Exposé Online banner

Ashes Are Nutritious — Frustration +
((Not on label) no#, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Frustration + Cover artThis oddly named quartet hails from South Amboy, NJ, and brings a number of strong elements to their debut studio release Frustration +, including a powerful vocal presence in frontman Billy Clifton. Not for the queasy or faint hearted, he wails and screams his way through the eleven cuts with commanding and incisive deliberation, taking no prisoners. The band is your basic, no frills guitar, bass and drums, aggressive and impassioned purveyors of what might rightfully be called math-punk, fired up and full of energy, yet these guys are truly on to something beyond their unbridled angst and pure sonic mayhem. Skillful players all, they never seem to turn down a challenge, driving their music over the top and well beyond the standard fare. There are numerous expressive passages that take the quartet into experimental territory, exploring dark textures and introspective dissonant corners of their collective soul. The disc gets even more adventurous as it goes on, culminating with the twenty minute "Siafu," an explorative free-form instrumental adventure that rivals some of the best Crimson improvs circa Thrakattak, as they move effortlessly between spacy waves of guitar feedback and driving grooves. Fans of Tool, At The Drive-In, Radiohead, and Alkaline Trio might do well to check these guys out.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Ashes Are Nutritious

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Oliver Wakeman Band - Coming to Town: Live in Katowice – Yes fans are probably aware that Rick Wakeman’s son Oliver has been playing keyboards on their recent tour, and for those curious to see what his own band looks and sounds like here’s your chance....  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues