“Experimental music that pulls from any number of influences in ever-changing ratios, this octet […] bring a panoply of thick grooves, unexpected interludes, and melodic drifts that don’t always seem connected at any one point in time, but seem to mesh from a wider, album perspective. […] It’s pretty damn compelling.” – Dave Sumner, eMusic, Wondering Sound

“…an explosive blend of rhythms and melodies from Mother Africa, scales and oriental chants and furious improvisations. […] Poem of the Underground is the New Orleans of the new millennium, two drums, two keyboards, three saxophones, guitar, bass and vocals that have fun with a world of disorienting the listener, changing the focal point of the performance, from extremes like John Zorn and Indonesian music, from marching band to spoken jazz, from progressive rock and the sultry blues of Albert Ayler to avant-garde and folk. But when the needle of the compass stabilizes and faces north, one finds it difficult to escape from the fascination and magic of this music, it was almost as though I were hypnotized like a good voodoo service. […] an adventurous ensemble, rich with ideas, definitely ambitious, anarchists in their meticulous organization, explosive in their accomplished sound. – Vincenzo Roggerio, All About Jazz Italia

“The music is enthusiastic but controlled.  The band sounds relaxed […] but the playing is focused.   […] The enthusiasm of the playing is a strong point of SFOS. Another strength is the ability to write melodies with a twist that remain catchy despite their complexity.  In this way SFOS not only explores musical boundaries with their imaginative music, but they succeed in making accesible music with a ‘drive’ that only the most cynical listener can ignore.” – Mischa Andriessen, Jazzmozaïek

“Sound for the Organization of Society are an intriguing social/musical aggregation and their music is engaging and thoroughly listenable.” – Glen Hall, Exclaim! Canada’s Music Authority

“In the booklet there is a photo and they look amazingly normal and well behaved, as if their sound for which they got together would not fit their pretty, young and smart faces.  Nothing freaky or artistic in their looks and they smile as if they would be taking a class picture.  Musically on the other hand they are more flipped out, turbulent, extravagant and atonal than most bands playing the well established and known fields between Jazz and rock.  Sound for the Organization of Society….as weird as their name, so is their program.  […]  SOS reflects the vitality of New Orleans as mentioned in their press latter and the ongoing importance of the crescent city.  […]  Astonishingly even the craziest and harshest sounds are in some ways still harmonic.  […] Even Pop music doesn’t happen with just one sound.  Absolute Recommondation!” – Ragazzi – Website fur erregende musik

“With two drummers, two saxes, two keyboards, guitar and more, the group performs stylish, progressive jazz written by all its members. With the fab local jazz crew Blue Cranes opening, this is one of the best jazz shows of the summer.” – Willamette Week

“Their potpourri song titles such as “Interval Mechanic,” “For Octet,” “Your Babbling Is Driving Me Crazy,” and “Invisible Beats” tell it all. Too brainy to be described as fusion, this nonet borrows, thieves, and transmutes classic ’70s fusion, funk, and 20th-century avant composition.” – The Stranger

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