Who ever said that an avant-garde guitar player couldn’t lead a heavy metal power trio while playing the banjo? Well, no one probably – such a thing would hardly strike anyone as being possible, let alone desirable. But if the idea would have come into some naysayer’s brain in a fit of deranged inspiration, Brandon Seabrook would hereby prove them wrong.
The self-titled CD by Seabrook Power Plant is Brandon Seabrook’s debut as a leader, but his six- (and four-ie. tenor banjo) string abilities have been dropping jaws on the thriving Brooklyn scene since the mid-1990s. He’s garnered accolades as a member of Radical Jewish punk band Naftule’s Dream and managed to impress even alongside heavyweights like Jessica Pavone, Peter Evans, Marc Ribot, Trevor Dunn, Roswell Rudd, Roger Miller (Mission of Burma) and Maurice Sendak (Author of Where the Wild Things Are).
For his own project, however, Seabrook wanted a tight-knit band sound, and called upon bassist Tom Blancarte and his younger brother Jared Seabrook on drums. Seabrook Power Plant – yes, it is an actual facility in New Hampshire, 40 miles north of Boston, where Seabrook studied at the New England Conservatory – is musical fission at its most explosive, fueled by Seabrook’s high-intensity shredding on both guitar and tenor banjo.
A combination of thrash, jazz, doom, rock, punk, and folk, Seabrook Power Plant is a visceral debut from a trio conducting experiments sure to contaminate listeners for the foreseeable future.
1.Peter Dennis Blanford Townshend
2.Ho Chi Minh Trail
3.Waltz of the Nuke Workers
5.Base Load Plant Theme
6.I Don't Feel so Good
Brandon Seabrook - guitar, banjo
Tom Blancarte - bass
Jared Seabrook - drums