E - Negative Work LPLabel: Thrill Jockey Records
E, the savagely raw trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate) make angular, energized, and idiosyncratic rock music. These accomplished and inventive musicians could not be more different in the way they express themselves but their egoless dedication to ensemble playing and writing shapes E's distinct sound. Following their self-titled debut which Mojo called both thrillingly volatile and touchingly melodic, their second album Negative Work is the product of three individuals whose dedication to the collaborative process may very well be the source of compelling tension underlying their songs.
Recorded and mixed in 4 days at Machines With Magnets (Battles, Lightning Bolt, The Body), the album captures the energy of E's gripping live shows. E has been touring and writing together steadily since their debut, at an age when many musicians are loath to abandon what they are known for and jump back into the grind of establishing a new band. E's egoless dedication, love of playing, and relentless inventiveness are irresistible qualities making Negative Work an entirely singular and highly compelling rock record.