by Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 23 April 2009

Last week, I saw Brown Wing Overdrive open for Black Pus (the solo project of Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale). The band — which formed in DC and relocated to NYC — uses electronics, found objects, banjos, duck calls, jaw harps, and whatever else they can get their hands on to make jerky, syncopated, yelpy noise. At times, referencing shamanistic traditions, at others drawing from kabuki, the band doesn’t quite sound like anyone else on their label, Tzadik. I wish more experimental bands would play around with vocals the way these guys do.