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Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Fred Maher. "This was a time when the worlds of rock, funk, jazz, and improvisation were colliding, and there were many venues willing to host the results without much idea of what was going on, other than that it was new, hip, energetic, and drew crowds. The Zu Band had become Material in 1979, and Frith was intimately involved in their first recording, playing guitar and violin, helping with arrangements, and mixing many of the songs alongside Martin Bisi. Along with Material and Massacre, George Cartwright's Curlew, Rudolph Gray's Blue Humans, Elliott Sharp, Borbetomagus, and many other shorter lived bands were exploring different aspects of a similar terrain, some more jazz-derived, some more dance-oriented, some dealing with ecstatic noise. Massacre's territory was perhaps most closely aligned with punk, and indeed the critics coined the term punk jazz to describe most of the above groups. Massacre's pieces were often very short, always very loud, and involved intricate heads that opened into high-energy explorations of rhythm and timbre. When they performed at progressive rock venues in France in early 1981 it was like a blast of fresh air whose impact was deeply felt and long-lasting. Massacre's new life is still ongoing and they have developed into something very different, reflecting the diverse experiences that the three members have had since the early eighties. Robert Wyatt described a recent performance as demonstrating 'complete authority.' The roots of that authority can clearly be heard on
, a record that for many at the time changed everything, and which represents a true milestone in the history of experimental rock."
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