The New York duo of Che Chen and Rick Brown make music that sounds like big city desert rock. Not in a sense of grandiosity at all, maybe it’s a feeling of displacement, like loneliness in a crowded room. Chen has a pretty abstract approach to guitar that takes on modal traditions of the Middle East and West Africa as well as the space chords of Sun Ra and, combined with Rick Brown’s earthen, minimal percussion, often played on little more than a resonant plywood crate, 75 Dollar Bill conjure some deceptively compelling grooves. (If you enjoyed Desert Heat at TUSK 2012, you’ll love 75 Dollar Bill).
Their Wood/Metal/Plastic Pattern/Rhythm/Rock album (This Wrist, 2016) was very warmly received amongst leftfiled rock lovers on all sides of the Atlantic and right now they are working on their next collection, which will hopefully be released to coincide with their TUSK show.