Larval/Bill Brovold: Bill Brovold; Gregg Courtney (guitar); Gus Brovold (saxophone); Marko Smith (drums).
Personnel: Bill Brovold (guitar, piano, organ, drums); Kurt Zimmerman (guitar, violin); Erik Gustafson, Toby Summerfield (guitar); John Ilewelyn Evans, Dan Bennett (reeds, saxophone); Stuart Bogie, Colin Stetson (reeds); Jason Shearer (saxophone); Mary Alice (piano); Ryan Pritts (timpani).
Recording information: Bill Brovold Studio, Royal Oak, MI; Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI; The Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH; Xhedos, Ferndale, MI.
After serving something of an avant-garde guitar apprenticeship with the musician and composer Rhys Chatham in New York in the 1980s, the guitarist Bill Brovold formed the equally experimental band Larval in Detroit in the mid 1990s. This double CD, which got its title after Brevold survived five heart attacks within a year, is the band's fifth release. After the relatively staid "It Was a Puny Plan" and the positively lyrical "The Hospital Visit," the band sets out for uncharted territory on "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back," while "One Last Fight" is an apocalyptic rant, and "Half a Bubble Off" is a frantic nightmare jig.