While Brötzmann typically performs with the power trio lineup of Massaker, with guitar, bass guitar and drum set, he only uses rock and roll and heavy metal music as a basis for his music. Brötzmann's technique has been praised: "...his attack on the instrument "explosive, obstreperous, large scale, textural," timbral asserts the material facts of string-pickup-amplifier more bluntly than anyone else currently involved in rock".
Brötzmann has been compared to Jimi Hendrix (perhaps an inevitable comparison for an adventurous left-handed Fender Stratocaster player prone to extreme loudness and deft manipulation of audio feedback), and to Edgard Varèse, who, like Brötzmann, demonstrated a keen awareness for the importance of sound as well as properly notated music.
Brötzmann's father, Peter Brötzmann, is a free jazz saxophone player. They have recorded a duo album, Last Home.
Eugene Chadbourne (4 January 1951 in Mount Vernon, NY) is a USA composer, improvisor, guitarist and banjoist. He has also been a reviewer for the All Music Guide (AMG), and a contributor to Maximum RocknRoll.
He is also known as the inventor of the electric rake. This musical instrument (though some would hesitate to call it “musical”) is made by attaching a microphone or an electric guitar pickup to an ordinary lawn rake. The sounds that it can produce are impossible to describe.
Chadbourne started out playing rock and roll guitar, but quickly grew bored with the form’s conventions. He started studying other genres, including blues, country, bluegrass, free jazz, and noise - eventually synthesizing all those heterogenous influences into a unique style of his own. He was also influenced early on by the experimental stylings of Captain Beefheart and the Mothers of Invention.
Chadbourne has worked with numerous artists including John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Carla Bley Band, Paul Lovens, Camper Van Beethoven, Jello Biafra, and Jimmy Carl Black.
While in Canada in the 1970s, he produced and hosted a radio program on Radio Radio 104.5 Cable FM in Calgary, Alberta. His show was notorious for obscure and remarkable music. Radio Radio is now the last quasi-pirate station in Canada.
Chadbourne also fronted Shockabilly (1982-1985) with Mark Kramer (bass/organ) and David Licht (drums), releasing four eclectic albums.
» Fully Blown (UK) (Harsh Noise)
Fully Blown is Horacio Pollard & Danny O'really teaming up to play insanely harsh, joy-inspiring noise from the depths of humanities urinal. DO NOT expect 2 guys with pedals and a feedback loop slowly fine tuning their sonic palette, DO expect 2 humble freaks on a quest for devine noise expression and naked body jurking, sweat, blood and ultra fast finger tapping guitar axe rape!
» Xavier Dubois (Acoustic / Experimental)
Xavier Dubois est un guitariste belge, né à Liège en 1981. Guitariste au sein de Y.E.R.M.O et Ultraphallus, il se produit également en duo en compagnie du poète - écrivain - performer Vincent Tholomé. En solo, son approche désarticulée oscille entre compositions et improvisations, explorant tour à tour la guitare, la guitare préparée et le ukulele bariton. Avec Y.E.R.M.O, il réalise (en duo avec Yannick Franck) l'installation sonore de "Collision Zone"(Gast Bouschet/Nadine Hilbert) à la Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Venise (2009);après plusieurs sorties (Humpty Dumpty records, FF HHH), le groupe travaille actuellement à la finalisation d'un nouvel album, cette fois en trio avec le batteur Jason Van Gulick (Carla Bozulich, DEGA!,...). Ultraphallus a jusqu'à ce jour sorti trois albums, dont le dernier, "Sowberry Hagan", sur le label Riot Season (UK) en 2011. En solo, Xavier a sorti 2 albums sur le label belge FF HHH: "7 improvisations" et "Ostium". Un nouvel enregistrement est prévu en 2012. En solo ou en groupe, il a partagé la scène avec Greg Malcolm (NZ), Oxbow (US), HATI (PL), Harvey Milk (US), KK Null (JP), Monno (CH), Thomas Mery (FR), Liturgy (US) et bien d'autres.