Bad Luck

Four

Origin 82760

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Bad Luck chop up time and space into jagged, unpredictable shapes, but sometimes they hit upon a quasi-funk groove that sounds like an asymmetrical avalanche. Most of the time, you have no idea where they're going, but they impel you to follow closely, no matter what.
Dave Segal, The Stranger

Bad Luck performs in another cosmos from most bands. Emerging out of more than a decade of collaboration, the new album Four "bears down on you like a cyclone of fire" (The Stranger) and is a genre-defying supernova of electronics, hip hop, metal, folk and jazz.

Saxophone/electronics player Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano met ten years ago as jazz students at the University of Washington and built a friendship as they discovered free improvisation together. Or, as Welch puts it, they "collectively destroyed the fabric of their musical identities by slamming their instruments like a hammer on an anvil."

The two spent years making epic long-form compositions (and three albums) in the tradition of free jazz legends like John Coltrane. Their new album, Four, recorded at Avast Studios with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Marissa Nadler) slams the epic energy of those free improvisations into shorter, rhythmic forms. Welch screams and breathes into his horn, acoustically creates chords, and uses electronics more familiar to guitar players. Icasiano does things that seem impossible with four drumsticks at once. The music has been electrifying audiences in Seattle at packed shows. Bad Luck Four is a big album ready for a big stage.


Track Listing:

1. Four - 8:25
2. R.B.G. - 11:47
3. Index - 6:25
4. Capital - 6:42
5. Bends - 12:21
6. Big Sky - 8:56

All compositions by Bad Luck

Performers:

Bad Luck is:
Neil Welch - saxophone, live electronics
Christopher Icasiano - drums

Production Info:

PRODUCED BY
Randall Dunn + Bad Luck

RECORDED BY
Randall Dunn at Avast! Recording Co.
Seattle, WA — May 27-29, 2016

MIXED BY
Randall Dunn at Avast! Recording Co.
Seattle, WA — Aug 25-26, 2016

MASTERING
Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service
Chicago, IL

PHOTOGRAPHY
Jake Knapp

DESIGN
Studio A440 — Andrew J.S.


Reviews of Four

The Answer is in the Beat (Paul Simpson)
Bad Luck are a Seattle-based duo consisting of drummer Christopher Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch, who also handles electronics. Together, they have an interstellar sort of chemistry comparable to Chicago Underground Duo, along with some of the prismatic firebreathing of Colin Stetson. This is easily much darker, stranger, heavier, and spacier ...

The Stranger (Dave Segal)
Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Bitches Brew-like Zoner "Four" by Seattle Jazz Duo Bad Luck Bad Luck, "Four" (Origin). Seattle duo Bad Luck—saxophonist/loop manipulator Neil Welch and drummer Chris Icasiano—have been making jazz fiery again over the last few years. They generate a lot of heat and fury for two people, and their live perfo ...

Earshot Jazz (Ian Gwin)
For over a decade, Seattle-based duo Bad Luck—that's Neil Welch (saxes, electronics) and Chris Icasiano (drums)—have packed and unpacked their deceptively simple formula of drums and saxophone. Through their deep musical partnership, they continue to recast the mold of contemporary music. Over countless fiery performances and three full-length ...

Bandcamp Daily (Dave Sumner)
Best Jazz on Bandcamp / Aug 2018 The Bad Luck duo is a powder keg of intensity, and it takes only the faintest spark to detonate. But the resulting combination of saxophone and drums isn't solely defined by its heat. There's a beguiling motion to the flames, a hazy sense of melodic deliberateness that's the key to the music's hypnotic effect. Drum ...

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