Crisis is the first full length recording by Calgary based trio
NoMoreShapes, featuring Jay Crocker on guitar & electronics,
J.C. Jones on trombone and Eric Hamelin on drums & percussion. NoMoreShapes
was formed in 2007 through a series of early Bug Incision (bugincision.com)
gigs and from tapes filled with seemingly unremarkable, sweaty keyboard
& drum riffs (written & recorded by Eric Hamelin). These disparate
motifs would turn out to be the starting point for the trio's music and
within the year enough material for an album was developed.
Creesus Crisis explores territories such as small sound
electronic improvisations to full on Ornette-ish like free bop, drawing
from musical sources such as rock , pop, folk, jazz, free improvisation
and noise. NoMoreShapes have previously shared bills
with the Cowboy Junkies, ZMF trio (Jesse Zubot, Jean Martin, Joe Fonda),
Copilots, Joe Sorbara, Josh Zubot, Chad VanGaalen and more. Live shows
include original compositions and arrangements from such sources as Black
Sabbath, Thelonius Monk and Steve Lacy.
Aside from his main gig as Chad VanGaalens drummer, Eric
Hamelin has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Josh
Zubot, Copilots, Jesse Zubot, Simon Fisk, Pierre-Yves Martel, Tania Gill,
Lina Allemano, Chris Dadge, Darren Williams, Dave Chokroun and many more.
Jay Crocker produces his own solo pop and improv recordings,
and has produced a hand full of albums for various bands and singer songwriters.
Jay is also a member of the band Ghostkeeper (out on Flemish Eye). Crocker
has shared the stage with Eric Chenaux, the Akron family and many others
and is also a staple in the Calgary improv and noise scene.
J.C. Jones has played/recorded with a host of wide-ranging
acts such as Ryan Bourne to Chamber Graffiti and has also recently been
featured as a harpist/vocalist on a Smithsonian compilation documenting
Welsh folk music.
"The album has a likably garagey sound
as the trio hustles through moody, splintery bop and clattery rock."
- The New York Times
"Creesus Crisis shows creatively orchestrated
compositions and mature, cogent improvisation skills from three fine emerging
musicians." - Exclaim!
"...like mad scientists turned loose
in the lab, feeding off one each others talents and eccentricities
until you swear you think they are at least a quartet." - Pop
"...imbued with enough unpredictable
twists and turns to keep any beatnik or bopper on their toes." -
"It's a gas!" - Foxy
"With all the energy of the three
players bundled, the players move very decisively towards their target."
- Vital Weekly
"...a short, sharp, very effective
album..." - Paris Transatlantic Magazine
"...this collective could be equally
comfortable in a jazz club or in experimental rock circles..." -
Signal to Noise
"...poised approach. Nice debut!"
- Free Jazz (Blog)
"...restless and dynamic..."
- The Sound Projector
"This trio is clearly at home on Drip
Audio." - Monsieur Delire (François Couture)
Review: The New York Times
Review: Foxy Digitalis
Review: Paris Transatlantic Magazine
Review: Pop Matters
Review: Signal to Noise
Review: Free Jazz
Review: FFWD Weekly
Review: Monsieur Délire (SCROLL DOWN!)
Review: The Sound Projector