“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
“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
[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
“HUMANS ETCETERA is the project of U.S. citizen Christopher Henry, who lives and records in China. The album is a melodic, sometimes dreamy, sometimes abrasive indie rock record that recalls the likes of alt-rock heavyweights like Failure as well as slowcore heroes Low.” – Treble
HUMANS ETCETERA, the creation of China-based American multi-instrumentalist Christopher Henry, will unveil the outfit’s eighth full-length, Intelligent Skeleton, via Nefarious Industries this Friday. Advancing its release, Treble is now streaming the entire album early, alongside an interesting set of track-by-track notes … Continue reading
“You may not immediately recognize the name BIONATOPS, but you’re likely familiar with the two dudes behind this oddball avant garde rock project. Ringleader Joseph Spiller is a longtime friend of the site, and is known for his band Caricature in addition to serving time in acts such as System Divide and Binary Code. Percussionist Jeff Willet has done session and touring drums for many acts in the past, most notably Black Crown Initiate and Aborted Existence. Their new project is unlike anything that their lineage may suggest; their debut album VOICES is wonky Primus and Mike Patton worship that often hints at thrash leanings.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Needle Driver is the latest experiment of Brooklyn musician Brandon Seabrook. The hard-to-describe EP seamlessly bridges contemporary classical music, experimental jazz, and mathcore into a nasty instrumental tapestry. The trio even includes some microtonal intervals, spotted in the song “venwhorerisin’”. The five compositions are too quickly gone, but they provide an endless amount of entertainment while they last: uncommon time signatures, odd harmonies, complex and exhausting melodies, as well as a knack for deranged structures that somehow hold themselves together.” – Can This Even Be Called Music?