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Regarding Purgatories

by Dave Kerman / 5uu's

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Meteora 07:31
Pinwheel 05:12
Drachma 04:28
Day 29 02:18
Gordion Knot 04:41


Regarding Purgatories, the 5th album by drummer/composer Dave’s long-lived 5uu’s project, features a completely revamped version of the band. He has enlisted what amounts to a avant/progressive supergroup to back him here, including vocalist Deborah Perry [Thinking Plague], bassist Keith Macksoud [Present] with guest keyboardists Charles Turner [5uu’s] and Sanjay Kumar [U Totem]. The music has a new edge & this release marks a new sound for the band, as well as a break from the sound of the two previous incarnations of this band, who seem to reinvent themselves every few years.

"5uu's recorded intermittently over the years until returning in 2000 with Regarding Purgatories. While credited to both Dave Kerman and the 5uu's, the Cuneiform CD is primarily a solo vehicle for composer and multi-instrumentalist Kerman, who wrote all the music and performs much of it on overdubbed guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, vocals, and noisy effects. Regarding Purgatories is an intriguing CD that should appeal to many fans of the European RIO groups and their spinoffs, particularly the Art Bears, a post-Henry Cow trio featuring guitarist Fred Frith, drummer Chris Cutler, and vocalist Dagmar Krause.
The recording has a dark and Gothic mood similar to the Art Bears and early King Crimson. Kerman favors dense constructions with layers of distorted guitars and keyboards driven by martial drumbeats and unconventional percussion. Irregular melodies and skewed rhythms are interspersed with sinister drones and chants and embellished with buzzing, clanking, scraping, and other abrasive sounds. Not exactly a walk in the park, Regarding Purgatories is rather heavy going at times but still compelling by virtue of its sheer sonic inventiveness...." – AllMusic



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