Shakedown is the debut LP from Vipertime. From their birth in the snakepit of Leeds house parties, the group ventured into the studio and is now out in the wild.
The album began as band leaders Ben Powling and Matias Reed immersed themselves in the ethio-jazz of Mulatu Astatke before refracting the sound through their record collections, spanning 60s garage, psychedelia and free jazz.
After forming in early 2018 as a free improvising group Vipertime recorded their All Our Heroes Are Dead EP which received radio play on BBC 3, Worldwide FM and BBC Introducing. By the end of the year the band had settled on a permanent line up featuring members of Roller Trio, Mansion of Snakes, WorldService Project, KOG & The Zongo Brigade and Wandering Monster.
Shakedown shows Vipertime in sharp focus and with lethal intent, unleashing pounding drums, skittering percussion, snarling bass and impassioned saxophone moving between driving riffs and agile improvisation.
released May 28, 2019
Ben Powling – tenor saxophone
Matías Reed – bass guitar / electric guitar
Charlie Grimwood – drums / percussion
Luke Reddin-Williams – drums / percussion
A1 by Anna Chandler, Ben Powling and Matías Reed
A2, B1 and B2 by Ben Powling
A3 and B3 by Matías Reed
B4 by Ben Powling and Matías Reed
All tunes arranged by Vipertime
Produced, mixed and mastered by Will Jackson at Eiger Studios, Leeds
Artwork by Alex Elson
Special thanks to Jack Simpson, Garrett Brown, Will Jackson and Patch Morgan