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Death Shanties - Crabs
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Death Shanties


Bomb Shop

Released: 11th August 2014 | 9 track free improvisation album

Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-­to-­the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960's fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience. Death Shanties debut album Crabs is out on August 11th 2014 on Bomb Shop.

UK TOUR: 02/08/14, Death Shanties, DCA, Dundee // 04/08/14, Death Shanties, Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow // 05/08/14, Death Shanties, The Bridge, Newcastle // 06/08/14, Death Shanties, Fuse, Bradford // 07/08/14, Death Shanties, The Cellar, Oxford // 08/08/14, Death Shanties, Supernormal festival, Oxfordshire // 10/08/14, Death Shanties, The Vortex, London // 11/08/14, Death Shanties, The Cowley Club, Brighton // 12/08/14, Death Shanties, Bristol // 13/08/14, Death Shanties, KRAAK, Manchester // 14/08/14, Death Shanties, I Thought I Heard A Sound, Riverside Live, Sheffield // 15/08/14, Death Shanties, The Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge

"Medieval music, sea shanties and field hollers with the ecstatic cry of 1960s fire music"
Nathaniel Budzinski, Wire Magazine
"Bluesy sighs and almost boopish flurries that hint at the jazz tradition being wilfully subverted from a position of intimacy"
Danial Spicer, Wire Magazine
"Death Shanties promise 'balls-to-the-wall free jazz', yet Crabs is a more exploratory affair than that... 4/5"
Stewart Smith, The List
"Refracting fire music through a singular sense of British weirdness... one of the most distinctive underground albums of the year"
The Quietus
"Ranging from solo vignettes to extended improvisations, Death Shanties bristles with the kind of sincere expressionism of the classic ESP recordings. Ecstatic, honest music!"
John Dikeman
"El grupo amalgama referencias a la música medieval, los cantos de los esclavos y la música de los marinos con la música clásica incendiaria de los 60. Lucy Stein utiliza imágenes religiosas antiguas, alimentos e incluso su propio pelo para construir unas proyecciones muy viscerales, en unas proyecciones llenas de texturas que hacen de Death Shanties una experiencia inmersiva en directo única."
Radio Nacional de España
"This debut dazzles in its originality for a bizarre melting pot of free-jazz and 60s psychedelic fire music"
Vito Camarretta, Chain DLK
"Renema and Neilson seem to suspend their bodily limits – I hear the point at which fatigue should kick in and I hear the duo rumbling past it, transfixed on the flames and sparks that spurt out of their instruments. I cease to feel threatened, and put my energy into clinging on instead."