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March 6th, 2009: Sister Iodine / Helicoptere Sanglante

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A gig for the release of Sister Iodine‘s LP on Hendrik Hegray’s Premier Sang label. The sleeve and clear vinyl look great, and the sound is amazingly good, so grab it while it lasts.

I thought Hélicoptère Sanglante’s set took a long time to get going, with just a slowish beat box and some overly rich keyboard note once in a while. But the second part was cool enough, harsher in a more noise vein which just suits me better. Not my favorite performance of his by any means though.

Sister Iodine’s set was much better, of course, even though I still prefer their previous time in the same place. But the sound was great, loud enough to have a physical presence going, but not so much as to be painful or to drown out some parts. A bit too consistent for me, but that’s just negativity because the fact is I was surprised when the set ended. The encore was my favorite part, but I could have used some more of that stuff. It did take me a little while to get beyond the initial noise overload, but then the sound was full of little twists. I’d say most of that is due to Erik Minkkinen, but that’s just me being partial. Anyway it was a good set, and the record is really good, so that was a good evening for me.

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March 9, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , | Leave a comment

May 24th, 2008: Sister Iodine / Super SS

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Super SS had quite a setup, with a half dozen screens and a VJ. I didn’t care much for these though, pretty colors and all, I just wasn’t interested, and kinda repelled by the additional performer. So I just ignored that and focused on the music. Loud, repetitive drumming that just stuck to a pattern for a long time, not interesting by itself, but the repetition finally made it worthwhile, in that despite its loudness it kinda faded in the background, letting the electronics of Andy Bolus emerge. I wish I could have picked these earlier, but the drums were just too distracting. Anyway once I could focus on these, it much improved my experience. Not as good as some of his solo or collaborative efforts, but the combination of both elements improved it. So it was good enough, though not great it was not a disappointment.

Sister Iodine was a very pleasant surprise. I had seen them once and wasn’t impressed, an impression much worsened by the constant praise I’ve been hearing for years. I was feeling like I missed them when they were at the top of their game. That might still be true, but at least I now have an idea of what the fuss was all about. That set hooked me quickly, with a song featuring a lot of stop and go, where the mayhem would fade and pause before starting full speed again. A lot of feedback of course, with an interesting drummer in his ability to withdraw and come back seamlessly. Amazingly cohesive unit, where the individual contributions merge perfectly into a better whole, one where the separate parts become totally irrelevant. Some of their stuff reminded me of early Sonic Youth, but rougher. I really liked that set, and it might be the first time I didn’t feel any irritation at Lionel Fernandez’ playing or specific awe at Erik Minkkinen’s, so well did the the parts mesh. It was over all too soon, which probably means just at the right time, what with my usually short attention span.

May 25, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , , , | Leave a comment