Screaming Headless Torsos

Screaming Headless Torsos

 New York City, New York, USA

"Cutting edge sounds that define today's musical landscape." - Billboard. It's rock soul jazz funk pop gumbo, like you've never heard before. It rocks and it grooves hard, featuring the eclectic pioneering fretless electric guitar storytelling of David Fiuczynski, the soul operatic vocals of Freedom Bremner and future shock percussionist Daniel Sadownick.


On the strength of last year’s Code Red, David Fiuczynski’s Screaming Headless Torsos, a 25-year- old border-destroying ‘rock’ band from Boston, is experiencing a revival, their recent premiere at Rockwood Music Hall (Sep. 4th) proving the point. Fronted by operatic soul singer Freedom Bremner, fired by the eclectic pyrotechnics of Fiuczynski’s double-necked (one fretted, one not) guitar, backed by bassist David Ginyard and the too-tough rhythm team of drummer James “Biscuit” Rouse and percussionist Daniel Sadownick, the Torsos delivered their highly intelligent, incessantly morphing originals with a punk edge. Opening with a cover of Miles Davis’ “Smile in a Wave”, which featured a fast bebop scat melody with a Stevie Wonder-style B-section, a theremin-like guitar solo with swooping slides and Jimi Hendrix-inspired psychedelic lyrics, the Torsos soon set heads a-bobbin’ across the SRO hipster crowd. And that was just the first number. The set was a study in contrasts and paradoxes: somehow the band’s beat stayed funky-to- the-bone even as it sped up, slowed down or modulated through relentless textural shifts; and, in spite of its quirky ethos and frenetic pace, the music was steeped in soul. Three songs were reprised from the group’s debut disc, but most came from the new album, plus a cover of Hendrix’ ballad “Angel”. Was it jazz? Does it matter? It certainly wasn’t what Duke Ellington would have called “the other kind” of music.

—Tom Greenland 


Screaming Headless Torsos CD's:
"2005", "Live!!" and "1995"
Screaming Headless Torsos DVD:
"Live!!" Double DVD

Set List

1 - 2 sets, 60 - 90 min each. A musical extravaganza of original, avant-funk. Danceable and intelligent. Incredible musicians that rock out.