What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding that's what we want to know: The love child of the far more out there trioVD, the slogan is ''aggro jazz'' the location is Leeds where Arise was recorded and pick of the tracks is easily 'Demise' featuring alto saxophonist Jasmine Myra and the rap from Franz Von on 'Head Up'. Percussion heavy it's a sax, bass guitar, two-drummer/percussionist band. Drummer-percussionist Luke Reddin-Williams - who was on Dave Morecroft's eternally listenable-to punk jazz innovators WorldServiceProject's 2020 release Hiding in Plain Sight - is the best known of the players. The other Vipertimers are tenorist/flautist Ben Powling (also a Hiding in Plain Sight connection) bass guitarist/guitarist Matías Reed and drummer/percussionist George Hall. Guests in addition to Myra who made a splash last year with Horizons on Manchester label Gondwana include drummer Charlie Grimwood. Certainly a groove, party, band for moshing to it seems early on, the tunes aren't amazing - more extended riffs heated up a bit. But and it's a redeeming factor the spirit lifts these up exponentially and the album shows more seriousness and interesting depth later on, particularly on 'The Wise' and 'All Our Heroes Are Dead'. Post-punk spirit and a bass line from Reed on 'Thumb Claw' sends us easily to thoughts of Joy Division's Peter Hook the punkness a strand in the band's DNA. Thundering tribal drums on the title track 'Arise' at the beginning get the party started. On 'Head Up' MC Franz Von provides a vocal that sits alongside what Soweto Kinch can do (head to seven deadly sins album The Legend of Mike Smith for some of Kinch's best rapping) and Vipertime can sound a little like Sons of Kemet but that similarity shouldn't be overemphasised at all.
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