Mugstar + Damo Suzuki - Start From Zero - LP
Limited edition of 500 copies packaged in a heavy duty gatefold sleeve.
On a long, hot summer night in 2012, a meeting of the minds happened in Liverpool, England. Damo Suzuki visited the city to play a show with MUGSTAR. After a flurry of e-mails Damo requested MUGSTAR not to practice or figure out any music prior to the performance, as he believed it should "Start from Zero," leaving the whole performance to be entirely improvised on the spot.
It proved to be quite a night: the shamanic presence of the legendary Damo Suzuki immersed in the full-on, intense, sound of MUGSTAR - one of the leading bands currently exploring fresh and uncharted areas - as they forge forward through the deep space of kraut/psych.
The music that emerged that evening moved through driving, head-spinning double wah-wah attacks, eerie ethereal passages and on to an extended motorik coda, all powered along by thunderous bass and drums.
Damo settled in immediately, a master of his own unique art. Surging along with MUGSTAR as "sound carriers," absorbed in the energy and atmosphere through to the shows exhausting end. It's a great pairing.
Damo Suzuki - Vocals
Peter Smyth - Guitar, Keyboards
Neil Murphy - Guitar
Jason Stoll - Bass
Steve Ashton - Drums
1. Waken to the Night
2. Subway Sound
4. Zero Coda
"With so much energy rippling around him, Mugstar's coruscating atonalisisms battering like wave upon wave of electrical energy set free to spark from player to player, it's possible to envision the diminutive form of Suzuki, head down and rapt in concentration and lost deep in the music his presence has engendered When his words tumble back in as the mania dissipates, it's like he knew just where and when they would. As if they had rehearsed, as if there had been a lead up to the here and now, the then that this LP preserves for a truly shaken-down posterity. But who really needs to practice beforehand, when that could possibly have ruined the exhausting fun which Mugstar and Damo Suzuki brought to Liverpool on the night which Start From Zero so magnificently commemorates?" ~ Freq