This LP, the debut release of Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, is the first of a series of sessions, recorded fortnightly (on alternate Sundays) at Manchester’s Sunshine Studios since August 2012. This, along with another LP (earmarked for future release) was captured on 1/4″ tape by engineer Patrick Crane on his mobile 8-track.
With an emphasis firmly on the shape-shifting, collective mind rather than the disciplines of a structured line-up, it’s from these unshackled constraints that Manchester seems to yield it’s greatest creativity (think GNOD? Or any of the projects that DSDV members have been involved with; Serfs, Beach Fuzz, Electrelane, Stuckometer, to name a few). The line-up here shrinks and swells to include upto nine members in its fullest form and their placement in the musically rich North-West is a perfect example of everything that’s great in the contemporary British music scene and it’s in this incarnation of the band, featuring Andrew Cheetham on drums, Zac Hane and Joincey on bass, Nick Mitchell, Tom Settle and Edwin Stevens on guitar, that DSDV can also confidently be described as a musical super group of sorts.
The Happy Life The Tripartite Classification Of Authority Gives Us backed with Christmas In Honduras are to DSDV what the ‘extended improvisations at extreme volume’ jams, inspired by John Coltrane’s ‘The Olatunji’ are to the Dutch avant-rock trio The Julie Mittens – but instead, at almost 20 minutes a side, this 40 minute LP of total mind melting, sonic squalor was inspired by the sky-scraping weekly jams at The Heldeberg House in Albany, NY by resident freaks Burnt Hills (as well as other clearly discernible heroes – Les Rallizes Denudes, Ya Ho Wa 13, Parson Sound…)
Although in its infancy as a project, those involved are a seriously skilled blend of musicians whose collective skills are enhanced by their deep rooted, almost family like bond and this translates well in their ability to jam so frantically yet keep it sounding purposeful, progressive and focused, making this the essential British psych release of 2012.
Set amidst the growing confusion of these modern times, with titles striking parallels with the angst of the music and of modern life in general, listening to this has become a very cathartic, almost religious experience. Play it very, very loudly at the end of a pointless day, earning a pointless wage, to pay a good majority of it in tax to a pointless government, and you too will discover that it’s the only thing that’s really making any sense right now. It’s feels like a new beginning. Viva la revolution!
Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura are touring Europe throughout December. Get updates here.
* Cover not correct at time of going to press.
The second instalment of this session, ‘Leese Geese’ coming soon…