The London Evening News (with Damo Suzuki)

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Live album (mastered) of gig at The Bull & Gate, London, 8 March 2004.

Review:

NICK SOUTHGATE, THE WIRE MAGAZINE
‘Bob Dylan is not the only artist on a neverending tour: Damo Szuki picks up a different outfit at every stop, and in March 2004 at London’s Bull & Gate, he hooked up with Now, who had already been forging their own melange of Krautrock, synth pop and lo-fi for a few years. The result is an explosive set that holds well against anything Suzuki recorded in or outside of Can. . . The album creeps into life as Damo’s guttural whispers and stutters get “Knopp Off” into gear. The group knock themselves into shape one rimshot and wah-snag at a time until the piece rolls itself into a shuddering, funky whole. “Metro Girl” has a tinny hi-hat tempo, swaying with low-slung bass and mangled disco-zaps from the keyboard. “One And One Equal One” is another honourable entry in ‘the short history of poor mathematics in rock’ and is also a hypnotic slice of motorik fuzz to boot. Its followed up by the one downbeat moment on the album, “Acid Test”, a slow paced fragmentary lament. The closing workout is the magnificent “The Zero Game”, an ARP synth-loop fued bounce boogie with a two-note guitar part that Michael Karoli would have been proud of. In the latter stages it features that rarest and most precious of things – some psych trumpet playing that adds a glorious spray of Technicolor energy not heard since The Beatles’ far-out excursion “Its All Too Much”.’

credits

released November 26, 2012

Musicians: Damo Suzuki, Justin Paton (guitar/synth/perc), Giles Narang (drums), Yuhi Nakano (sampler, synth, guitar), Craig Tamlin (trumpet, perc), Caspar Gordon (trombone, synth, perc), Peter Lowis (bass).
Original album art: Ralph Beckford
Realisation: Tonal Davidson
Recorded by Amir Shoat
Mastered by Justin Paton

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NOW was founded in 1998 with the aim to bring together adventurous multi-instrumentalists who are as much in love with analogue synthesizers and electronics as they are with guitars, percussion and traditional instruments to play experimental pop.

NOW could be described as catchy, contemporary, exotic, messy, harmonious and disharmonious 21st century pop.
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