Consisting of acoustic pianist Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton on acoustic bass and Tony Buck on drums, The Necks have forged a global reputation spanning 25 years for their immersive, hypnotic sets made up of two mesmerising one-hour segments.
Each Necks show is unique, in that each set is wholly improvised and spontaneous – built on a chemistry and musical symbiosis that can only come from over two decades of musical camaraderie.
This Australian tour comes on the back of an international run of shows across 12 countries, including sell-out shows in Paris, Gdansk, Warsaw, Aalst, and three London shows. This culminated in a recent BBC studio recording with heralded progressive saxophonist, Evan Parker.
Tony Buck says in contrast to previous album Mindset which was “dense and polymetric” the band wanted to ensure Open was sparse in structure, explaining: “we wanted to create a sense of suspended time and space”.
Recent shows have been hailed a resounding success, with critics and fans alike captivated by the performances:
“To follow the process by which they found their way out of the maelstrom and wound down to closure was an education in itself, followed by perhaps 10 seconds of transfixed silence in which every member of the audience was thinking, “Did I really just hear what I think I heard?” Then the applause came, and it didn’t want to stop.” Richard Williams.
“The most beautiful album of the year is by these Australian slowpoke-jazz cult heroes… a beaming, wall-to-wall gorgeous 68-minute journey of haunting mosquito buzzes, cymbal washes, nail-biting drum rolls, jingling chimes, and pianos that resonate and ring. With the speed of sunlight moving across a field, it’s jazz for Eno heads, ambient for improv fans, and a molasses-slow chill-out that works like sludge metal (only friendlier).” Grayson Currin, SPIN
“Even by The Necks’ standards, Open feels intensely pure… At times it feels as if nothing, literally nothing, is happening. But it is, constantly…Open is magical, calming, intriguing, beautiful.” Nick Southall, The Quietus
The Necks play The Governor Hindmarsh in Adelaide on Sunday February 9th.
For ticketing information go to: www.thegov.com.au
Full details at www.thenecks.com