photo by Freshkills (hi res photo click here)
For their latest offering, Raise Up The Sheets, Freshkills tapped ‘elegant degenerate’ Jim Sclavunos, the No Wave icon who performed with Sonic Youth, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and the Cramps before hopping behind the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ drum kit. Sclavunos: “Freshkills inhabit a dark but thrilling underworld in which relentless machine-like rhythmic intensity hammers ear-anvils at the bidding of wryly louche after-hours philosophy. They’re the visceral embodiment of power and poetry.”Raise Up The Sheetsattacks on every front like a pandemic. The songs are prettier, darker, more concise and more expansive. Lipez is wounded and acerbic, the rhythm section both tight and monstrous with military precision and vulgar swing, the twin guitars frantic, chaotic and dangerous as a sharpened screwdriver. The whole band sounds like they’ve been cornered and will have to fight their way out. It’s anyone’s guess who will win, but either way, it’ll be worth watching.Freshkills has toured the US and UK, sharing the stage with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sleigh Bells, TV On The Radio, …Trail of Dead, Future of the Left and Mission of Burma amongst many more. They’ve played The Bowery Ballroom, Shea Stadium, Glasslands, C squat and all points in between.

photos by Doron Gild and Nev Brown

Zack Lipez Tim Murray Jim Paradise
Johnny Rauberts Mishka Shubaly
Performance photos by Doron Gild and Nev Brown