In February, we’ll finally host the French Decibelles, who, as befits their name, don’t hold back on the guitar noise, with their explosiveness winning over METZ, Shellac, Beatsteaks and Thee Oh Sees, among others. They’ll match up against Hungarian trio Jü with the most rocking jazz album or the most jazz rock album of last year.
Decibelles found their thundering riot grrrl expression somewhere between noise, punk and razor-edged pop. Their music, composed of sharp vocal harmonies, furious guitar riffs and a thrumming bass, sprinkled with moments of lighter sweetness, brings to mind both Pixies and Repetitor, while their wild energy ensures an unforgettable live show. Just listen to the intro of the explosive first song of their March 2017 album Tight, ‘Mess’, and it’ll immediately become clear that they don’t joke around. It comes as no surprise that the trio won over METZ, Beatsteaks, Thee Oh Sees and even the legendary Shellac, with which they also paid a visit to the Italian Beaches Brew festival.
Hungarian trio Jü, featuring veteran musicians who played alongside John Zorn, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Potter and William Parker, among others, also lean on noise rock when playing and improvising their “music of ecstasy”, as well as on psychedelia, power jazz and folk. The end product? Spectacularly energetic tunes and one of the most intriguing Hungarian bands right now. Following their 2014 debut album Jü meets Møster, recorded with Norwegian saxophonist Kjetil Møster, with whom they also performed at the 56th Ljubljana Jazz Festival, the trio released their second album, Summa, last year – “the rockingest jazz album of the year or the jazziest rock album” (Nextbop).
Organisation: Kino Šiška. Jü are supported by the National Culutral Fund of Hungary and its Hangfoglaló programme.