Matt Thompson : Bass, electronics, guitar
Dave Smith : Drums, percussions
Guapo were formed in 1994, and have released 3 albums & 5 EPs to date. They have toured europe many times, playing with bands such as Ruins, Oxbow, Zu or Spaceheads.
Their latest release was "Death Seed" on italian label Free Land, a CD of hyper-energic improvised collaborations with japanese legend Ruins and london-based improv duo Shock Exchange.
"Great Sage, Equal of Heaven" was recorded at the band's new london-based 24 track studio, with guest appearances from Caroline Kraabel on sax and John Edwards on double-bass. Incorporating elements of avant-rock, electronics, folk & noise, the musical structures are intricate and harminically complex while still retaining a hypnotic rhythmic sensibility.
East european-derived melodies and Moog experimentation are also absorbed into the sound, creating a rich and densely textured music with few antecedents.