The Thing - Northcote Social Club - 30 Jan 2010

Sun Jan 30

Northcote Social Club

301 High St


Maximum Arousal presents:

THE THING (Scandinavia) featuring Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love


ALAN COURTIS (Argentina) Guitarist of the legendary avant outfit Reynols




"The Thing convert nouveau punk and vintage garage-rock into a roaring scream-up, but the sheer energy and love of the music keep gimmickery at bay" Uncut

"Tapping into rock's most primal forces with the fire and fury that's something to behold" Mojo

"The sheer power they generate from wood, metal, breath and muscle is stunning" BBC


First ever Melbourne performance from these Scandinavian free music legends!!!

The high energy trio of Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, andPaal Nilssen-Love was established in February 2000 during a series of concerts and a recording in Stockholm. When they started out their repertoire consisted of tunes by Don Cherry, hence the group's name. Since then the group's has included other free jazz standards by David Murray, Frank Lowe, James Blood Ulmer and Norman Howard which collide with their unorthodox take on rock classics by PJ Harvey, David Bowie, The Sonics, White Stripes, Lightning Bolt & others.

The group features saxophone titan Mats Gustafsson, one of Europe's biggest names on the free music scene who has worked with a diverse array of artists such as Jim O'Rourke, Derek Bailey, Sonic Youth, Merzbow and Eye from the Boredoms amongst others. Via groups such as Gush, AALY trio and Peter Brötzmann`s Chicago Tentet, he has established himself as an extremely powerful saxophonist, and has virtually reinvented the way of playing it.
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have become known as Norway`s heaviest rhythm-section. Their ongoing collaboration started in 1992 and since then they have been working in several groups including School Days with Ken Vandermark, Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and the Swedish/Norwegian jazz-group Atomic.

Also appearing is ALAN COURTIS, legendary avant artiste from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alan was a founding member of the infamousReynols group who released a slew of albums including conceptual and/or absurd projects such as "10.000 Chicken Symphony", "Blank Tapes" and "The Whistling Kettle Quartet". Alan has released over 100 solo works and has collaborated with artists such as Pauline Oliveros, The Nihilist Spasm Band, Lee Ranaldo, Makoto Kawabata, RLW, Eddie Prevost, KK Null, Mattin, Rick & Alan Bishop, Yoshimi, Daniel Menche, Masonna, Toshimaru Nakamura, Solid Eye, Rudolf Eb.Er, Kouhei, MSBR, Yoshida Tatsuya, Tetuzi Akiyama, Ashtray Navigations, Michael Snow, Uton, Birchville Cat Motel, Dylan Nyoukis, MSBR, The New Blockaders, Jaap Blonk, Jazkamer, C.Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Aaron Moore, Avarus & Kemialliset Ystavat.

The music of Alan always has a strong experimental sense and is usually based on high-skilled/weird-ass techniques of prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, live electronics, objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools, playing traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments (unstringed guitar, for example).

Opening the night will be the ecstatic free-rock guitar/drums duo of Oren Ambarchi & Joe Talia

This show will be the only Melbourne performance of The Thing + Alan Courtis and promises to be a kick-ass evening that is not to be missed!!!

(forwarded from Oren Ambarchi)


Patch Wrangler said…
What is the start time?
Clinton said…
According to Oren Ambarchi, doors open 7:30pm, first act on at 8pm.