Brace Up! is the first ever studio release from the duo of Chris Corsano (drums) and Bill Orcutt (guitar). Recorded in Brussels at Les Ateliers Claus by Christophe Albertijn on March 19th and 20th, 2018. Stage dive photograph by Jason Penner.
"Over the past six years or so, drummer Chris Corsano has proven to be
one of Bill Orcutt's most reliably flexible collusionists. Regardless of
whether Bill is cluster-busting electric guitar strings, weaseling
around with cracked electronics, or playing relatively spacious
free-rock, Corsano is able to provide the proper base for his aural
sculpting. A lot of Orcutt's instrumental work has traditionally felt
hermetic even though he's exploring caverns of explosive ecstasy. One
often got the impression Bill was operating in the way John Travolta did in the classic 1976 ABC television drama, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
Orcutt's actual interaction with collaborators emerged not from
communication so much as pure observation. While he was fully cognizant
of his musical surroundings, his reactions to it were walled off. This
approach did not encourage sonic dialogue so much as parallel streams of
discourse. These streams could interact with each other, but not in
particularly standard ways. On Brace Up! , their first ever
studio release, this precept has changed considerably. Whether it's a
function of emotional familiarity or an intellectual choice I dunno, but
there's a whole new kind of duo exchange going down on this record.
Bill and Chris are clearly playing off each other's moves throughout the
album. And it really raises the level of the music to an all-time high.
From the cop car see-saw of 'Poundland Frenzy' to the mutual pummeling
of 'Paranoid Time' (possibly a Minutemen tribute?) to the lazychicken- gets-stung-prog of 'She Punched a Hole in the Moon for Me,' the sounds on Brace Up!
display a constant flow of ideas and instantaneous conjugation of newly
forged verbs. As great as Bill and Chris's previous duo records have
been, this one's greater." -- Byron Coley