Henderson was also on the 2009 studio session in Auckland with Japanese drummer Shoji Hano, guitarist Paul Buckton and electric bassist Paul Winstanley for the album which has appeared as Eyeballs.
Again there an exciting, visceral energy in places (notably the title track where you get a sense that wrestling cover shot is emblematic), but this is just as interesting is when they pare right back to subtle, almost pointillistic playing (the opening passages of Heavy Water where sonic possibilities are explored).
The sound of prepared guitar and drums playing off each in excitable dialogues -- and sometimes parallel monologues with bass carrying on another stream of thought -- is a real highpoint here. Ear Island is 14 minutes which keeps you gripped the whole way.
Although perhaps a little more work than Melancholy Babes (because percussion is so the fore), this is a real milestone album in the genre.
released October 26, 2012
Shoji Hano - drums
Jeff Henderson - alto / baritone saxophones
Paul Buckton - guitar
Paul Winstanley - bass