GAGU | IMPROVISATIONS - 2010 | C-38| NO RENT | Australia | 2000

"When I asked seasoned free-noise performer Lucas Abela (Justice Yeldham, Australia) to submit a tape to NO RENT I half expected a recording of one of his no holds barred glass shattering performances. Instead he surprised me with a collection of micro improvisations titled ‘Gagu’, which were recorded in Yogyakarta, Indonesian five years ago with Rully Shabara (Senyawa / Zoo, Indonesia) and Ramberto Agozolie (Zoo, Indonesia).

The Gagu (meaning mute in Indonesian) session was initially set up as a collaboration between Abela and the Indonesian punk band Zoo but unfortunately (or not considering the results) the remaining two members of Zoo were not able to attend. So the glass/vocals/drums trio forged on and laid down these twenty-eight frenetic tracks that bridge between, free jazz, dadaesque poetry and abstract noise."

Jason Crummer - No Rent Records

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"Straddling the world between audience-pleasing performance art and audience-alienating noise music, stands Lucas Abela, playing broken glass with his face. As much as I love his solo work, I find that it’s in group improvisation that he really shines – like a blood-splattered Hendrix, he’s best with a solid Experience backing him up. I’d heard it before with his three-piece Rice Corpse, but Gagu takes it to a whole new level, with a series of short convulsive improv jams that are like Ruins meets Melt Banana meets Naked City meets Justice Yeldham. Free-jazzy noise in bite-sized pieces, it displays everything great about Abela’s broken-glass mastery, proving once and for all that it’s way more than a crowd-pleasing schtick – and the guys from Zoo (Rully Shabara and Ramberto Agozolie) absolutely rock. Superb." - Mat Blackwell - Heathen Harvest