Treffpunkt

by U Sco

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New Atlantis Records is incredibly pleased to announce Treffpunkt, the latest LP from polyrhythmic avant-punks U Sco. Consisting of members from several other notable, genre-bending Portland-bred projects, including the Jezebel Spirit, With Eyes Abstract and Duck. Little Brother, Duck!, U Sco has been an electrifying, formidable staple of Portland's unparalleled punk scene since their formation in 2011.

Treffpunkt was recorded and mixed by Paurl Walsh at Roadhouse Studios in Portland in the winter of 2013. Sonically, it's the best representation of the band so far, combining the dizzying velocity of their live performances with an aural spaciousness and lucidity that highlights the group's breathtaking consideration for musical minutiae. Treffpunkt is an immensely challenging (and equally rewarding) listen, but one should hesitate to use the word "inaccessible" - U Sco's blood is red hot. In vulgar terms, this is progressive rock with a hardcore heart. A far cry from the emotionally-detached, irritatingly-positive, regurgitated diatonic Don Caballero-worship that characterizes most contemporary math rock. This is not happy music; this is not superficially fun music. Dissonant, propulsive, and pantonal- this is monolithic art rock, triumphant its raw, discomforting sonic catharsis.

U Sco is a rock and roll anomaly- a manifestation of an evolutionary path whose reason for being isn't totally apparent. They play very complex music that - contradictorily - has a ton of guts. Treffpunkt is a fantastic record, marked by virtuosic chops, incisive arrangements, and its indifference to the mechanics of the status quo. This band isn't taking their cues from anyone. Like all great bands before them, they simply exist.

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released September 15, 2014

Ryan Miller: Guitar
Jon Scheid: Bass
Phil Cleary: Drums

Stand up Bass on "Treffpunkt" by Andrew Jones

Recorded and mixed by Paurl Walsh at Toadhouse Studios in Portland, Oregon in the first week of December 2013

Additional mixing and such done in Seattle, Washington by Paurl Walsh at ExEx Audio

Mastered by Stephan Hawkes at Interlace Studios in Portland, Oregon

Art direction & design by: The Designer's Republic

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New Atlantis Records is an independent record label documenting exceptional creative music, from avant jazz and free improvisation to vanguard rock music, and beyond. The ever-blossoming catalog features contributions from Elliott Sharp, William Hooker, Microwaves, Paul Dunmall, Blind Thorns, Dave McDonnell Group, Thollem McDonas + Sara Lund (Unwound), Hyrrokkin, Haitian Rail, Keir Neuringer, etc ... more

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