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Stringy Rugs

by Blast

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Limbaire 05:48
Outgrowth 06:45
Litho 1 01:26
Communifade 06:44
Bouncing 08:43
Ink 08:27
Litho 2 01:08
O A L I 06:30


Stringy Rugs is the Dutch avant-rock band's third release. Blast use electric guitars, alto/soprano sax, alto/bass clarinet, baritone sax, bass, drums [by the amazingly brilliant David Kerman] & vocals.

They combine a very unique & recognizable skewed rhythmic base (influenced by Capt. Beefheart) with angular & intricate horn & guitar charts ala Henry Cow and Doctor Nerve. About 1/4 has vocals, while the bulk is instrumental. The music is tough-edged & aggressive. This album adds scored parts for a number of guests on tuned percussion, brass & more. This is a great disc of intensely complicated, rehearsal-intensive RIO-style rock.

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"On Stringy Rugs, the second Cuneiform CD by Dutch avant rockers Blast, the group demonstrates its ability to navigate tricky and complex compositions, in which scored themes and improvised ideas are presented in rapid succession or even simultaneously. Recorded in New York, the Netherlands, and France, the album balances progressive rock, creative improvisation, and even contemporary classical elements in convincing fashion." – AllMusic

"I never got to see Henry Cow, but now that I've seen Blast, it doesn't matter." – Bill Ellsworth [after seeing this version of the band with me in 1996]


released September 16, 1997

Dirk Bruinsma – bass, guitar, sax, organ, percussion, vocals
Edward Capel – sax, percussion
Frank Crijns – guitar, synthesizer
Dave Kerman – drums, percussion
guests :
Harm Langermans – trumpet, bugle
Dré Thewessen – trumpet
Gon Mevis – trumpet
Tom Koster – trombone
Martijn Van de Klok – trombone
Peter de Hoop – trombone
Hein Van Leeuwen – tuba
Joost Kappe – tuba
Rob Snijders – drums, percussion
Cor Links – marimba


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