A launch date has finally been released for jazz funk act, Thirteen for their debut album, Degraded Jazz tones. Set to be unleashed on the unsuspecting public in full costume on
1 August 2011 across Europe
[POSTPONED UNTIL LATE 2011!].
Thirteen’s debut album Degraded Jazz Tones is a fusion of… not too much jazz, not too much funk, not too much rock and a sprinkle of something else you didn’t think of. Woven together with a good deal of subtlety and depth, these are the ingredients that produce a sound that is bold, cohesive and even catchy.
Thirteen’s influences come from far and wide: the 70’s progressive rock era to anything from the 80’s that didn’t include dodgy hair and a Casio keyboard and the 90’s alternative rock scene. Everything else in between or after is thrown in for good measure.
Don’t be put off or even aroused by Thirteen’s outfits, it’s all about the music: the warm and smooth yet often heavy crunch of guitars, the big live drum sound and bass lines picked by an obscure mind highlighting influences from the likes of Dirk Lance (Incubus) and P-Nut (311). A little of Zappa can be heard in the guitar lines of SSM, an edgy but cool jazz aesthetic in the opening track Jabba Slob, weird and wonderful progressions in Fly by Worlds, and a laid-back groove that defines the closing track Colour Shoot. Thirteen’s crazy but cool arrangements, syncopated cross rhythms and freedom within playing are characteristic of the three-piece back to basics band: guitar, bass and drums.
Degraded Jazz Tones is a well produced album that goes to show what you can do with dead skin, some strings, and a couple of bloody big speakers. Whilst this is an instrumental offering, if you are a fan of Mike Patton and his antics over the years with Mr Bungle or even a Primus suspect then you’ll certainly enjoy this.
Head on over to Milky Bomb Records website for more details and a cheeky free download too!