The Necks have made few mistakes in the last 30 years. In fact, there may have been only one, and it was the Australian trio's first decision: not to play in front of a live audience.
In the early '80s, bassist Lloyd Swanton, pianist Chris Abrahams and drummer Tony Buck were all living in Sydney. After playing in various jazz ensembles, they joined forces.
"In 1986, we got together and talked about this concept of having a band," Swanton told me. "As I recall it, the main idea was to be in the moment, where the final result didn't matter. Part of that was to perform only in private."
This changed when they were coaxed into performing at Sydney...