This is the vinyl debut of the Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, hailing out of Lebanon – a region we don’t see too much of, musically, in the west. The butcher on the cover, with blood darkening his apron and extravagant cleaver, looks like he’s about to serve some tacos al pastor but considering the cultural context it’s probably for shawarma. This is just making me think about lunch… anyway, as you might have come to expect whenever you catch sight of a lengthy name, this band traipses in post-rock territory but wanders further unto the breach. They sound like a more cheerful Godspeed You! Black Emperor on the intro track, and I’m not just saying that because they’re post-rock. This comes from the way the song’s structured from the archetypal, meandering, path to the build-up to the crazed break out that is the prolonged climax. “Bedo’s Lullaby” and on-ward, you’ll find the band immersing itself in a psychedelic haze. Listen to the Spotify stream of Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

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Vinyl debut by Lebanon's Johnny Kafta Anti Vegetarian Orchestra featuring members of Malayeen, Scrambled Eggs & A-Trio!

Initially a combination of two of Lebanon's most active and longest standing groups, JKAVO was founded when Scrambled Eggs (punk-rock band founded in 1998) & "A" Trio (free improv trio founded in 2002) joined forces and mixed styles to record "Beach Party at Mirna el-Chalouhi" in January 2009, combining each trio's distinctive sound to create something genuinely new, somewhere between punk and krautrock, free jazz and improvisation. Though self-released and self-distributed in a very special format on Al Maslakh sub-label Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu, the CD received very positive feedback leading to several concerts in Lebanon under the band’s new identity.

On one occasion the band was joined by seminal American guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp, and in their European debut, they were augmented by Australian drummer Tony Buck.

In August 2012, the band finally recorded their new album, adding a strong element of composition to their usual improvisations, ranging from noisy ambient atmospheres to full energy free rock explosions. The four tracks on this album define the band’s new sound: more control that may allow more freedom.

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