Since getting together some time in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill have mastered stripping down rock & roll to its elemental parts and rebuilding it in their own image. Percussionist Rick Brown escews the drum kit, instead beating out lurching and insistent rhythms on a deeply resonating plywood box, accentuated with shakers, bells, and fragments of scrap metal. Over this, guitarist Che Chen teases out longform modulating riffs of modal blues on 12-string, or elognated equal-tempered quartertone ostinato on a 6-string refretted on a visit to Mauritania.
Often augmented by a rotating cast of horn and string players, along with additional extended wailings from Brown on homemade reed instruments, the band’s hypnotic, minimal grooves exist in a liminal state between African desert blues, free jazz, proto-punk, Southern boogie, and ecstatic Arabic chaabi.
75 Dollar Bill tour dates listed on Ents24.com since Mar 2017.
Official website 75dollarbill.bandcamp.com