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Wire Stitched Ears

by Blast

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Radio Talk 00:26
Pain of Fear 03:56
Welter 05:32
Pastorale 06:12
Or-Na-Ra-Tio 04:52


Founded in 1989 and releasing their first album in 1991, Blast are a brilliant Dutch avant/rock band, who combine a very unique & recognizable skewed rhythmic base with angular & intricate horn & guitar charts ala Henry Cow and Doctor Nerve.

Wire Stitched Ears, released in 1995, was their second album and their first of three for Cuneiform.

The music is tough-edged & aggressive and must be heard to be believed; a great disc of intensely complicated, rehearsal-intensive RIO-style rock.

"I never got to see Henry Cow, but now that I've seen Blast, it doesn't matter." – Bill Ellsworth (upon seeing them at the same amazing show I saw!)

"...tight, complex, angular, polyrhythmic, verging-on-brilliant Dadist chamber rock...indescribably powerful & compelling...this is a must." –Alternative Press

"...precise, complex & assured...marvelous." – Facelift

"This is the real thing...some of the most amazing & completely insane chamber rock of the day." – Expose


released May 5, 1995

Dirk Bruinsma - baritone sax, electric bass, vocals, organ, tape
Edward Capel - alto & soprano sax, bass clarinet
Frank Crijns - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
James Menesis - drums, percussion
Emanuela Cavallaro – vocals and lyrics (5)
Wim Van Der Maas – clarinet (2, 4)

Recorded March 1994 in Tilburg, The Netherlands at the Tafelbergstudio by Bernard Jussen. Mixed by Bernard Jussen, Dirk Bruinsma, Frank Crijns.


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