TIP OF THE TONGUE 28 JANUARY 2007
(Live At Lace)
Harbinger Sound Harbinger-047
OUT OF STOCK!
Much-anticipated reissue of what has got to be one of the top 5 release to come out of the whole Los Angeles Free Music Society cabal: Airway's form-trouncing 1978 album Live At Lace. Airway were one of the more feral and less quizzical or self-consciously brainy units to tie their beards to the LAFMS freak flag and their sound is somewhere between the Yoko Ono/Joe Jones orchestra, early Hijokaidan's microphone guzzling routine and the kinda electro-acoustic bloodbath of Beaver Harris/Rudolph Grey/Arthur Doyle-era Blue Humans. Vetza's vocals seem drawn from the furthest reaches of her body while Dennis Duck's saxophone eats up any notion of register with machine-gunning tongue/teeth interaction. Rick Potts' mandolin occasionally threatens to push the whole thing back towards some kind of caveman jug band stomp while Juan Gomez's bass and guitar, Tom Recchion's drums, Chip Chapman's circuits and Joe Potts' circuits and tapes generate concentric rings of hallucinatory electricity. An absolutely key free/noise/garage/avant recording and pretty much the cornerstone of everything you ever came to care about in your record collection. Fuck Never Mind The Bollocks: this is the sound of year zero. Highly recommended.