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Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Electric Fruit

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My, what an odd band. Weasel Walter was the drummer and ringleader of the Flying Luttenbachers, a group dedicated to finding common ground between free improvisation, art music and the most extreme strains of punk and hard rock. Mary Halvorson is an avant-garde guitarist who splits her time between rock and jazz. Peter Evans studied classical trumpet but plays in the irony-fueled jazz group Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

Electric Fruit rumbles out of the gate like some unholy alliance of Derek Bailey, Die Like a Dog and P.T. Barnum. That instruments could make some of these sounds is probably news to many. Walter doesn’t so much drum as he tinkers with the kit like a college student who’s consumed a bit too much Four Loko; Halvorson does everything imaginable to her electric guitar-plucking it gently, distorting it, power-rocking it-often within the space of a few measures. Evans comments over the interplay, trying to get a note in edgewise.

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