“OCH are fabulous! Of all the things I saw in the Edinburgh Festival the stand out performance was OCH in a cellar bar, the band is tight. OCH are a brilliant set of musicians with a love of Beefheart and a desire to enjoy and play with his work rather than try and recreate it. It is part homage, part wild eyed evening of grand riffs and virtuoso playing.”
Mark Thomas, comedian/activist.
“Deeply rhythmic and rooted in the blues before spiralling off into free association, their music is a wondrous cacophony of finely tuned chaos. Even though the vast majority of the music is instrumental, much like Beefheart’s contemporary Frank Zappa, there’s a humour at play, a desire to stimulate and titillate through complex offbeat grooves and a clatter of noise. It’s a wonderful, exhilarating recreation of Beefheart’s experimentations, improvised and reinterpreted by Kettley and his quartet including the Hammer’s live debut of the growling punk funk of ‘Ant Man Bee’.”
Henry Northmore, The List
CD REVIEW BY STEVE FROY OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART RADAR STATION:
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SHORT CD REVIEW IN JAZZWISE MAGAZINE:
"Cleverly subtitled Takes on the Music of Captain Beefheart, the vocalist-saxophonist Steve Kettley's band's debut keeps it red raw with his horn playing, giving Van Vliet's tunes a jazz-rock makeover."