Al Karpenter 'The Chosen One' single, 2017 Munster Records

Bass – Loty Negarti
Guitar, Drums – Mattin
Mastered By – Rashad Becker
Recorded By, Producer – Mattin
Vocals, Guitar, Drums – Al Karpenter

A ghost walks through Bilbao: the ghost of Al Karpenter, the only wild rocker able to restore the hard core of the true rebel music.From the times running his legendary Brutus fanzine to playing the role of Andy Warhol as commissioner of a tribute record in the 40th anniversary of the first Velvet Underground album ("A Gran Bilbao Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico"), he arrives now in a trio format with a biographical single where he bares himself. The Chosen One features the distinguished presence of key players of the Basque leftfield music scene such as Mattin (from Billy Bao) and Loty Negarti. Munster is the right label to continue the more obscure and reptil-like path of rock from Bilbao (La Secta, Cancer Moon and more recently Billy Bao). Al Karpenter doesnt disappoint and that city becomes a temporary prism through which New Yorks no wave travels to London to pick up Alternative TVs strident side, while crossing paths with Scott Walker in a surgery where Iggy Pop mutates into a dog.Apart from barking, the listener will find tense silences, dense textures and intimate reflection by one of the most singular characters to come out of Bilbao.

Un fantasma pasea por Bilbao: el fantasma de Al Karpenter, el único rockero salvaje capaz de restaurar el núcleo duro de la verdadera música rebelde, desde los tiempos en que dirigía su legendario fanzine Brutus hasta interpretar el papel de Andy Warhol como comisario de un disco homenaje en En el 40 aniversario del primer disco de Velvet Underground ("A Gran Bilbao Tribute To The Velvet Underground & Nico"), llega ahora en formato trío con un single biográfico donde se desnuda. 'The Chosen One' cuenta con la destacada presencia de actores clave del panorama musical vasco de izquierda como Mattin (de Billy Bao) y Loty Negarti. Munster es la etiqueta adecuada para continuar el camino más oscuro y reptil del rock de Bilbao (La Secta, Cancer Moon y más recientemente Billy Bao). Al Karpenter no defrauda y esa ciudad se convierte en un prisma temporal a través del cual el no wave neoyorquino viaja a Londres para captar el lado estridente de Alternative TV, mientras se cruza con Scott Walker en una cirugía en la que Iggy Pop se transforma en un perro. , el oyente encontrará silencios tensos, texturas densas y la reflexión íntima de uno de los personajes más singulares salidos de Bilbao.


The Wire December 2017 (Issue 406)

Back in 2005, in this very column, I was one of the first people gulled by Billy Bao's debut single, writing that it was the work of a Nigerian ex-pat when it was ctually done by Bilbao musician Mattin. Thus I approached this single by 'legendary' Spanish underground writer/musician Al Karpenter with caution. I am not familiar with the guy's previous work but this record is such a lush plum of grunt I cannot resist its juicy guts (be they jape or not). With Mattin on guitar, Loty Negarti on bass, and Karpenter himself on guitar and vocals, the music is blastoid post-punk garage pumice with many odd textures. From roaring, howling, guitar-soaked scorch to Good Missionaries-style blabbermouth sludge to a sidelong gawp that approaches Afflicted Man in no uncertain terms.
Byron Coley

yellowgreenred (Philadelphia September 2017)

Al Karpenter The Chosen One 7″ (Munster)

Another one from the camp of Mattin – call him what you want, just don’t call him lazy! It blows my mind a bit that Munster has developed a relationship with him, as it’s a label I still associate with ’90s pop-punk (they released my favorite Sicko album and at least one live Mr. T Experience 7″), but I am coming to terms with the fact that anything goes in 2017, musically or otherwise. So, Al Karpenter: I can’t say with certainty that he’s not a fictitious person, but his trio (including Mattin on guitar and drums) sounds a lot like Billy Bao, back when that project resembled punk music (in the blurriest way possible). Instruments are played seemingly independent of each other – the bass might riff for a bit, then cut out, Karpenter might scream at a wall for a second or two, someone’s guitar is strummed with a tortilla chip until there’s merely crumbs on the floor. Very deconstructed and cuckoo, as if one of Fushitsusha’s psychic jams was condensed into a couple minutes of indigestion. So long as this means we’re one step closer to Mattin producing a comeback Mr. T Experience album, I’m all for the indulgences displayed here.

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From Bilbao, Mattin’s erstwhile hometown is Al Karpenter, “the only wild rocker able to restore the hard core of the true rebel music”. He used to have a fanzine, did a Bilbao tribute album to the first Velvet Underground album, and now plays guitar, drums and sings, along with Mattin on guitar and drums and Loty Negarti on bass. The label as to put drops names us on track for references (No New York, Alternative TV, Scott Walker and Iggy Pop) and I can see some of that here in these three pieces. Certainly the element of free rock with elements of improvisation, say No New York, lingers on here and Karpenter does that with considerable force. There is quite a bit of feedback and power used in these pieces, more so than in any of things it is compared with. Mattin recorded and produced this with quite some pure direct injection and no additional production values. Perhaps as one should record a fine punk record, except that Karpenter’s music isn’t really punk. Too slow and too weird are just two of those things that make it different. Nice one! (FdW)