Wizard Tone Records
Adelaide power-jazz trio Yeahyeahabsolutelnoway! features drums (Stephen Neville) and two guitars (Sam Cagney, James Brown) and on their most recent full-lengther, Ah.., they ran the gamut from slinky, cocktail-hour groove pieces (Doubt) to post-rock-meets-prog/fusion workouts (Do – The Liquefactionist Jig).
There are liquid guitar lines (If It Wasn’t The Way It Is, Then It Wouldn’t Be The Way It Is) and Bill Frisell-ballad moments…but the general mood and feel is one that twists and writhes, again, much in the way the Frisell often does. A song can start out gentle and calm but as the guitars wind around one another the tension rachets and the rock breaks out.
These are great players and this is a hell of a trip. There’s beautiful restraint one minute (The Perks of Being A Wallflower) and good old-fashioned power-sludge the next (Fall). There’s a Zappa-like shimmer to Directioner, a bit of Buckethead on Frontier, and even some Satriani/Vai flashbacks (Yes. Yes.)
But in and around all of that is a jazz-funk flow, that’s thanks largely to Neville’s work behind the kit. Rock-solid, but also, in many ways, the song-shaper. The guitars perform the dance of course, but it’s the drummer dictating the steps.
I imagine these guys would be one hell of a trip to see live. Where it could go is anyone’s guess. Think of this as just as snapshot, a few starting points for what the live experience is, for where that could go. This is head music. And heart music. All at once.