Monday, May 17, 2010

65daysofstatic @ Wedgewood Rooms

I arrived at the venue around about 8:30 with a couple of bros. Electronic three piece Nedry took to the stage, armed with two laptops/guitars, a couple of synthesizers and an asian woman. Nedry combined elements of trip hop bands such as Portishead and Massive Attack fused with modern day dubstep/drum and bass. Lead singer Ayu thrashed and stumbled around the stage whilst laying down some haunting vocals, like a kid who has drunk too much fizzy pop.

Next up was one man glitch artist, Loops Haunt. Loopybro looked like he was having a seizure all over his equipment regularly almost knocking his equipment off his desk. The music was disjointed and felt like it was created by a kid with A.D.D. It felt like too much was going on at once. This may feel like a negative review, but he had his up points (if not many), and felt like he fitted as a support act.

40 minutes later, 65daysofstatic took to the stage. This is the third time I've seen them, and had high expectations, as they blew me away previously. These expectations were easily surpassed. They laid down a constant ferocious assault of noise and electronica, with each member giving it their all. The band played a collection of old and new songs, blasting through each one without giving you a chance to recuperate. As a band, they have certainly progressed over the years, and yet they can still play their old songs just as flawlessly as their newest ones.

The venue was buzzing with energy, as the members scrambled around whilst the crowd spazzed around to their tightly-knit jamz, one of which included the line "these aren't the droids you are looking for". The bass player looked like he was possessed, whilst the lead guitarist at points seemed to be channelling Radiohead's Thom Yorke. The band ended their set with new song Tiger Girl, a ten minute electronic jam, which steadily builds up culminating in an electronic frenzy. As the members of the band left the stage, the venue shook with roars for an encore. After a couple of minutes the band returned to the stage to play fan favourite; Radio Protector - a song which starts off with a chilling piano line, which suddenly explodes into a frantic frenzy. I may not be a fan of the direction the band has taken on the new album, but this is a band that mustn't be missed live.

Written by Miles Baker.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Black Nerd

The employees at the Weymouth branch of Cash Converters must recognise the three members of Black Nerd each time they come in to check out the latest second hand pedals; the amount of distorted noises flying around in the background of their tracks make it hard to believe it's only coming from two bass guitars and a synth.

It seems like every other band these days is a noisepop band; it's refreshing to hear a band that have taken inspiration from those same bands like Sonic Youth and The Jesus and Mary Chain that inspired these noisepop bands but experimented by moving it in a different direction, citing bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Deerhunter, and Joy Division as main and more obvious influences.

The shoegazing trio have really picked a tricky genre to experiment in; Weymouth is mostly known for it's pop-punk and rubbish electro bands, however if they carry on how they are going at the moment then they could have every man and his crab staring at their shoes.

MP3: Black Nerd - Why We Got The Sack From The Museum

Saturday, April 17, 2010

De La Hoya

I’m feeling rather inspired tonight so I thought I’d write a post on one of my favourite bands of all time you’ve probably never heard of. I’m not trying to come off as a “massive hipster” when I say that, and you probably know frontman Aaron Scott’s latter bands and projects if you’re in to decent punk rock anyway, but what you may not know is the existence of De La Hoya: a straight-up punk band from Brooklyn, NY who burst on to the scene in 1997 all the way through to 2002. To quote the bio on their MySpace; “Oscar Rodriguez asked singer Aaron Scott to start a band just 10 minutes after meeting, neither of them had any idea they were initiating what would become of the most respected bands in the Northeastern DIY hardcore/punk scene. They joined up with bassist Carly Guarino (owner of Crap Records) and drummer Jaime Villamarin (ex-I Farm) to form De La Hoya in the heart of New York City.”
And they’re incredibly rad. Seriously.

Their first EP, 1999’s “Has No Credibility” is without a doubt the record of that year. De La Hoya were giving the finger to the government years before it was cool, with the angsty youth of Aaron Scott spilling his thoughts on how to change the world and why we need to take down the institutions, why it’s so important to “do what you want to do” and “fulfill your dreams” and why it’s okay to say “fuck you too”. It’s damn good down-to-earth songwriting that anyone is bound to find relevance in. The energy packed into this record is phenomenal - nations are under gun, passport control lines spewing national hate and there’s even time to tell how “last night sucked” and that you should never throw your life away all packed into 11.6 minutes.

Then there’s the full-length, 2001’s “DANCE! Techo Mega-Mix Vol. 42”, the record which proved it’ll never snow in New York again and that the only good thing about childhood was running home so that you wouldn’t miss your Optimus. This is pretty much the birth of modern melodic punk rock and everybody’s missed it. Catchy hooks, angsty lyrics, rad vocals – it’s all you’ll ever need from a band and Aaron delivers.

I think you’re going to want to need this.

There's even a record I haven't fully heard yet - in 2002 they released "Wipe The Slate Clean... Now Let's Begin", an EP featuring the song "Charles" I've uploaded below. As De La Hoya matured, they lost their DIY lo-fi garage punk roots but started forming melodies you'd assosicate with the likes of Million Dead and Rise Against. But the magic is still there. Pamphlets, factories, art - Charles wants to know how to sing the song and he definitely sums up this band entirely.

If you're even remotely interested in the early nineties emo/punk/hardcore scene, you NEED to listen to this band. It's where it all began. It's fist-punchingly good. In the air, of course.

MP3: De La Hoya - Charles
BUY: Their records are currently out of print but I'll update this post with a link to their discography CD when it's released!