Capturing the intense energy of their live show with the pristine sound of a studio recording, Aggressive Hippies, Marbin's fifth album, which includes eight new compositions (and one improvised extended intro track) that feature Danny Markovitch (sax) and Dani Rabin (guitar) at their best, is the most prog rock of Marbin's albums to date. With the help of Greg Essig (drums) and John W. Lauler (bass), Marbin sounds as tight as only a band that plays out every night can sound. Markovitch had this to say:
"Working on this album was a blast. We entered the studio and just started playing. I think you can feel the good time we had when you listen to it. The songs are constructed from many small sections, which is very different than the melody-solo-melody form we used exclusively in the past, and I think it propels the music forward and keeps it engaging the entire time.”
Rabin tells the story behind the album's name:
In november 2013, we broke down leaving Knoxville, TN. We needed a new rear end, so we were stuck there for a few days and had to cancel a number of upcoming shows. One day we were hanging out in Market Square playing gypsy jazz, when a group of hippies approached us and said, "You guys are Marbin, what are you doing playing on the street? Come hang out with us at our hippie shack around the corner."
Around the corner turned into twenty miles into the Smoky Mountains, at a series of dimly lit shacks that smelled like patchouli. The owner of this shack was a seventy-year-old chick named Morning Star. She was wearing a tie-dye dress and holding a violin.
"Dani, play this! You're gonna be great!” I said no, but she insisted, so I started screeching away at this fiddle. At one point, her hippie son approached me and asked,
"Dani, do you want to jam like a man"?
“Yes,” I said. "What do you have in mind?"
He said, "Come over to my hippie shack next door. I got a Marshall amp and a Les Paul guitar."
To which I replied, "YES!
So we go to his place, I grab the gear and then the guy pulls out a massive pistol from a holster. He says, "Do you want to go to the basement and check out my trains?"
Now... I saw Pulp Fiction so I know what goes on in the basement, but you don't say no to a dude with a gun. So I go to the basement.
When we get down there, he flicks a switch and this very elaborate train set starts riding around some plastic tracks on the floor. At this point, the hippie holsters his weapon and says, "Cool right?"
I didn't get raped. But, we did get a good album title out of it.
released October 5, 2015
Dani Rabin - Guitar
Danny Markovitch - Sax
Greg Essig - Drums
John W. Lauler - Bass
supported by 14 fans who also own “Aggressive Hippies”
I missed out on MoonJune Records last Bandcamp Friday, oops! So, this weeks Dewa-in-nyc-campaign came as a nice reminder not to get sloppy supporting this valiant label/cause. I think the Indonesian guitar master's 2018 album was the last of his MoonJune works, that didn't make it into my collection but disappeared in the depths of the wishlist. Hereby fixed ;-)
His co-workers on this album are more of a (prog) rock crowd than the jazz cats assembled on his other MoonJune recordings. Carsten Pieper
supported by 13 fans who also own “Aggressive Hippies”
As a fan of progressive fusion (with a touch of "world music") you can never do wrong with Indonesian master guitarist Dewa Budjana. Hard to believe that this album has, as so many others, been recorded under what we came to know as "pandemic conditions". Another brilliant album released by the incredible one-man record company MoonJune Records! Carsten Pieper