What do you get when you blend the funk-rhythm of James Brown with the freeform playing of Ornette Coleman and then sift those particles through a punk rock sieve? It’s not a trick question, there’s an answer.
His name is James Chance and he was a key figure in the No Wave movement of the late 1970s and early ’80s, solidifying said movement in fundamental bands including Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, James White & the Blacks as well as collaborations with Lydia Lunch and Blondie.
Now, he’s created a collision of jazz-blues-funk-punk with the newly-formed ensemble, the Contortions and for the first time ever, the collective will hit up Australia in January, playing four shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Playing alongside the Northcote Social gig is Melbourne’s mutant-dance-pop band No Zu, with more supports to be announced. If you’re not familiar, get familiar.