BASSOON’s crushing instru-metal onslaught has been called “the Melvins colliding with Melvin Sparks” and hailed as “Brooklyn’s heaviest and most challenging” trio, delivering hand-hammered stoner-metal-fusion chamber odysseys since 2008. Their “eviscerating eponymous debut” of 2012, dubbed “an unholy union of high-brow fusion and low-end sludge”. Originally the brainchild of Stuart and Harvey Milk’s Steve Tanner during Stuart’s collaboration with Harvey Milk on the Special Wishes album, heavy bass/keyboard riffs over a drum machine gave way to the current power trio with guitarist Sean Moran and drummer John Mettam. The group heads Northeast in Spring 2017 for a brief tour before entering the studio to cut a second record.
“For fans of intelligent metal, any project attached to Stuart Popejoy and Steve Tanner of the Athens, Georgia noise rock outfit Harvey Milk is certainly worth investing a moment of your time to check out. But what if said project emerges without the input of its primary principles? Truth be told, Bassoon is only Tanner’s group in theory, conceived during their collaboration with journeyman avant-jazz bassist Stuart Popejoy, who participated in the creation of Harvey Milk’s 2006 LP Special Wishes. However, Popejoy turned the concept into a full-fledged vision with the help of guitarist Sean Moran and drummer John Mettam with this eviscerating eponymous debut (released August 2), with nine compositions that sound like the Melvins colliding with Melvin Sparks in an unholy union of high-brow fusion and low-end sludge. Call it ‘Bash and Bop’ with all apologies to Tommy Stinson.” — Dirty Impound
“The power trio is one of Brooklyn’s heaviest and most challenging, bringing to mind a mixture of Melvins-style avant-sludge and daredevil ’70s fusion.” – Time Out NY
“The riffs are interesting, original post-Zep, post-Zap, post-Maha sorts of things… the band takes no prisoners” – Grego Applegate Edwards
CD Available now at bassoon.bandcamp.com!
Bassoon Tour Dates (Thus Far)
April 8 El Bar Philadelphia PA
April 9 Cherry St Station Wallingford CT
April 10 Geno’s Rock Club Portland ME
April 15 Oasis New London CT
April 16 Flywheel Easthampton MA
Flywheel Artist Collective looks like a super-cool underground-ish vibe
Five by Seven VIDEO
[email protected] w/ Netherlands, Insect Ark
BASSOON Spring 2016 Tour
BASSOON Fall 2015 Tour
BASSOON minitour: Kung-Fu Necktie PHILADELPHIA w/ NIGHT RAIDS
|February 15, 2015|
BASSOON minitour: Strange Matter RICHMOND w/ Dar Sombra
|February 14, 2015|
BASSOON minitour: Sidebar in BALTIMORE w/ THE WAYWARD
|February 13, 2015|
BASSOON + Timo Ellis + Cinema Cinema @ GRAND VICTORY
|November 20, 2014|
The Grand Victory
245 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
BASSOON with COUCH SLUT, BANGLADEAFY @ Black Bear Bar
BASSOON @ St Vitus w MARATECK, NOMOTO!
|September 17, 2014|
Bassoon is finally rocking St Vitus, with an aesthetically-pleasing array of overwrought aggressiveness: MARATECK is a mind-bending trio with Jesse Kranzler, NOMOTO is Jeremy Wilms’ math overload with Kevin Shea on drums, and BASSOON will be sporting new material for the first time in years… On at 9:30 — don’t miss!
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 17 @ ST VITUS
ACTIVATOR — 10:45
BASSOON — 9:45
NOMOTO — 9:00
MARATECK — 8:15
St. Vitus (Greenpoint, Brooklyn) G to Greenpoint
1120 Manhattan Ave, New York, NY 11222
Marateck: http://youtu.be/unTRujoUzAQ http://youtu.be/unTRujoUzAQ
NOMOTO: www.soundcloud.com/nomoto-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MecJbrHmVhE
Activator: Facebook.com/activatornyc Activatornyc.com
BASSOON @ Death By Audio VIDEO by Don Mount
New Bassoon TShirt colors!
Now including the bassoon CD download. Buy it at bandcamp: https://bassoon.bandcamp.com/merch/bassoon-mandala-t-shirt
BASSOON @ Death By Audio w/ Vomit Fist, Marateck, Child Bite
|May 26, 2014|
$7 cover. Child Bite is a touring act from Detroit! Vomit Fist is Nick Didkovsky shredding it up! BASSOOOOOOOOON!
Bassoon/Sarcaustic/Elevator Rose/Blipvert @ Jack
|December 8, 2012|
Awesome, diverse lineup curated by Ron Anderson @ JACK!!
December 8th at JACK
Jack 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton and Atlantic in Clinton Hill (C or G train to Clinton-Washington) www.facebook.com/jacknewyork 8pm $10 http://www.jackny.org
Bassoon – Stuart Popejoy (bass, keyboards) Sean Moran (guitar) John Mettam (drums)
Bassoon is an instrumental metal trio. “Bassoon occasionally avails itself of sheet music onstage, but don’t let that give you the wrong idea. The power trio is one of Brooklyn’s heaviest and most challenging, bringing to mind a mixture of Melvins-style avant-sludge and daredevil ’70s fusion.” Time Out New York
SARCAUSTIC – Ron Anderson (guitar) Tim Dahl (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)
Just one rule prevails: The music has to be it direct, to the point, powerful, with no sentimental bullshit.
Elevator Rose – Performing “Worker’s Union” by Louis Andriessen
Vasu Panicker (synth) Fred Trumpy (drumset) Joe Fee (electric bass) Ela Polak (violin) Adam Forman (mallets) with guests from Luke Schwartz (guitar), Paul Pinto (piano), Jeff Young (violin) Pat Muchmore (Cello) Joe Tucker (percussion)
Elevator Rose is a contemporary-classical group. They perform great “classical” music written during the last 50 years. For this performance they will be lead by Vasu Panicker and will perform as a larger ensemble with guest musicians from Quiet City, thingNY, Anti-Social Music, and Innovox.
Blipvert – Will Redmound (electronics)
The term “Blipvert,” first used in the Max Headroom TV series, refers to an unrelenting stream of information resulting in a state of complete sensory overload. In a live setting, BlipVert’s highly frenetic and unpredictable performances make each show an experience to remember.