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Старый 30.07.2009, 04:29   #1
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По умолчанию Dif Juz

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Dif Juz was a British instrumental band, strongly influenced by dub, who were active in the early early to mid 1980s. Retroactively they can be seen to be most strongly allied with the Post-rock movement.


The members of the group were Dave Curtis (guitar), Alan Curtis (guitar), Gary Bromley (bass), and Richard Thomas (drums, percussion, saxophone). The band developed out of the punk band London Pride that was formed by the Curtis brothers. In late 1979, Alan Curtis was involved with New Wave band Duran Duran. He apparently disappeared and missed a particularly volatile gig after the band hired the owners of the Birmingham Rum Runner nightclub as managers. In a 2003 interview John Taylor (bassist for Duran Duran) said "straight away Alan Curtis skipped town, thinking getting involved with two nightclub owners meant he would end up in pieces down a city alleyway."

Following Alan Curtis' return to London he resumed his collaboration with his brother Dave and Richard Thomas (all of whom played in London Pride) and was joined by Gary Bromley. They determined to create something new and different. The name Dif Juz was adopted as a play on Different Jazz.

Dave Curtis was a trained classical guitarist, Alan Curtis's guitar play was self taught and innovative, Richard Thomas was the Jack of all Trades with a thirst for mastering wind instruments and production values and Gary Bromley's bass play whilst honed in West London could have easily found home in Kingston JA. The resulting soundscape was dense, atmospheric and spacious, driven by pounding bass lines and rhythm.

The band signed to label 4AD and a demo was played by John Peel. The band performed a number of inspiring gigs in the London area in 1981, most notably at the Moonlight Club in West Hampstead and at the Ealing Town Hall.

Fellow label mates the Cocteau Twins became great colleagues, collaborated closely and on occasion toured and played with Dif Juz amongst other venues at the Saddlers Wells Theatre.

Dif Juz is associated with their more famous contemporaries Cocteau Twins for several reasons:

* Cocteau Twins guitarist Robin Guthrie produced several of their recordings.
* Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser sang on "Love Insane" from the album Extractions.
* They were (4AD Records) label-mates and toured with the Cocteau Twins.
* Cocteau Twins bass player Simon Raymonde was quoted as saying Dif Juz were the "Best live band I've ever seen".
* The two bands shared some superficial similarities in production style, notably a love of delay and reverb effects.
* Member Richard Thomas played saxophone and tabla on Cocteau Twins' 1985 Victorialand LP.

Although the band was mainly instrumental, they also occasionally worked with a vocalist from North London, Hollis Chambers.

At one point they served as a backing band for Reggae/Dub luminary Lee Scratch Perry for a few live dates. A studio album of this collaboration was recorded with Robin Guthrie as producer but this album was never released and sits unheard in the 4AD vaults. There is currently some debate as to why. 4AD's current stance is that the Curtis brothers never really appreciated the results. However, Dave Curtis has stated that he believes it's "the best thing Dif Juz ever did".

The Present

The band never officially disbanded. However, due to health issues neither Dave Curtis nor Gary Bromley were able to devote the time needed to the band and this led to a "slow dissolve." For a time the band continued with an alternate bass player but the spark seemed to be diminishing. The final step to dissolution occurred when Richard Thomas became a touring drummer for The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Richard Thomas has also worked with Butterfly Child, Moose, Cocteau Twins, and The Wolfgang Press; Gary Bromley is currently performing in a band called "The Children"; Dave Curtis spent some time collaborating with the Wolfgang Press, This Mortal Coil and Tranquil Trucking Company.

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Старый 30.07.2009, 04:38   #2
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Extractions 1985
Soundpool 1999

В одном архиве наиболее компактный вариант для тех, кто хочет ознакомиться с творчеством этого примечательного коллектива. Альбом "Extractions" представлен CD версией, которая на пару треков длиннее виниловой. "Soundpool" - компиляция ранних альбомов 1981 года. Таким образом, в данном архиве поместилось почти все, созданное группой.

Dif Juz - музыка инструментальная, для тех, кто войдет в поток музыкального полотна и погрузится в медитативные гитарные ритмы.

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