Smash the Sun Alight & Iranian Doom
review by Mark McCawley
Born on August 14, 1979, in Rome, Italy, Sterbus — who also goes by the name Emanuele Sterbini — is a contemporary DIY musician whose work is heavily influenced by the RIO Movement (Rock In Opposition), progressive rock, avant-prog, avant-garde and experimental music. Sterbus makes regular use of dissonance and atonality in his songs, along with complex and unpredictable song arrangements and the inclusion of disparate musical genres. His use of polyrhythms, highly complex time signatures, free and experimental improvisation make such influences as Zappa, Cardiacs, Henry Cow quite easy to identify in the music of Sterbus. On tracks such as “Gay Cruise”, “Wooden Spheres + Heartquakes”, and “A Sigh of Relief”, Sterbus combines playful elements of progressive rock and alt rock with pop rock sensibilities in new and exciting variations.