Album Remarks & Appraisals:
When it comes to seminal albums in alternative rock, Pixies’ 1988 debut Surfer Rosa qualifies as a true game-changer. With strong production and even stronger songs, the album tore a rift in the rock ‘n roll continuum, influencing everyone from Kurt Cobain to Radiohead. That influence remains as steadfast as ever among the feverish minds behind Asphalt Orchestra, the 12-piece New York-based marching band with an eclectic ear for new music and boundary-blurring arrangements. The band’s unpredictable repertoire includes the work of Goran Bregovich, David Byrne, Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, Tatsuya Yoshida, Meshuggah, Yoko Ono and more, so it’s only fitting they should choose to tackle a boisterous, at times even downright ornery noise-rock classic, right? From the rambunctious opening cut “Bone Machine” to the off-kilter, otherworldly arrangement of the radio hit “Gigantic,” AOPP remains true to the punkish attitude of the original.
Personnel: Jessica Schmitz (piccolo); Peter Hess, Ken Thomson , Jas Walton (saxophone); Matt Holman, Stephanie Richards (trumpet); Jen Baker, Daniel Linden (trombone); John Altieri (sousaphone); Kenneth Salters (bass drum); Sunny Jain (snare drum); Yuri Yamashita (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Dillett.
Recording information: Walter Music Studios, Hoboken, NJ (02/06/2014-02/07/2014).