Heavy, rattling distortion-guitar in an improvised universe, it can turn out really weird in the cool sense of the word. Check out Danish Svin, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
The Norwegian trio Bushman’s Revenge is also heavy in sound, but not in the same manner as Svin.
Bushman’s Revenge keeps to the narrow rhythm-path of rock. They live in a universe, where surf-rock, Jimi Hendrix, Sonny Sharrock and a solid shot of acid are the basics in an outlet of force which belongs among the more violent ones.
With their title A Little Bit of Big Bonanza we are in a landscape of cross references, where you take shot after shot… well, that was my conviction after the first twenty minutes tumbled out of the speakers.
Then something else happened. John Lennon Was the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived is the title of a peace-loving celebration of John Lennon. Acoustic guitar and vibraphone fill the room. Notes pointing in the direction of Lennon.
Buchman’s Revenge is so much more than noise. They tell stories with their instruments. The music is loaded with images that keep on changing.
Even Helte Hermansen (guitar), Rune Nergaard (bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums, percussion and vibraphone) are the members of Bushman’s Revenge.
Once again Norway and Rune Grammofon has shown the way for contemporary instrumental music which smells of both rock and jazz.
Review: Niels Overgård. Translation: DSI Swinging Europe.