Cock E.S.P. is a Minneapolis-based noise outfit that marks their 20th anniversary this year. And whether or not you are someone who can sit down and really enjoy the experience of listening to their music, it's pretty difficult to argue with the pure intent and ethos behind their work. They exist in a space where making a statement about the current musical landscape is a far more important goal than any other, and that statement seems to be that music, like any art form, needs to be transgressive in order to stay interesting.
For a band that's been around in some form or another for two decades, they don't appear to show much sign of slowing down. Their last full-length release, Historia de la Musica Cock, is likely their most ambitious work to date. It serves as a sort of tribute to the last century of experimental music and art through short, violent blasts of noise, each track rarely exceeding 40 seconds. Also worth mention are the hilariously low-brow, play on word references to everything from French composer Claude Debussy to Dadaist painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp sprinkled throughout the song titles. It's a dense piece of work that flies by in just under 38 minutes.
Ahead of tonight and Thursday's shows at the Hexagon to commemorate their years together, which are poised to be their most improvised and unhinged yet, founding member of the band Emil Hagstrom was nice enough to sit down and answer a few of Gimme Noise's questions.
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