This Little Underground: Norsekorea’s big anniversary blowout
Roadkill Ghost Choir on Letterman, Perfect Pussy, Ex-Breathers, Suno Deko, Gnutzak, Jessy Lynn Martens
Published: January 22, 2014
Anyway, they rip an intriguing brand of texture-steeped hardcore that’s enveloped in a gale of noise and layered sonic distance. Though individual elements disappear in their blizzard approach, it does leave a singular impression: velocity. It’s everything to the point of nothing, but you can feel every collective ounce of it. And they drive it with a surplus of presence and conviction.
But, holy hell, Tallahassee’s Ex-Breathers torched it up too, maybe even more. Yes, definitely make that more. They arrived with hot word of mouth and, well, the hype mill spun some big truth this time. Their open-throttle post-hardcore rushes the blood with some impressively hairy noise-rock verve. It all culminates in a fireball of intelligence and power. Mark these high-voltage sluggers down in your book for when they come back to town. I am.
One reason Uncle Lou’s is the city’s freakiest live bar is because of performances by local acts like Gnutzak (Jan. 13). The weirdo electronic improv group, which features members of Me Chinese, primed the night with a strange fog so experimental and extemporaneous that a couple of their non-member – and I’m pretty sure non-musical – friends jumped into the mix on instruments mid-song, and it wasn’t out of place.
But making total, crystalline sense was Atlanta’s Suno Deko, a solo loop-layering act with an interesting setup: keyboard, snare drum, violin, sleigh bells, guitar and, of course, pedals. I’ve seen many employ this technique effectively, but few with this degree of taste. Instead of being just the sum of tricks, his music is a full, sophisticated gestalt of song and melody. Intricate and woven with detail, it’s a lovely, left-field and otherworldly pop dream.
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