Screaming Headless Torsos
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Erupting onto the fertile NYC music-scape in 1991, this rock-funk-punk-jazz band, inspired by Bad Brains and singer Nina Hagen, amazed music fans and musicians with their exceptionally high energy and virtuosic musicianship, and— with the release of their first CD 1995 (Warner-Discovery Records)— achieved virtual cult status, inspiring cover bands and imitators across the globe. The Torsos unique blend of funk-rock abandon, thought provoking lyrics, with just the right amount of improvisation and a hunger to explore prog-rock, soul, jazz, roots reggae, hip-hop, and all manner of groove, was captured on their 1996 release, Live!!, which has repeatedly landed on “Best of All Time” lists in prominent publications worldwide. The Torsos’ 2005 CD, a ten year celebration of their unique chemistry and irreverent (and sometimes wacky) artistry, added vocalist Freedom Bremner (Moby, D’Tripp, De La Soul, Paul Young, Patti LaBelle, Star Search and many TV, film and video game recordings) to the band.
Speaking of the band, these are all incredible players in their own right and have collectively played with many of the biggest names in the pop and jazz worlds. Lead by guitarist and self-described musical hunter & gatherer David “Fuze” Fiuczynski (Stewart Copeland, Jack DeJohnette, John Zorn, Hiromi, Bernie Worrell, Dennis Chambers, Me’shell NdegeOcello, Marcus Miller, John Medeski, Ronald Shannon Jackson, countless others) a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the rhythm section of drummer James “Biscuit” Rouse (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rogers & Chic, Usher, Lauren Hill, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep and countless others), bassist David “DJ” Ginyard (Queen Latifah, Solange, Terrence Blanchard, Blood Orange, Boyz II Men, Dirty Projectors, many others) and celebrated percussionist Danny Sadownick (Christian McBride Band, Dave Stryker Quintet, Michael Brecker Quindectet, Rock Candy Funk Party, others) anchor the band, as the aforementioned Bremner delivers the lyrical attack.
The Torsos have spent most of the the last decade touring outside of the U.S., performing at (and in some cases, headlining) major international jazz and rock festivals, including Vive Latino 2011 in Mexico City, Jazz Al Parque 2012 in Bogota, Colombia, The National Theater of Ecuador in 2013, and the Tonica Jazz Festival 2014, which was followed by a 16 city European Tour and a 10 city tour of Spain in 2015. In 2014, the Torsos released, Code Red, which was produced by Gregg Fine and fourteen-time Grammy winning producer Ron Saint Germain (Muse, Living Colour, Michael Jackson, 311, Diana Ross). The album continued the Torsos’ tradition of mashing up styles, and features performances from Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), James Valentine (Maroon 5), Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) and Chris Fisher (Funk Nuveau). Code Red was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone Magazine and was a top pick by Playboy and Warp magazine. Indie Rocks Magazine ranked Code Red as one of the top 100 CD’s of 2014. The Big Takeover Magazine wrote “Far from any hardline pop sensibilities, Code Red breaks down musical barriers and invites us all to join in the fun of Screaming Headless Torsos.”
Fast forward to today: Screaming Headless Torsos is back with a vengeance, celebrating 20 years of making the avant pop-funk-rock creations that thrill their fans and inspired many of the young lions playing on the scene today. Returning to the progressive rock-jazz-jam band world that they helped create 25 years ago, the Torsos have evolved slightly from the more punk-infused aspect of the band’s 1990’s iteration. They are still a genre-bending rock band that delivers a blistering live show, but it is somewhat more dynamic, even featuring some long form jazz-oriented explorations, as seen in their 2017 collaboration with fiery jazz pianist and international superstar Hiromi.
The band is hitting the road aggressively in the U.S., and new projects and exciting collaborations are on the horizon. Keep an ear out, keep a foot out too, whatever body part you shake when the groove, the grease, and the grey matter take over. Torsos is comin’.
Musician Magazine: “…brilliantly blending jazz know-how with a love for heavy riffs.”
Guitar Player: “…combines a hip handle on high culture with a wicked knack for the raw groove.”