Weiss, Cameron, Hill Drumgasm on LP + Download
Drum Supergroup featuring Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Janet Weiss (Quasi, Wild Flag, Sleater Kinney) & Zach Hill (Hella, Death Grips)
"Let's get this out of the way - for the casual listener, the musical window shopper, there is just nothing for you here. This music will confuse you, maybe annoy you, perhaps even cause a panic attack. Even reading about it will probably just confuse and annoy; so better just stop now and forget about it.
"Alright - who's left? You are not 90% - you are the music freaks, the true heads, and of course... the drummers! Because, this record is a document of what happens when Matt Cameron, Janet Weiss, and Zach Hill - three of the most remarkable drummers of late period rock & roll, whose collective roll call of bands - Pearl Jam, Sleater-Kinney, Hella, Quasi, Soundgarden,Wild Flag, Death Grips, Boredoms - have had a heavy impact on all levels of rock & roll from full blown arena rock to the radical fringe underground, set up together in a room & just commence to EXPLODE.
"I'm in a unique position to comment on this music, as I actually scammed my way into the session, on the pretext of video taping the whole thing. Did I actually shoot some footage? I don't even remember, because, sitting there in the room as it all went down, I was just transported by the spirit, the energy, the fire, which was being generated in large doses. Three people, three drum kits, some microphones and a reel of tape - that's it: pure spontaneity. There's nothing out there that's very comparable to this - maybe the Voodoo drum ritual music of the Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin, is all I can think of, though admittedly even that is a pretty far cry.
"After the session was done and mixed, I was given access to the recordings, and I spent hours listening closely, parsing out the details in what seems at first like a Niagara Falls of sound. In fact it's very possible to pick out what each of the drummers is doing at a given time (they are given distinct areas within the stereo spectrum), and zoom in on action/reaction, call and response, time games, shifting levels of synchronization and de-synchronization, repetition and pattern... it's all there if you want to dissect it.
"But eventually I found that simply relaxing into the sound, riding the contours of energy, density, movement, was probably the most rewarding way of listening to this music. At this level, the experience is deeply calming, as the sound becomes a river, sometimes roaring in a torrent, other times opening up to reveal subsurface details, but always moving, flowing... people spend all day watching rivers flow by like this, maybe pretending to try & catch fish. One could likewise spend all day listening to this music flow by, except the time limits imposed by the LP format have pared the music down to more reasonable chunks.
"So for us, the freaks, the heads, this is gold: masters of their instruments in a frenzy of creation - creation for its own sake, for the love of music and sound and drums, a universe away from music as product, musician as brand. Dig it." - Armitage Shanks