MIC's Listen to Norway series continues with The Thing's 'Garage'
This joint Norwegian/Swedish trio release features one of Europe’s leading sax players Mats Gustavsson and arguably one of the best rhythm sections around; drummer Paal Nilssen Love and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. In the year of the Centenary Anniversary of Norwegian independence (and the dissolution of the union with Sweden), this release represents the best of cross-border collaboration. This is pure energy – free flowing improvisation and outbursts of anger contrasted by tight interplay and rhythmic savvy. The unusual choice of tunes (own compositions coupled with renditions of Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Art Star and White Stripes’ Aluminium) sets the trio apart from other acts on the improv scene. The Thing’s free punk-jazz is challenging but utterly rewarding for the listener in search of something wildly different. A review quote sums it all up: “Absurdly cool!”