Davenport "The Weakest Link Can Pull the Heavy Load Out of the Blues and Onto the Road"
Davenport bridges both the geographic and musical gaps separating two of America's most notable signposts in the improvised musical clattering landscape -- NNCK (and it's many offshoots and musical relatives) and Thuja (and all of their offshoots and musical relatives). Between NNCK's NYC and Thuja's SF lies the unassuming and largely ignored Madison, Wisconsin. The town that bred Davenport. Falling somewhere between NNCK's communal dirge and Thuja's forest-channeling, Davenport have quickly become a rising star in the underground.
"The Weakest Link..." collects two performances: one from the recent Million Tongues Fest and a show in Minneapolis, two days later.
The recording from Million Tongues starts with someone announcing the band, "the 36 limbs of Davenport...they've pretty much made a total environment over here." A fitting introduction. The appropriately titled "The Heaviest Tongue" is 14 minutes of ecstatic skronk, hollering, pounding, joyous buzzing and destroyed guitar pomp. It's one of Davenport's best excursions, reminiscent of their wildly aggressive "Sun Your Open Mouth." The second track begins as a gigantic, mountainous moan exhaling chewed upfragments of ancient blues and folk history before gathering itself into a furious froth, ending with an intensity to match the previous track. 8/10 -- Dick Baldwin (25 May, 2005)