Amix of darting Zappa-jazz hooks, sinister electronics, Ornette Colemanesque sax and hefty rock drumming brought young London quartet Led Bib a Mercury prize nomination in 2009. The band's latest album will almost certainly expand their audience through a more thematically varied repertoire, without sacrificing any of their usual euphoric momentum. Led Bib sounds like a heavy-metal guitar group on the opening Moth Dilemma, with Toby McLaren's keys laying fuzz-chords under the alto saxes of Chris Williams and Pete Grogan, as the piece builds to a frenetic funkiness.
Led Bib make music that we can affectionately call “death jazz”. Like a hideous convoy of B-movie monsters, this music emerges, roaring, from the slimy depths of the avant-garde. After squishing our major cities, it sets about pillaging the world of popular music like a scaly sax-playing Pied Piper bent on kidnapping all the indie kids. The London-based quintet have come to blow our speakers and our minds, and you’d better not fuss or cry; instead, put up and shut up, and just try to hear yourself think over the racket.
Mercury nominated jazz quintet’s latest is a thing of unfettered joy. Sid Smith 2011 Much like their 2009 album, the Mercury Prize-nominated Sensible Shoes, the latest record from this London-based quintet shows their appetite for confrontational hit-and-run jazz-rock remains undiminished. With music mostly composed by drummer Mark Holub, they don't so much play these tunes as go out with them for a wild bender of a weekend that is riotous, occasionally over the top but, mostly, a ton of fun.