Farvefisen blomstrer

by Sweet Banditry

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Sweet Banditry, formed by Danish saxophonist and vocalist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen in New York City, presents a debut album erupting with energies from all angles. Jensen, normally a saxophonist, concentrates on composition and vocalizations in her new quartet consisting of some of the most cutting edge musicians in the New York avant-garde scene. Jensen's lyrics, in her native Danish, offer scathing indictments of contemporary Danish and Western society while the rest of the band blast through Jensen's compositions, obliterating past rock and roll ideals before building them up again into something new. The lyrics and artwork (also Jensen's) are inspired by controversial Danish artist and filmmaker Jens Jørgen Thorsen's ideas and personality, perhaps best exhibited by the CD image which features the band's name scribbled onto Jensen's pregnant belly.

A convulsive panoply of post-rock, punk and free improvised sounds, their debut presents all of the spoils one would expect from bandits back from a fresh musical raid.


“…just plain scary. An impressive debut from one of Downtown’s better kept secrets.”

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“Squalling feedback and a fracas of inhuman screams conspire to create a racket that I can only describe as utterly fucking deranged.

…Sweet Banditry push parameters to create experimental music with results that are unpredictable, unexpected, unusual. It’s also exciting and curiously compelling, not to mention at times plain scary in its complete derangement. And that’s a very good thing indeed.”
- Whisperin and Hollerin

“ I have never come across a record in all my years as a jazz blogger that comes so dangerously close to being made of nitroglycerine as this one… It’s corrosively sharp. Overwhelmingly brutal.”

- Niels Overgård, Jazznyt

“…Farvefisen blomstrer sounds like Halloween night times ten… I’d recommend giving Farvefisen blomstrer a good, loud listen but not right before going to bed. Otherwise, sleeping might be difficult.”

- Victor, Something Else!

“Farvefisen blomstrer is the quartet’s apocalyptic, mind-bending debut, and it’s a crusher thick with Jensen’s satanic howling and sax squeals, Seabrook’s chugging metal maelstrom, Blancarte’s rhythmic boom and Shea’s usual bonkers beats. Prepare for rip-faced improv chaos with these four purveyors leading the charge.”

- Brad Cohan, Village Voice

“The band Sweet Banditry asks the musical question, “if a post-punk jazz band sings in Danish, does the sound still scare you?” The answer is definitely, yes!

The music, dedicated to controversial Danish filmmaker Jens Jørgen Thorsen, stacks a punk performance upon composed and improvised heavy metal jazz.”

- Mark Corroto, All About Jazz


released March 3, 2014

Sweet Banditry is

Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen (The Home of Easy Credit) - saxophone, flute, vocals & electronics
Brandon Seabrook (Seabrook Power Plant) - guitar
Tom Blancarte (The Gate, Peter Evans Quintet) - bass
Kevin Shea (Talibam!, Mostly Other People Do The Killing) – drums

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, Queens, NY January 2013

All compositions, poems & drawings by Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen (KODA)

Photographs by Nikki D'Agostino


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