On Noiseweek's top 5 in September '07.
A bit of Sun Ra, some Brotzmann (Peter), punk rock, John Cage = ecstatic, aggressive improv with careful, careful listening and responsive playing by all.
John Niekrasz- Percussion
Heather Vergotis - Tenor Sax
Seth Brown - Rhodes Piano
Ben Kates - Alto Sax
Ben plays in Fire&Flux. John plays in Poor School (record out on Ecstatic Peace soon), Heather plays in Cex Fucx and Hammer of Hathor and has played with Jackie-O-Motherfucker (but only, like, twice, so she's not, nor has she ever been, in JOM) and the Evolutionary Jass Ensemble. Seth is The Merce Cunningham Duo.
We've played with Weasel Walter, Carson from Hella, John Gruntfest and Wally Shoup among others.
Seth and John met in College in Missoula. Seth moved to Portland after college; John moved to Iowa. Years later in the summer of 2006 John and Ben moved to Portland in the same week and found each other through Craigslist and started Thicket while John and Seth started Why I Must Be Careful again. Heather needed a drummer for a show and when no one she knew could make it someone gave her John's number. Ben and John practiced as a duo at Seth's house. John and Seth practiced as a duo at Seth's house. John and Ben and Seth practiced as a trio at Seth's house. Ben and John and Heather practiced as a trio at Seth's house. One day we all played together. Heather moved back to NYC. Then we convinced her to move back to PDX. Then Heather booked us a show in Olympia. There's nothing like traveling to make you really feel like a band. Evan saw us play in Olympia and offered to record us. This CD is the result.
In the summer of 2007 we toured this CD on the West Coast for two weeks in our friend Phil's band. We played a couple of radio shows (KDVS, KSCB), a few galleries (21 Grand, Dangerous Curve, 1412 Gallery), a bookstore (Red Lights), a pool hall (Pallace Billiards), a coffee shop (Delta of Venus), a house, a couple of bars and a smog shop. It was rad. What was particularly gratifying was that so many different audiences were appreciative of what we do from punks to noise dudes to improvisers to rockers. Plus we got to swim in the ocean a couple of times. Check out our MySpace site for info on shows and the other bands we all play in. Hopefully we'll make it out to where you live soon.
DJ Rick of Art for Spastics and KDVS wrote, "Last night, I saw an outstanding performance in a Sacramento living room by a Portland band called Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly!, one of the newest and most life-affirming free-jazz outfits to soar the skies from your own blown-out minds. The band is a quartet of tenor and alto sax, drums, and piano, and all four members are astoundingly excellent, skitter tastefully between tight and fancy-free, and they all really feel it and are contagious."
You might like Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! if you like Sun Ra, Lightning Bolt, Ultralyd, Peter Brotzmann, Owl Xounds, The Eastern Seaboard, Quivers, The Evolutionary Jass Band, Jackie-o-Motherfucker, Frank Wright, Albert Ayler, Kaoru Abe, Sabir Mateen, Bik Bent Braam, Dream Aktion Unit, Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano...