Press Kit

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Photographs

Below you can find a number of downloadable high-resolution photos which may be used for press purposes. They are in roughly chronological order from most recent to oldest. Click any of the thumbnails to open the high-resolution image in a new window. If using one of these images for press purposes, please credit the photographer if possible.


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Alan Murphy

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Camille Walsh Photography

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John Tapia Urquiza

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Tim Williams

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Concert Footage

The Necks - Live in Concert

Recorded at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen
Filmed by Søren Rye
Mixed by Klaus Q Hedegaard

Press Quotes


"Absolutely riveting...how three musicians can sound like eighteen is a mystery... extraordinary magical sounds emerged from the ensemble...the way The Necks do this with acoustic instruments is nothing short of miraculous" FINANCIAL TIMES (UK)

"At around the 100-year point in jazz's evolution, conjuring new spirits out of old spells is a difficult mojo to work. But people are doing it - a case in point is The Necks" JAZZ TIMES (USA)

"I think the new music I would find it hardest to do without, fifty years after Kind of Blue, is that produced by The Necks... A piano trio, but not like any other piano trio you have heard... There is a great deal of joy in The Necks' music, and it is the more rewarding for being hard-won... Kind of Blue's legacy is apparent in the ease with which The Necks exploit the spaces that were opened up for them all those years ago: spaces in harmony, rhythm and melody, but also spaces in the mind" RICHARD WILLIAMS - THE BLUE MOMENT: MILES DAVIS' KIND OF BLUE AND THE REMAKING OF MODERN MUSIC

"...Entirely new and entirely now...They produce a post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals. They may teach us to listen in a new way, but they communicate a fierce energy and warmth at the same time. Their music is a thrilling, emotional journey into the unknown. Like seeing a world in a grain of sand, The Necks permit us to hear a whole new world of music in a sliver of sound" THE GUARDIAN (UK)

(Pure Scenius) "This was selfless art, with the participants always servants of the musical thread... Australia's inventors of acoustic, jazz-inflected minimalism, The Necks. Beforehand there seemed a danger of the Necks' unique and complete conception being ravaged by any interlopers. But Eno was astute enough to suggest musical contexts in which The Necks could do what they do - and arguably be the music's linchpin - while being embellished with flawless empathy" SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"One of the greatest bands in the world" NEW YORK TIMES

"(The Necks) draw your attention to the music instead of the means: you never get the idea that they're playing for an hour to prove that they can do it, or to showcase a glut of ideas, but simply to give you the pleasure of focusing on music in extreme detail" PITCHFORK

"It is a fairly safe bet to say that no other group in the world sounds quite like The Necks...extraordinary empathy and discipline" THE TIMES (UK)

"Over and over I was caught up in the constant repetition of tonal figures, found myself focussing on the tiniest alterations, without noticing that I had been surrounded by a completely new motif... Like a pearl necklace, threaded together piece by piece, only becoming a piece of jewelry when the end of the string is reached" WESER KURIER (BREMEN, GERMANY)

"Tonal, accessible, and yet profoundly challenging... The Necks are singular... Yielding things no one else does" THE WIRE

"The three have developed their own unique, unmistakable language. The Necks are, above all, masters of dynamics. One only ever really understands the changes in hindsight" NEUR ZURCHER ZEITUNG (ZURICH, SWITZERLAND)

"A performance by The Necks is a kind of religious experience"  THE AUSTRALIAN

"Ecstacy in slow motion... magically euphoric... The Necks' appearance was less a traditional concert than a fascinating opportunity to participate in the pulsating genesis of organic tones and sounds" WESER KURIER (BREMEN, GERMANY)

"The Necks slow the world down... A unique musical experience" BIRMINGHAM POST (UK)

"As ever The Necks have been a remarkable sound-bathing experience, a contemporary jazz band from a Tibetan monastery that’s not jazz, really, and not from Tibet either. It is what it is and, I suspect, mostly what you are yourself. Spooky." -  VENUE, (UK), BRISTOL CONCERT REVIEW
 
"Like a vast sound-mass suspended in vibrating, seething stillness, its colour and luminosity changing slowly"
-  TELEGRAPH, (UK), FIVE STAR REVIEW OF LONDON CONCERT

" The way that The Necks build a piece - bit by bit - and then deconstruct it in a live setting, is something I urge everyone to experience if they get the chance. It's unexplainable, it's unclassifiable and it's unattainable unless you're them. Tony, Lloyd and Chris; there are no words" -  LOST AT E MINOR, REVIEW OF NEWCASTLE (AUSTRALIA) CONCERT. 
 
" After more than 20 years of playing together, the Necks have honed their art to the point where their concerts are like collective meditations, executed with a Zen-like discipline that paradoxically engenders an extraordinary amount of freedom." -  THE AGE, FOUR STAR REVIEW OF MELBOURNE CONCERT

"Anyone of a mind to study the mysterious methods of the cult Australian all-improv trio The Necks would need to adopt a football manager's approach – poring over hours of video to work out how pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton, and drummer Tony Buck keep on unpredictably passing the ball and finding each other in space. Their unpremeditated art has a remarkably inclusive appeal " -  THE GUARDIAN, (UK), FOUR STAR REVIEW OF LONDON CONCERT

"The music developing from here in ever widening ripples, shuttling complexities, generating a trance-like energy that had me on the edge of my seat and all my nerves tingling. The Necks held us, for that 45 or 50 minutes, as they journeyed out on their wayward, crisscrossing tracks, finding their way back finally to the point of departure. What a privilege to be there in those moments when something new and unrepeatable is being created." -  HILAIRE BLOG 

"Critics either have a field day, or a hard time categorising their music....Perhaps the ultimate accolade is that no other band has attempted to emulate their sound - where would they even know to begin?" -  TANK MAGAZINE (UK)
 
"On this night, one of the first in the new Roulette, ghost sounds engaged in a call and response, channelled by the band through the three innocent instruments (piano, bass, and drums) that acted as their mediums. " -  WFMU (NEW JERSEY) REVIEW OF NEW YORK CONCERT

"The Necks are less a band than they are some gateway to another universe. I've seen them probably half a dozen times and each time they leave me feeling slightly exhausted and disorientated. Maybe a bit like Yuri Gagarin felt on touchdown. I've tried writing about them before and failed miserably, so I won't attempt it again, other than to say they were f**king wonderful." -  HOW MUCH IS THE FISH? BLOG, REVIEW OF CONCERT AT HOLYWELL MUSIC ROOM, OXFORD

"I love the space you all capture to carry us through time" - A FAN

"No other performing unit can reach into a remotely similar sonic area...almost as if their music is disembodied from conventional human touch, arriving from some unknown abstract source" - NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

"A magic act masquerading as a piano trio, this Australian group delivers long-form improvisations that shift with such patient beauty that it casts a bit of a trance. You'll seldom spend an hour that passes so quickly -- and rewardingly." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

"To the often spiky disciplines of minimalism, systems music and free improvisation, this remarkable trio bring a satisfying sense of long-form development... Ascetic in outline, but suffused with a warm humanity, their pieces are studded with minor epiphanies on the way to a larger sense of emotional fulfilment." - RICHARD WILLIAMS, THE GUARDIAN

"(The Necks) are sometimes categorised as a jazz trio - which is fine as long as this is immediately qualified by adding that they've completely re-conceived the idea of the jazz trio" - GEOFF DYER, WORKING THE ROOM