“They transformed the video lottery parlor into a spectral, Black Lodge like atmosphere with their mysterious, trance-inducing doom jazz. Josh Feinberg was holding down the pocket on a lovely, mahogany stand-up bass, while David Haverkampf drummed like Vishnu, keeping the music swooning, ducking and diving. William Hardy alternated between John McLaughlin-like atmospheric electric guitar and triggering samples and electronics, and it seemed like the ghost of Miles was summoned in this dive bar seance parlor. A baritone sax completed the ensemble, one of my all-time favorite instruments; warm and rich and full. The music swirled like a fiery hurricane, but this chaos was entirely contained, as 30-something bohemians twirled like dervishes in the cramped confines. The crowd, made up of all stripes of humanity, were warm, friendly, and inviting. I was absolutely floored that music of this caliber is being made in the city where I live.”
“SMU made me feel as though I fell into a dubious hash addled Tangiers adventure ala the 1950s.”
“If you absolutely needed to shove the members of Stochastic Mettle Union into a genre box, the closest you could find is the one marked "jazz." But even though the group plays tunes like "Ornette's Cage"—a reference to avant-bop icon Ornette Coleman—and exhibit a penchant for double bass and wind instruments, the tag still seems limiting. This ever-evolving project encompasses some free jazz ideals (amorphous rhythms, dissonance) and rends them asunder by way of laptop manipulations and scratchy post-punk guitars. And since they improvise every performance, they could zig into pure noise or play with delicate restraint. That's a recipe for avant-greatness in my book. ROBERT HAM”
— Portland Mercury
“Stochastic Mettle Union local #35 has built a groundswell of approval and support throughout Portland, Ore., and the Willamette Valley. With descriptions of a guitar style alluding to the late great Sonny Sharrock, William Hardy mans a variety of electronics when joining bassist Josh Feinberg and drummer David Haverkampf,
From this writer’s standpoint, SMU’s art has moved on from an earlier spot that could find their "aural sculptures” dense pieces. Their recent work shows a more confident embrace of dynamic nuance and the benefits of space.
"In the continuing effort by the three-piece Stochastic Mettle Union to document most everything they do together (musically-speaking),
this past weekend the group unfurled a pair of live recordings via their SoundCloud page. Both were recorded on September 13th, are just over 10 minutes in length,
and find the trio working Pollock-like splashes of sonic color connected only by their own guile. I prefer the track above for its unhinged qualities but find some
solace in knowing that the group can play things a little more straightforward so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of some folks that might run into their work without proper notification."
..........................review by Robert Ham ...Willamette Week ..Alternative Press.....Blender....Experimental Portland
— experimental Portland
"While some of the music sounds Eno-Ambient in nature,other songs such
as "Chrystallization "--incorporate a strong jazz influence. Some of
the other songs have passages that remind me of Burzums electronic
period.Very cool sounds indeed!! Im really looking forward to the cd
release"............................ review by noted Nashville music critic.. The Rev.Keith A.Gordon
"Stochastic Mettle Union are an avant-garde and jazz-fusion three piece that will be performing their exceptional craft and filling the house with expansive ideas of sound, not to be missed"
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