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"If you're the type
that likes to listen to improvisational guitar music in one ear and Hawkwind
and Ash Ra Tempel in the other..." - Jerry
Kranitz / Aural Innovations
" He utilizes, again
and again, one of the most wicked slides of any white boy since John Lennon.
One single-take, one-track bit...even plays the Derek Bailey subjective
guitar game." - Glenn Thrasher/Lowlife Magazine
"...will bring to mind
the gentle mourning of "Deja Vu"-era CSNY one moment, then Sonic
Youth and Shellac aggressiveness the next." - Scott
McLennan / Worcester T & G
"The guitars on "The
Hamburger Song" are playful and remind me of something from Fred Frith's
Gravity/ Speechless albums." - Jerry Kranitz / Aural
man's Richard Thompson."
- Mark Paolini/WCUW
"He does this percussive
guitar music. Yeah, it's been compared to Fred Frith. That sort of angular
percussion, guitar jamming, strange and freaky, lots and lots of fun for
the deranged. Fortunately, I'm deranged myself, so I can really go to town
on this, otherwise unfathomable, three hour trip into guitar-space-out-
- Dan Fioretti / Sound
guitar-improv-noise, sometimes set to drum machine, sometimes not, sometimes
topped with synthesized vocal lines that are not meant to be easily understood.
Deliberately obscure, arty noise-compositions that would probably work
well as soundtracks to some smoky, dark film about the urban underground...something
like Liquid Sky. Undeniably freaked-out stuff,
that works best when it isn't trying to be obscure. More inspired than
past Bret tapes...and a richer, ingeniously textured mix. Try and picture
a cartoon featuring Elmer Fudd on 2 hits of acid...here's the music for
it." - Bob Z / Bad Newz
"Some sort of dreamy
Bob Dylan-in-Jujuland digital breeding pool." -
"But from "There's Plaid
In My Soup!" we launch into beautiful chaos with a mosh of Snakefinger-like
guitar and an array of high volume sound. And speaking of the late great
Snakey one, "Uncle Don's Umbrella" struck me as being something like Part
II of the Residents/ Snakefinger rendition of "Satisfaction", only here
the individual players stand out more amongst the madness."
- Jerry Kranitz / Aural Innovations
"Jerry Jeff Walker meets
Faust for beers with Phish!"
- SHAN'T RANT
"HipBone can be somewhat
reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, in that it relies heavily on melodic
progressions. Their compositions often leave the listener sensing
that the arrangement was created from improvisational experiments (which
many of them are)."
- Charlene Arsenault
/ Fitchburg Sentinal
"Anchored by Hart's
unique guitar style, a slinky, spindled thing reminiscent of
ex-Beefheart axeman Gary Lucas, No More Bandages!
creeps through mental crawlspaces stacked with dark revelations.
Bret's voice, a gruff, prosaic baritone in the style of Dylan
and Robbie Robertson is the perfect compliment to his weirdo folk-skronk."
- Jim Santo's Demo-Universe
"A quirky pace is set,
almost like an avant-garde musical or something like The Residents "Mark
Of The Mole". I think that's a good analogy."
- Jerry Kranitz / Aural
"He's like a verbose
Henry Kaiser. - BobJordan/musicologist
"There's some Jazz influence
in here, some bluesy riffs, and unexpected, Brechtian tape-editing where
we get to hear the artists chatting about the
music as they are putting
it together, like a camera's-eye view of the artists as they are doing
their recording..." - Bob Z / Bad Newz
"Bret's like an amoeba
-- he just plays, and his heroes are right there with him. Other
reviews I've read make some comparisons with Fred Frith, maybe even Davey
Williams...those giants, and many other players, are "right there" in his
studio with him..." - Dick Metcalf / Electronic Cottage
"Hart utilizes an organic-electronic
approach to create his dissonant and melodic songscapes: guitars, Casio
sampling, frying pans, boxes, bells, and a host of Korean instruments (including:
hey-goom, pook, kweng-gwa-ri, chook-pee, and doh-doo-me-tole). A quick
and all-too-ready list of references springs to mind (Hollis-Schwartz and
Mick Karn, in particular).
- Andy Pierce / Gajoob
"...reminded me of what
I saw and heard Fred Frith doing in a solo performance on prepared guitar
in the mid-80s." - Jerry Kranitz / Aural Innovations
"Hart differs from his
solo musician peers in his choice of playing an electric guitar fed through
a barrage of tube screamers, compression units, and boosters. The
result was a sound not unlike that of a whale giving birth."
- Eric Hellweg / FSC Strobe
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