Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Zu - 4 new CDs and 7" out now and exploding live performances

The exploding mixture of no wave, free jazz, punk, noise is by now a unique and recognizable trademark that the italian instrumental trio Zu, Massimo Pupillo (Bass), Jacopo Battaglia (Drums) and Luca Mai (Alto & Baritone Saxophone), make detonate in every track and in every live performance.

Their musical experimentation and research has already fascinated a lot of artists that started to collaborate with Zu: Sonic Youth Thurston Moore & Jim O' Rourke, The Melvins, Fantomas, The Ex, Dälek, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Hamid Drake, Eugene Chadbourne, DJ Olive, Damo Suzuki and others.
Zu are in the record stores with 4 (four!) new CDs and 7" out in last 6 months:

"The Way Of the Animal Powers" in quartet with the cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm on XENG

"How To raise An Ox" in quartet with Mats Gustafsson on baritone sax on Atavistic

"Ardecore", traditional roman folk "murder ballads" with Geoff Farina on il Manifesto

Zu/Dälek 2 songs split 7" on Wallace

I saw Zu in concert last January 4, 2006 @ Galleria Toledo in Napoli.
What a great powerful and devastating live performance!
Odd tempos' drums, pulsating basslines, raging winds. Tribal and hypnothic sound explosion.
A cathartic collective epilepsy seized the audience. Instinct and bowels.
I can't describe it. Go and hear them around Europe.

Here are some songs from their last album:

Zu - The Way of the Animal Powers - Tom Araya is our Elvis (mp3 download)

Zu - The Way of the Animal Powers - Things fall apart (mp3 download)

Zu - The Way of the Animal Powers - Farewell to the species (mp3 download)

And the video of the split 7" with Dälek:

Zu (feat. Okapi) vs. Dälek - Spiritual healing
(video download)

Enjoy Zu!