Stanleys Pub, 323 Stanley Ave, Cincinnati, OH
Skerik, the enduringly saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast, will be performing at Stanley’s Pub in Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, September 16 with his latest project, Bandalabra. Joining him are three of his fellow Seattle hometown’s most revered players: Andy Coe on electric guitar, Evan Flory Barnes on upright bass and Dvonne Lewis on drums. In Skerik’s words, Bandalabra is intended to conjure the sounds of “Fela Kuti meeting Steve Reich in rock’s backyard.” A bold assertion, but one for which the music bears witness. Together, the quartet syncopates and snakes, floats free and snaps tight with hypnotic afrobeat rhythms, minimalist canons and improvised harmonics. There’s a duality that demands listeners both dance and get lost in its sound.
On their debut album Live At The Royal Room, the foursome head into the deep unknown, creating music in the moment for over 60 minutes straight. Halfway through the evening, they hit upon the illest of psych grooves, later dubbed “Beat Crusher.” Here the visceral and cerebral become one and Skerik’s Bandalabra is born a fully realized vision.