CALLE DEBAUCHE - Calle Debauche

Calle Debauche - Calle Debauche

13 songs
45:00 minutes
***** ***
Egg Helmet


The weird band name and the even stranger cover artwork instantly tell you that Calle Debauche are not like other bands. Starting out in 2006 as a guitar, bass and drums trio, they have transformed their line-up into something much more unfamiliar on their self-titled debut longplayer which presents twelve songs (and an intro) in exactly three quarters of an hour.

Calle Debauche are now a quintet and consist of composer Mohadev on guitars, banjo, keyboards, electronics and percussion. Apart from a drumkit which is a typical rock instrument, the bass notes are taken over by a tuba player. The band is completed by a percussionist on glockenspiel and marimba, and a tenor saxophonist whose pronounced playing technique gives him the role of an ersatz vocalist.

Although basically rooted in rock music, Calle Debauche seem to have a great time incorporating elements from every imaginable genre. Eastern European melodies are put on angular rhythms that remind of Frank Zappa at his most playful. Guest artists who occasionally provide accordion and clarinet hint at a certain fondness for Klezmer music. One of the strangest tracks on the album, Fire From The Sky, juxtaposes grindcore fast metal rhythms with danceable jazz melodies. The short Synergism flirts with contemporary classical music on the backdrop of incredibly complex time signatures. The omnipresent and variedly applied percussion add a Caribbean touch. After all is said and done, you’re left speechless, knowing that it is impossible to label this music. Avant prog might be a pliable term, but a look at the band’s influences (Mercyful Fate, Cardiacs, Hamster Theatre, Cheer Accident and many more) show that Calle Debauche are unwilling to settle in a single territory. They even combine styles that feel irreconcilable into something that eventually works. It may seem unbelievable that these guys come from Arizona, but then it’s always the most unlikely places that are the fertile ground for new music.

Actually the last years have spawned bands that play rock music with un-rock instruments, and in that respect, they are not that different from Finnish band Alamaailman Vasarat, but Calle Debauche’s sound is friendlier, more danceable and should be worth checking out by everyone not afraid to discover something new.

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