Primary Instrument: Synthesizer
Dear Colleagues: Talibam! is a Fun Band That Entertains.
Talibam! is one of the most potent and fascinating bands in today's music scene. The five plus years of interplay between Mottel and Shea has created one of the most unique and exciting live shows and some of the most powerfully recorded documents of any era. At a time when most culture sticks to conservative niche opportunities, Talibam! is interested in expansion and exploration; They manage to part the sea by not sticking to genre, aesthetic predisposition or the usual norms of what being a 'band' is. More inclined to put on a show that any and all will like, and not be stymied by 'avant' type casting, they have won over both unsuspecting and in the 'know' audiences worldwide. The energy of Kevin Shea's full steam drumming is not to be missed, nor is the primal tone of Mottel's synth run through a Marshall Half Stack....
Their name-- taken from a New York Post headline celebrating American bombings in Afghanistan-- may be a joke, but their music is far from a punchline. Not that it's super-serious either: Most of Talibam!'s songs are rollicking, blood-pumping workouts that surely take a few cases of Red Bull to complete. But these guys have sharp skills and diverse ideas and can do a lot more than just sprint. Their music evokes the raucous party-noise of Hal Russell or the Sun Ra Arkestra, but also the agility of ensembles led by David Ware or William Parker. On top of that, Talibam! adds prog and math-rock flourishes akin to Don Caballero and Battles. - Mark Masters, Pitchfork Media
...Talibam! have created an eclectic, muscular rock/noise-inflected Improv all their own. ...things fall apart wonderfully...out of sheer exuberance and pure adrenalin pushing the musicians and the music up to and over the edge. The energy level is worthy of Borbetomagus, but it spills out in all directions, from demented free noise polka to post-Prog funk chorale...The cumulative effect of it all is pretty mindblowing...Talibam! could well be the most exciting improv outfit you'll hear all year...this is more a point of no return than a point of departure...the view from the cliff top is magnificent. - Dan Warburton, Wire Magazine
Talibam! / Wasteland Jazz Unit- Ecstatic Jazz Duos split LP (Thor's Rubber Hammer, 2008)
Talibam! / But God Created Woman- split 7" (Holidays Records, 2008)
Talibam!- Chewy Needs His Meat C40 (Stop Scratching Tapes, 2008)
Talibam!- Live + Live = ? Cassette C60 (No=Fi Recordings, 2008)
Talibam!- Ordination Of The Globetrotting Conscripts CD (Azul Discografica, 2007)
Talibam!- The Excusable Earthling LP (Pendu Sound, 2007)
Talibam!- Live at Tonic, NYC CDr (Blackest Rainbow, 2007)
Talibam!- Buns and Gutter CD (Gaffer Records, 2007)
Talibam! / Le Harmacy- split C30 (MT5 Tapes, 2007)
Talibam! - Hungry Hungry Hemispheres CDR (Fair School, 2006)
V/A- Less Self Is More Self 2xCD (Ecstatic Peace, 2006)
V/A- Getting Rid Of The Glue LP (Pendu Sound, 2006)
Talibam!- Self-Titled debut CDr (Evolving Ear, 2005)
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