Robocobra Quartet - Music for All Occasions album review: Blood on the jazz floor

ROBOCOBRA QUARTETMusic for All Occasions ****Self-released

Music for All Occasions
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Artist: Robocobra Quartet
Genre: Jazz
Label: Self-Released

Imagine Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus and Rage Against the Machine meeting in a dark, absurdist alley and you have some idea where Belfast art rockers Robocobra are coming from. Robocobra Quartet is led by drummer-vocalist Chris Ryan and formed by ex-students of the city's Sonic Arts Research Centre. Their sound blends jazz, improv and experimental music with hardcore punk, agit-prop spoken-word and snatches of other musical flavours.

If this nine-piece quartet of Situationists have a message, it is not exactly explicit, but the music on this brief (25 minutes) debut is startling, fresh-sounding and fully committed.

And when the drums start to groove and the saxophones start to blow, there is no doubt that Robocobra believe in liberation through music.

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a musician, writer and director