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Serve

 

As a followup to 2016’s For King and Country, World Service Project delivers another powerful punk-jazz manifesto with a sly grin on Serve, their second RareNoise release and fourth album overall. Showcasing their signature blend of discipline and chaos, the edgy London-based avant-funk quintet combines throbbing grooves, huge backbeats, grinding fuzz-bass onslaughts and ferocious free blowing on eight potent tracks, with just a dash of Monty Pythonesque’s irreverence thrown into the mix.

“WorldService Project is a very intense, high-energy live show,” says keyboardist-vocalist and principal composer Dave Morecroft, who is also the creator and artistic director of London’s Match&Fuse festival. “We throw ourselves into it and hope to come out alive at the other end. And if you're not bleeding by the end of it, you haven't tried hard enough.”

You can feel that kind of intensity on the fusiony opener, “Plagued With Righteousness,” the slamming “Dai Jo Bo” and the Zappa-esque “Ease.” WSP offers pointed takes on Trump, Brexit and the state of the world on the cathartic, politically-tinged “Now This Means War,” which has Morecroft delivering the chilling message in English, French, Italian and German. And the sinister Mr. Giggles, previously heard on 2013’s Fire in a Pet Shop and 2016’s For King and Country, makes a return appearance on the frightfully raucous “The Tales of Mr. Giggles.” As Morecroft explains,

“Mr Giggles is a clown character who has been featured in live shows since 2013. I adopt the character for a theatrical moment in the set, and its gone down a storm particularly in other parts of the world (China, India, Japan etc). He is a mischievous character who may or may not eat children. I wanted to flesh out his story a bit more on this record, take the narrative surrounding him to the next level by addressing society, the 'norm', bullying, mental illness and so on.” (Find the lyrics here: http://www.worldserviceproject.co.uk/who-is-mr-giggles).

Rounding out the World Service Project cast on Serve are tenor saxophonist Tim Ower, who erupts with fierce abandon on “Runner” and “Now This Means War,” trombonist Raphael Clarkson, who offers unbridled solos on “The Tales of Mr. Giggles” and “Ease,” bassist Arthur O’Hara, who fuels these jams with his heavy-duty, fuzz-inflected lines, and drummer Harry Pope, a powerhouse player who grounds the mayhem with slamming authority while also showing his jazzier side on “Runner” and the haunting closer, “False Prophets.” Morecroft offers a wild synth solo on “To Lose The Loved One” while providing multiple tones and textures throughout Serve. 

Cat No.: RNR093 (CD) and RNR093LP (VINYL)

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Lineup:

Dave Morecroft - keyboard / vocals

Tim Ower - saxophone

Raphael Clarkson - trombone, vocals

Arthur O'Hara - bass

Harry Pope - drums

 

Tracklisting: 

1 PLAGUED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS

2 DAI JO BO

3 THE TALE OF MR GIGGLES

4 EASE

5 RUNNER

6 NOW THIS MEANS WAR

7 TO LOSE THE LOVED

8 FALSE PROPHETS

Serve (CD)
Serve (CD)
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Serve (COMBO)
Serve (COMBO)
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Serve (Download - FLAC)
Serve (Download - FLAC)
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Serve (Download - HD FLAC)
Serve (Download - HD FLAC)
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Serve (Download - MP3)
Serve (Download - MP3)
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Serve (Single LP)
Serve (Single LP)
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For King & Country

 

Following in the tradition of such renegade composers as Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, Igor Stravinsky and Harrison Bertwhistle, Dave Morecroft seeks a spot in the musical firmament that is decidedly left of center. And as keyboardist and principal composer for the edgy London-based avant-funk-jazz quintet WorldService Project, he is striking a blow upside the head of musical complacency. On 'For King & Country', the group’s RareNoise debut and third release overall (after 'Relentless' in 2010 and 'Fire In A Pet Shop' in 2013), the powerhouse aggregation cuts across stylistic boundaries with impunity and a decided ‘punk-jazz’ attitude. As Morecroft explains,

“Punk-jazz for me is more a reflection of rebellion. Maybe it’s jazz but it’s played with an 'f-you' to the establishment/systems that dictate what jazz is supposed to mean or be.” 

He further describes the do-or-die presence that the band adopts onstage:

“WorldService Project is a very intense, high-energy live show. We throw ourselves into it and hope to come out alive at the other end. And if you're not bleeding by the end of it, you haven't tried hard enough.”

That killer instinct is conveyed from track to track on For King & Country (the title itself is a kind of ironic nod to the band’s British ancestry). From the prog-rockish tumult of the opener “Flick the Beanstalk” to the moody closer “Requiem for a WormWorldService Project carries a pronounced crunch while injecting daring improvisations and myriad punk-jazz expressions into the mix. Joining Morecroft on this follow-up to 2013’s Fire In A Pet Shop are tenor sax burner Tim Ower, trombonist Raphael Clarkson, bassist Arthur O’Hara and drummer Harry Pope.

Says Morecroft of this audacious WSP outing:

“I wanted For King & Country to be an EPIC listen, that from moment to moment it could rage intensely, pull at heartstrings, flip in double somersaults around the room or sardonically sneer at the establishment. It is an incredibly personal record for me (much more than any other) with true heartbreak, anger, loss, disillusionment, ecstasy and piss-taking a-plenty! But at its heart (I hope), purity of gesture, intensity and sincerity.”

The slamming odd-metered piece “Fuming Duck,” for instance, is indeed an  listen. Underscored by O’Hara’s fuzz bass lines melding with Clarkson’s electric trombone for an uncommonly heavy bottom end, it hits as hard as King Crimson’s “Red” while suggesting something far jazzier. Pope’s monstrous drum solo over the band ostinato at the end of this raging piece is an adrenalized highlight. Likewise, “Murano Faro” slowly builds from something dreamy and distant to a throbbing crescendo with Clarkson’s trombone wailing over the top in half-time. “Son of Haugesund” is a blast of intensity to match anything on Led Zeppelin III while the frantic, tempo-shifting “Go Down Ho’Ses” carries the zany energy of a ska band conducted by Frank Zappa. Ower’s passionate sax solos on this unhinged number and on the dramatic “Chamonix” are both exceptional. And on “Mr. Giggles,” at once humorous and scary, Morecroft unveils the cartoonish vocals of the title character (a sinister clown alter ego that he introduced on Fire In A Pet Shop) against a clamorous undercurrent. The closer, “Requiem for a Worm,” opens on a restful, introspective note with Ower blowing breathy tones against a gentle backdrop. Midway through, the mood shifts as the piece gradually builds to a slamming, fuzz-laden crescendo of epic proportions.

Dave Morecroft - keyboard / vocals

Tim Ower - saxophone

Raphael Clarkson - trombone, vocals

Arthur O'Hara - bass

Harry Pope - drums

For King And Country (CD)
For King And Country (CD)
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For King And Country (COMBO)
For King And Country (COMBO)
£24.99
For King And Country (Single LP)
For King And Country (Single LP)
£13.99
For King And Country (Download - FLAC)
For King And Country (Download - FLAC)
£6.49
For King And Country (Download - MP3)
For King And Country (Download - MP3)
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For King And Country (Download - HD FLAC)
For King And Country (Download - HD FLAC)
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