Gigs, dance, art

October 10th, 2008: Caldera Lakes / Placenta Popeye / Married In Berdichev / Kevin Shields

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A gig built around the Tanzprocesz label. There was actually a first act I won’t say anything about, because I have nothing to say. It’s comedy, and I’m immune to that.

The first music set was by Kevin Shields, and it was just great. Short and intense, with a rhythmic side that’s often missing in these noise acts. Maybe not exactly missing, but this set was different in a good way. And her commitment was obvious and energizing. She has a distinctly personal style and that was refreshing, renewing my interest in that genre. And, to state the obvious: not that Kevin Shields, and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Next up was Married in Berdichev, another short set but that’s only other common theme is that I liked that set just as much. A nice voice over a growing layer of electronics that would disturb the peaceful side of it in a very satisfying way. I was reminded of one my favorite tracks by Björk of all people — that would be Storm — because of these separate levels. But on further reflection that’s misleading. I like Brittany Gould’s voice much less, but the music beneath was more interesting.

I had seen Placenta Popeye last year and liked them then. I still do, even though their set was a bit too long. Bass/guitar assault with a most welcome lack of restraint. I guess the short sets before had made me impatient, but I thought it was getting a bit too much of the same after a while. Nonetheless a pretty solid act.

By then I was pretty curious about Caldera Lakes, this being a project featuring both Brittany Gould and Eva Aguila. I was wondering what mixing these very different styles would bring. Turns out they’re not that separate, and it worked very well. Not as harsh as Kevin Shields, not as fascinating as Married in Berdichev, but both sounds were in there, mixing unexpectedly well to create a richer whole. Three great sets from just two people, for a gig I’ll remember.


October 13, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment

September 24th, 2007: Grey Daturas / Placenta Popeye

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Back to my usual haunt, for the first time in months. I’m also back on the gig trail after a longish hiatus — one week is a long time for me. A loud gig to cleanse my ears. A welcome change of pace from the more subdued fare of this extended summer.

The opening band was Placenta Popeye. A guitar/bass combo that played very loud, starting with a pure maelstrom of noisy fury before calming down a tad. Not much, but the second song feature a pounding bass instead of a barrage of distorted sound. The guitar never went for such niceties, though. I was not in the mood for nice anyway, so I welcomed the assault. Nothing exceptional, but a cathartic moment, I won’t play picky.

Grey Daturas were something else. Though they’re supposed to be a trio, there were only two of them tonight. Wow. The sound was loud and somewhat abrasive too, but I felt it was completely mastered. Three long parts, the first one was the one I liked the most. A steady dronish line that got me thinking of Earth with a feedback-heavy experimental guitar was fooling around — and I mean that in the best possible sense. Almost freeish at times. The second part saw drums come in play, without much relenting in the physical experience of that richest sound. Really impressive. No, really, they made a lot of noise but always seemed to be completely in control of their sound, kind of sculpting the air. They said they would be back next year, I definitely will go with the usual disclaimers — I would have to know about it and be available.

September 25, 2007 Posted by | Music | , , | Leave a comment