US - Illinois - Full Moon 74 - 10/21/02
The On Fillmore s/t disc teams Kotche up with stalwart bassist Darin Gray for a drum and bass
workout that is so economic as to never waste a metallic overtone or use a locked-in rhythmic cycle
superfluously. "Cave Crickets" brings up ringing gamelan pot breaks into a bass line that is as
meaty and circular as the finest acoustic bass sausage-links of '60's Sun Ra sideman Ronnie Boykins.
Kotche's chime overtones sizzle, shimmering the tweeters while Gray gnaws at the casing, plucking
the bottom vigorously, exploding over the final four minutes into a delicious double-timed bass
drum break cycle with some added cowbell clanks that dips the meat into the mustard for some serious
chugging funk. One for the dance floors.
"Captive Audience" is a minimal song box miniature that commences with the kitchen drawer rattled
loose from its lethargy with hovering xylophones and rattles as the bass is solemnly plucked. The
strewn clangs slowly come into focus as having a definite shape. The circular patterns grow more
expansive in an unassuming manner, turning in a way so as to slowly hypnotize the ears with its
beautiful post-Tortoise menageries, shimmering from every interlocking angle of measure over its
Things somehow slow even more for the gracefully plodding hits of "Beautiful Funeral," which
slowly disintegrates into flanged chimes and building bass thunder, collapsing into discordant
noises that are vaporized into "Accidental Chase," vicious in its stomping hits and rotations.
There are certain moments when you hope for the intrusion of another presence, but the two
hold down the fort admirably with the barest of instrumental necessities. Both players have the
unique ability, as well as sensitivity, to be more than four arms, and yet never overreach or
burden their sound palette with distracting runs or hits. The precision of both percussion and
pulled four strings is one of the most restrained and supple I've come across in recent memory,
and would fulfill your need for rhythms and further beyond-Wilco sound explorations wonderfully.
Please see Glenn Kotche review.
Copyright © 2002 Andy Beta