Electric NHIC evolved from the high energy avant-funk of Mayhem Circus Electric, a signature grouping of the New Haven Improvisers Collective. MCE's well-received CD, Lubricity, was praised by the New Haven Advocate for its tight post funk grooves and called fun and relentlessly heavy creative jazz by Cadence magazine. Gapplegate Music compared it to Electric Miles Davis with the jagged angularity of classic Captain Beefheart and an obvious sense of fun. In support of Lubricity, MCE took the music to rock clubs like Toads Place, and festivals around New England in addition to top jazz and new music venues like Firehouse12 and the Buttonwood Tree. The group's members come from various creative backgrounds and the music's focus naturally expanded beyond the initial high energy stomp. New tunes crept in as the group took a broader view incorporating electronica, progressive rock, moody modal melody and laid back electric jazz. The Circus and the Mayhem became only part of the story, so the band adopted the name Electric NHIC.
Mayhem Circus Electric is a raucous improv band that makes excitement out of thin air and develops written themes with a singular purpose. With just a hint of electric Miles Davis. The new CD Lubricity captures the spirit of Mayhem Circus Electric in mid-flight with sonic celebrations of solid rhythmic invention underneath spiraling themes and counter-themes. Metallic percussive fury complements exploratory bass clarinet. Oh Yeah!
Fun and Relentlessly heavy creative Jazz.
- Cadence Magazine
Tight Post-Funk Grooves. The rewards are myriad and exciting.
- New Haven Advocate
Lubricity has conceptual flair and group dynamic heft... I say bravo to all that!
—Grego Applegate Edwards
It’s a wonder that these voices aren’t usually heard outside of New Haven environs.
—Signal to Noise Magazine
Very, very nice music.
—Radiojazz 34, France
Artsy modern-musical fun.
—KZSU, Stanford California
The New Haven Improvisers Collective is a catalytic force in New Haven's burgeoning music scene
—The Hartford Courant