*Carboniferous* is the 14th album from Italian trio *ZU*. Since 1999 Jacopo Battaglia (drums), Massimo Pupillo (bass) and Luca T Mai (saxophone) have gradually developed into their current form as players of a highly intricate experimental, metal/math/no-wave/free/noise/punk/jazz inspired work, breaking from the narrow confines of given music genres, and incorporating a wide array of influences into a unique sound.
Driven by a Black Flag-esque work ethic, Zu have played the astounding number of over 1000 gigs in Europe, America, Canada, Asia, Russia, and even Africa, with everyone from Fantomas, The Melvins, Lightning Bolt, The Ex,Â Ruins, DÃ¤lek, NoMeansNo, Vandermark 5, The Thing, and many more.. and have released albums on such labels as Ipecac, Atavistic, Frenetic, Red Note, Public Guilt, Headz (Japan) & Wallace.
Zu have always been veracious collaborators and have worked with a vast number of great musicians -Â Mike Patton, The Melvins, Dalek, The Ex, Peter BrÃ¶tzmann, Hamid Drake, Ken Vandermark, Alvin Curran, Nobukazu Takemura, Damo Suzuki, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Han Bennink,Paal Nilssen-Love, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally ( Fugazi ), Altered States , Amy Denio, Steve MacKay ( The Stooges! ) to name just some.
Carboniferous sees the band honing their skills and delivering ten blasts of savagery and sophistication, featuring new label boss *Mike Patton* on vocals and electronics and *Melvins/Fantomas* stalwart *Buzz Osbourne* on guitar.
The prolific multi-instrumentalist John Zorn described the band as creating “a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days”.