Album of the Week: Sly & The Family Drone

I hear a big dollop of Machine Gun. A Brötzmann attack served up by James Allsop’s baritone saxophone with pounding percussion as its main foil and electronic crush to fill in the blanks. There is nothing gentle about the band’s new record Gentle Persuaders just like there was nothing jazz or funk about Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats.

I included 20 Jazz Funk Greats as one of my weekly picks back at AudioStream and one outraged reader stated matter-of-factually “And no, I wouldn’t even call this jazz/funk…” Let me state for the record that Gentle Persuaders contains elements of jazz and funk and I think it’s pretty persuasive.

This record is amphetamine without the side effects, free jazz without the structure (wink), and funk without the bass. It is also 30+ minutes of sonic smash and blood and guts. If you listen loud and long, I’m certain Gentle Persuaders will remove any cobwebs or preconceptions, which are, in essence, the same thing.

Sly & The Family Drone’s Gentle Persuaders is available from the band’s Bandcamp page.

Here’s a taste: