Celebrating 30 years of improvising a new piece of music every time they step on stage among the world's greatest forces in music… LA Times
Forming in Sydney Australia in 1986, over the last 30 years The Necks have built an international reputation as masters of their own musical language of long-form improvisation. Each night they step onto the stage with no pre-conceived ideas of what they will play – they and the audience will go on a sonic journey that is created in the moment and in that room.
Over their years together, they have honed an assured process of building around repeated motifs through subtle shifts and layering, to produce an extraordinarily dense and hypnotic effect which builds in a mesmerising, epic fashion.
2017 has been another stellar year for The Necks: in January they supported Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on their Australian tour, in February they released their 19th album Unfold, on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ via Editions Mego, toured the US, and Australia again in June, and played 3 tours in Europe, including a collaboration with conductor Ilan Volkov leading the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – The Necks and 80 classical musicians in improvisation!
They have been touring Europe for over 20 years, with additional occasional special projects and collaborations with Brian Eno, Swans, Evan Parker, Karl Hyde, Leo Abrahams, amongst others.
Every Necks' performance is a singular event, entirely improvised and working with the acoustics of the room.
Die musikalische Stim mung perfektioniert der Klang - reich tum, welcher vertigo zu einem weiteren Highlight der besten Band der Welt macht.
Freistil, January 2016
the greatest band in the world Geoff Dyer on BBC Radio3 Private Passions November 2016
one of the most extraordinary groups on the planet... a sonic experience that has few parallels or rivals. The Guardian
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
among the world's greatest forces in music… was one of the most remarkable things I’ve seen… I can’t overstress how important and rich the band’s work is. Certainly there are other important instrumental bands in the world (sort of), but nobody else does so much with so little” LA Times April 2016 http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/la-ca-ms-the-necks-20160403-story.html
music of gorgeous unanimity …the music itself was radiant and almost motionless for long stretches ..the music ascended again to a stratum of rippling, tinkling piano and gradually receding cymbals, back to its rarefied bliss. New York Times March 2016 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/arts/music/review-the-necks-and-alvin-curran-play-at-the-whitney-museum.html
…spontaneous mutual decision-making and intuitive aesthetic logic simply take your breath away. The Blue Moment https://thebluemoment.com/…/…/the-necks-at-the-union-chapel/
…one of the high points of my career, is to say ‘I performed with The Necks’.
Karl Hyde, Underworld
The Necks are singular... Yielding things no one else does The Wire
an admixture of strangely comforting atonality and staggering hive-mind beauty
Jazzwise, June 2016
• Downloadable photographs and more press quotes at www.thenecks.com/presskit
• Live performance video, Copenhagen 2014: http://unseenrec.com/recordings/the-necks-live-in-concert/
• Recording from Roskilde 2014 https://soundcloud.com/thelakeradio/the-lake-at-roskilde-with-the-necks
• The Necks on Bandcamp: https://thenecksau.bandcamp.com/album/vertigo
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNecksMusic