Ferran Fages: electric guitar
Àlex Reviriego: double-bass
Vasco Trilla: drums
Martin Küchen: Tenor and alto saxophones
Recorded at Saudades Studio by Denys Sanz on October 11th, 2017.
Mixed by Jan Valls
Mastered by Ferran Conangla
All music by Phicus + Martin Küchen
In what concerns conformity in music, there’s no great difference between the artistic and cultural postures we call “mainstream” and “avant-garde”: there’s also a highway of forms and procedures in the “alternative” and “underground” circuit, with almost everybody playing with the same grammars and vocabularies. Almost: there’s also musicians who refuse to inhabite the mainstream of the avant-garde, and the Catalan band Phicus is one good example. Their special guest in this record, the Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, is another. They may come from different backgrounds, but similar souls always find a way to get together.
In the case of Ferran Fages, Àlex Reviriego and Vasco Trilla it was a very natural process: in the small context of the improvised music scene in Barcelona their paths crossed so often that forming a band seemed to be the next logical step. But with what purpose? It would be enough to be just another improv project, among so many? No. What about doing something with the energy and the roughness of rock, considering the past experiences of Trilla and Reviriego in black metal and punk, and Fages liking of noise music, but also profiting from the trio’s appreciation of the near-silence aesthetics coming from the post-Cagean contemporary composers and from lowercase experimental electro-acoustic music?
Phicus singularity begins with the choice of instrumental combination, the one of a rock power trio (guitar, bass and drums), to create a kind of music which has nothing to do with the existing power trios, including the ones of the jazzcore tendency. Sometimes they play loud, feedbacked and distorted rock, but always dismissing fixed riffs, placing the guitar side by side with the double bass and the drumkit (in radical contrast with the pyramidal hierarchization of the classical rock and roll band) and avoiding the usual temptation to improvise inside the ac....... więcej