After more than 600 concerts around the globe, five studio albums and a variety of live releases over the years, the Scandinavian garage, free jazz trio, The Thing – Mats Gustafsson (bass, baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (electric bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) — are excited to present their sixth studio album, BOOT! As the first album on their new label, The Thing Records, and first studio album following their collaborative release with Neneh Cherry, 2012’s The Cherry Thing, BOOT! is The Thing’s most hard-hitting, open and epic release to date. Recorded over three intense days, BOOT! breathes life and energy, capturing the deep riffs and distorted activities of the electric bass, the attack of the snare drum, the depth of the bass sax and epic lines of the tenor sax. It marks an important development in the trio’s endless search of musical poetic meltdowns with its definite rock sound and open playing. Throughout, they transform their roots, combining their own free jazz and punk aesthetics with elements of Ethiopian music, soul, funk and noise, and re-work album-oriented material by jazz icons, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington.
Gatefold Sleeve. Compositions by THE THING – Håker Flaten (TONO), Gustafsson (STIM) and Nilssen-Love (TONO). Composition by Ellington published by Tempo Music, Inc. Composition by Coltrane published by Jowcol Music. Recorded February 11–13th 2013 at Grand Sport studio, Oslo.