“Picture Ornette Coleman sitting in with the Stooges (the old Stooges, that is) as they tear through “L.A. Blues” and you’d be in the neighborhood of free jazz/noise rock/construction noise hybrid Original Silence” (Pitchfork)
Original Silence is:
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)
Terrie Ex (The Ex)
Mats Gustafsson (The Thing),
Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing, Atomic)
Massimo Pupillo (Zu).
The band was put together by Mats Gustafsson, known from his work with Sonic Youth, Peter Brotzman, David Grubbs and groups like Diskaholics Anonymous Trio and The Thing among others.
The recordings on this album was recorded live on the Original Silence Italian tour, the 30th of September 2005 in Teatro Arisoto, Reggio Emilia, Italy, to be more specific. This is the first in a series of recordings from Original Silence. There is obviously lots of early Sonic Youth, The Ex and Scandinavia free-jazz in this album. But you can also hear their many influences from Black Flag, to drone rock, to Albert Ayler, to Boredoms, to noise, punk, Dead C, Merzbow, 1960s minimalism and The Stooges et al. In other words everything we love, all mixed together!
This is 100% improvised rock. A spontaneous, monumental, raw and harshly beautiful out-rock masterpiece!