Big Neck Police - Don't Eat My Friends [Cassette]
Big Neck Police is a Brooklyn/Philadelphia based rock band made up of Mac Kelly, Hugo Stanley, and Paco Cathcart. A loud, caustic "power-trio" with little going on in the way of effects ("texture"), Hugo (drums), Mac (bass), and Paco (gtr) find their peculiar dynamism instead in the subversion of the punk orthodoxies they appear to revel in- specifically, through improvisation. Song structure in general is often described as a series of "parts". Big Neck Police music is, rather, a series of open-ended gestures. Bands sometimes will write in a "noise-improv" part to spice up a song -- for Big Neck, every part of every song seems to contain a reckless element that lusts toward that formlessness. At a good Big Neck Police show, there is not a moment when chaos is not impending, lurking. Don’t Eat My Friends is the culmination.
The bandmembers are also active artists beyond Big Neck: Mac Kelly is a photographer/videographer and drums for bk punk band Suspekt. Hugo Stanley drums in the philadelphia math-pop group, Palm and has engineered for the band Old Maybe. Paco Cathcart is a writer and records solo music under the name The Cradle; he plays guitar in the bands Sweet Baby Jesus and Shimmer (featuring members of Palberta and Cloud Becomes Your Hand), and has engineered bands such as Palberta, Palm, Dog, and The Sediment Club.
"With their latest, the group puts their free-form live set to record, serving up a personal take on New York experimental rock. Taken from Don't Eat My Friends, an upcoming full-length on Ramp Local, "A Gringo Like Me" is a cut centered around gestures more than it is around any kind of verse or chorus. Rather, the track is a tortured assemblage of related licks and hooks the band explore by diving into the extremes of their timbrel and dynamic ranges" - Mike Kolb