The Messthetics – “Anthropocosmic” LP
An instrumental trio featuring the rhythm section of Fugazi (Brendan Canty on drums and Joe Lally on bass) joined by Anthony Pirog on guitar. Their second album is another jam session infused with post-rock, jazz and prog, all expertly handled by three musicians who must qualify as being the best of their generation – how else can you get away with sounding so loose and yet so super-tight at the same time? All the while retaining the kick and energy that you would expect (a distinct element of Fugazi, inevitably, is easily discernable), aided by a super-nimble guitarist who slips fluidly from Sonic Youth melodic dissonance to looping and spiraling proginess a la Mars Volt/Frank Zappa. But like Ruts DC managed back in the day, this avoids the trappings of muso – just great musicians free to rock-out and fill your mind with lush, spacey sounds. Probably a bunch of stoners.