Spoken word with your punk-jazz? Robocobra have been around a while boosted by Belfast promoter Moving on Music and breaking out beyond the local scene via wider appreciation and word of mouth. The ''punk-jazz'' is really about energy so create a Venn diagram with free-jazz skronking on the left, dingy dystopian beat spoken word poetry on the right and in the middle that's the kind of punk jazz you move towards.
Radically different to the punk jazz of the Morecroftian maelstrom found in the music of kindred spirits WorldService Project for instance edgy drummer leader Chris Ryan who also does the messianic vocals is eminently charismatic as a ''front'' man while the band heart is centred on bass guitarists Nathan Rodgers and the multi-tasking Ryan Burrowes. Tom Tabori, Peter Howard and Thibault Barillon do the skronking. I liked 'Flew Close' better than 'Wellness' and went searching for more extensive improvisation and the sweary 'Labyrinth' suggests the start of such a thread. A band who appeal more to non-jazz fans than jazz heads depending on taste perhaps. That doesn't matter at all. Living Isn't Easy preaches to the converted and that number is growing all the time. This record will accelerate that process. SG