PARDANS - Spit And Image

Pardans - Spit And Image

13 songs
39:59 minutes
***** ***


Jazz punk sounds like it could be an intriguing genre, but what Danish sextet Pardans have come up with on their second album Spit And Image is really a hard to digest meal, but in a good sense. They could have gone the easy way and just play regular punk rock with some wind instruments, but the thirteen tracks on Spit And Image sound more like an incredibly angular take at late Seventies New York flavoured no wave, mixed with strange proto punk and free jazz elements. Influences are Ornette Coleman, Scott Walker, Captain Beefheart and David Bowie, although I also discerned parallels to Gallon Drunk, Lydia Lunch and occasionally a more grating Nick Cave.

Unlike many no wave bands that either had no talent or didn’t care to show it off, Pardans are really good at their instruments and don’t hesitate to show it, but then they have taken a lesson from Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica by first taking regular ingredients and then cutting them apart and pasting them together in never before heard ways. The vocalist has a very monotonous voice that is used in a very conjuring way. The regular rock instruments – guitar, bass, drums and sometimes piano and keyboards – do their thing in a very askew way, a bit like the weirder moments of Dead Kennedys or Victims Family, and then you have a saxophone and a viola that add the (free) jazzy elements that make this the total freak-out that is has become.

The shorter songs are closer to punk, although of a uniquely unusual way, whereas some of the longer tracks add an enormous amount of melancholy, like Over The Moon And Beyond and also the two six minute tracks Love Run Loose and Are You Entertained Yet?.

Like a circus caravan on a bad acid trip, Spit And Image will overwhelm you with horrid visuals that can only appeal to those that know that true beauty can only exist beyond normality. This is a perfect example of uneasy listening, and those who dare to choose that path will be rewarded by one of the most original noisy jazz punk endeavours of all time.

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