Weavil30DD - 2008
Steve Noble (drums/percussion), John Edwards (bass) and Alex Ward (electric guitar) are N.E.W.. Deadeye Tricksters incorporates language, ritual, myth, and laughter. Play is at the heart of the interaction of these great players. From the opening riff, with Ward\'s scattergun guitar fizzing around Noble\'s detonations, the game is on. It\'s often the element of play in improvised music that prepares the ears for its more profound moments. The skittering of drum and bass gives way, suddenly, to a sonic shriek, a blast that leaves the listener metaphorically pressed against the wall. There are few musical experiences that move from the titillating to the terrifying in such a short space of time. Noble, Edwards, and Ward are experts at the improv game, tooled up, as they are, with sharp musical wits, adroit techniques and almost uncanny powers of perception.