Boomkat Product Review:
*About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized), Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)*‘You’re No Good’ is the first single from About Group’s forthcoming second album, released on Domino. It's a re-versioning of Terry Riley’s landmark 1967 track, on which the minimalist composer took Harvey Averne’s latin-tinged soul track of the same title and turned it into a free flowing piece of tape loop improvisation. Running two copies of the track alongside one another, Riley weaved between the tapes, dropping out and slowing down the song to create what may well have been the world’s first ever remix. Playing a live version of ‘You’re No Good’ in the studio, About Group take the same approach as Riley but in realtime. Cutting across the basic structure of the track to firstly deconstruct it down to its raw parts, before building up to create a loose kind of pop improv. The result is an eleven minute space jam that combines Riley’s experimentation with the street-level funkiness of the original Harvey Averne recording. The single is backed with an exclusive version of album track ‘Rough And Smooth’."