John Dikeman - Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
Jasper Stadhouders - Guitar & Bass
Onno Govaert - Drums
All music by John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders and Onno Govaert (BUMA/STEMRA) 2012.
Recorded at Jottem! muziekstudio, Wormerveer, Netherlands by Maarten Tap on December 8, 2011.
Mixed and Mastered by Colin McLean
Cover art reproduces a detail of Legacy (c) by Phil Wood.
Band photo by Markt Rietveld www.markrietveld.be
Design by Bryan Day.
Label design by Wietske van der Ploeg.
“It’s easy to see why The Ex’s Terrie Hessels described Cactus Truck as the discovery of the year in The Wire’s 2011 Rewind a few months back. His idea of a friendly greeting is a hard punch to the solar plexus, and that’s what Amsterdam based American saxophonist John Dikeman and Dutch sparring partners guitarist/bassist Jasper Stadhouders and drummer Onno Govaert deliver on Brand New For China!, three of whose seven excitingly raw tracks clock in at just 20 seconds, for anyone nostalgic for grindcore. But there’s a lingering aftertaste of vintage free jazz in Dikeman’s rough, rubbery saxophone playing and Stadhouders’s wild, wiry guitar.”
Dan Warburton, The Wire
“Cactus Truck has grown into being one of the most thrilling and exciting live bands of these regions. In any genre whatsoever.”
“It’s been proven that Cactus Truck has long surpassed the stage of a beginning noise band. Here was a band of three concert junkies who are extraordinarily virtuoso and well connected to one another, who’ve explored the boundaries of their abilities for so long, that they know perfectly how far (and how long) they can ride the wave. During the two longs sets, you were treated to many moments which made your mouth fall open. Sparkling, explosive, almost unbearably intense.”
“Cactus Truck and their guests played an impressive concert and offered pretty much everything that one could expect: dare, openness, trust and pure, uncontrollable lust. Cactus Truck; that’s vitalism and primal force, it sways and rattles. It exceeds limits and is alive. The necessary kick in the ass that every jazz fan (whether rusty or not) can use every now and again. What a band.”
“Cactus Truck opts for the monumental approach, the Grand Gesture, the Fucking Statement. Nietzsche would have found all this excessive courage great. … A welcome kick in the jazz balls.”
“Cactus Truck … in all likelihood the most exciting thing that overcame the Dutch improv scene in the last couple of years.”
Guy Peters, Goddeau/Enola