Free-jazz/noise/avant-rock warlords Tiger Hatchery recently finished up a midwest → east coast tour that had true heads raving across the nation. The band stopped in Brooklyn to pound out a typically mammoth set in honor of the release of their album Sun Worship and the 50th Anniversary of their label ESP-Disk’ — and by the grace of some heathen god, they’ve posted a video of the full set, complete with legit audio quality and a camera angle from which one can view the trio in action at all times. Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that the set: [A - showcases three savage improvisers wailing together, in duo configurations, and solo] [B - features inspired use of props] [C - will knock you on your ass]. After Part 1 ends, Parts 2 and 3 beckon you from the related videos on the right side of the screen.
Since November 1 marks the beginning of the Holiday Season on the time-bending and malevolent calendar of international commerce, I’ve chosen to interpret this Tiger Hatchery set as a personal gift from Mssrs. Billington, Forbes, and Young to us, wrapped in snapped bass strings and drumstick shrapnel, conveyed across the webtubes, and smashed into our slack-jawed faces. We should all chip in and buy them a personalized mug that reads “World’s Greatest Shredders,” which the trio can then mail back and forth between their respective homes on opposite sides of the country. Each sip taken from this mug will compel the Hatch men to shed the responsibilities of their families and day jobs, reunite again, and get back on the road to tour forevermore. This is a brilliant plan and it will succeed.
Sun Worship is available now on LP and CD and if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, I just don’t know what to say to you anymore.