FUNDAMENT describe themselves as a “small army of bass instruments” and their roll call bears this out: five double-bass players, seven low brass including a tubax (a tuba-saxophone hybrid), and low-register voices for good measure. In contrast to low-end legends like Sunn O))) and Boris, however, FUNDAMENT are all acoustic, shaking and rattling and growling without amplification.
FUNDAMENT were founded by Peter Jacquemyn, a double-bass player, draftsman and sculptor. Jacquemyn wanted FUNDAMENT shows to be living, breathing entities. To that end, the group’s musicians aren’t static; they march forward, back and across like pieces on a chessboard, menacing the audience with blasts of sound like a dive-bar punk show. The music constantly changes: improvisation is the beating heart of every FUNDAMENT performance. It is visual spectacle fused with otherworldly music, what Jacquemyn characterises as an “exploration and celebration of the underflow.”