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Venue:
Kung Fu Necktie1248 N. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $10 General Admission
Friday, April 24, 2009 - 8:00pm

The Thing

Mats Gustafsson (Sweden), baritone saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (Norway), contrabass
Paal Nilssen-Love (Norway), drums

"Free Jazz ecstasy meets Garage Rock intensity. Scandinavian action jazz ensemble The Thing visit Philadelphia for a rare intimate performance following the release of their limited edition box set 'Now and Forever' and in anticipation to their upcoming Steve Albini produced release 'Bag it'. The Thing blends the spontaneity and imagination of classic free jazz with the emotional immediacy of underground garage rock. With acoustic traditional jazz instrumentation, the three young Scandinavians can match the power of the fiercest rock band. The Thing's repertoire consists of 60's era new-jazz (Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, James Blood Ulmer, David Murray) and reinterpretations of underground rock classics (PJ Harvey, White Stripes, The Ex, Lighting Bolt). This is no watered down jazz-rock here. The Thing take the most uncompromising aspects of both genres and turn up the heat. Tearing down the walls that separate free jazz, punk rock, garage, noise and improv with wicked glee, The Thing shine a searing hot light on the idiocy of getting hung up on categories.

The Thing's genre defying spirit has led to collaborations with a wide range of today's most creative musicians including Joe McPhee, Thurston Moore, Otomo Yoshihide, Ken Vandermark, Peter Brotzmann and many others. Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is a frequent collaborator with Sonic Youth and is featured on their recent release entitled ""Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth"" with Japanese noise legend Merzbow. Since their first collaboration in 1992, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love have established themselves as Norway's heaviest rhythm-section through their work with the group Element. Today they are active in School Days with Ken Vandermark, the Scorch trio with Raoul Björkenheim, and Atomic."