Cosplay instrumentalism is always interesting. Quick explanation - far too under-rated drummer Dave De Rose does not wear an admiral's tricorn or peer into the telescope through the wrong end. He is merely here playing bass guitar within a very nifty trio set-up. ''East angular'' tenorist George Crowley and new drum 'un in GoGo Penguin Jon Scott - remember the fabulous Dice Factory? - don't don the motley either. And thankfully the whole sound has a dress-down even piratical likeability factor.
Scuffling grooves and an appealing electronica shimmer conspire to make the sound not at all naked and its organic credentials would get the nod even from Charles Dickens' Mr Bumble implacable in front of a brass knob fronting a door that you desperately need to swing ajar but know never will. 'Genome' is clubby without trying to be and if anything is going to be remixed for the disco Daves of the dance floor to whirligig to it is this banger. Scott is excellent throughout. Crowley delivers a certain magick without tears to be incendiary on 'Open To It' the triplet feel going toe to toe with the obese bass guitar helpings and bigger beat. It's a Friday and the mood lifts from the vaguely desperate to the mirthlessly joyous which is progress relatively speaking but this is the dog's bollocks any day of the week.
Agile Experiments - Jon Scott, top left, George Crowley, Dave De Rose. Photo: press
- More DeRose in a meeting of minds on Plants Heal (2021) with Dan Nicholls