest provocation, NEEDLE DRIVER, with Johnny Deblase on electric bass and Allison Miller on drums. […] This track, “Entropic Vacuum Party,” highlights some unresolved issues with thrash metal, along with a more generally impertinent and concussive rapport.” – WBGO

BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER: “Entropic Vacuum Party” Debuted Via WBGO’s Take Five As Debut Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

[photo by Roman Meisenberg] “Entropic Vacuum Party” is the new single off the Needle Driver debut by BRANDON SEABROOK’S NEEDLE DRIVER, the song debuted through eminent jazz station WBGO’s weekly online playlist, Take Five, with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Leonhart, Jason … Continue reading