Depression is my problem, depressants
are my answer
I have got to get more wired into what's going on around
town. Last night we were finishing some work for our forthcoming
7" with Hills in his Williamsburg studio, and he mentioned
there was a show at Asterisk. "What?" I exclaimed.
"A show there on a Tuesday?!"
After it was explained to me that it was actually Wednesday,
my shock didn't subside much. If they're doing shows every
night, I know I'm missing some good stuff. Anyway, Hills and
I talked each other into going (it didn't hurt that I had
a bottle of Beam in my bad already, how convenient).
Because it was an off night, the crowd was far less than
I usually see it there these days. People could move freely
and frankly, there weren't any kids at this show. Not that
I don't love the little nippers who turn out for these things,
but the old man in me wants to see more old men (and women)
out on the town.
So the bands: Cat
Time, from Detroit, were the most technically pleasing
to me. They had lots of band members and everybody seemed
to be playing their own song, until the drummer signaled one
of the many time/tempo/rhythm changes. It reminded me of Don
Cab (see them tonight with The Forms!) and USAISAMONSTER in
that respect, but they also had a goofy nonchalance about
Tectonics had the biggest bass drum I've ever seen. The
main focus in this band is the metal-freejazz drummer and
the barky-drony lead singer. I always like it when diminutive
Asian women get all screamy in bands.
Down in Shit have reportedly been around for years, touring
Europe a lot. Their music was sort of like metal and emo ...
MEEMO! They absolutely shredded the crowd. I hesitate to describe
them as grunge, but only because I think I might wanna say
that because one of the guitarists looks like Mark Arm.
And of course, USAISAMONSTER
(aka "OOh-sah EE-sah Monster") was there to delight
and baffle the audience. Somebody needs to just give them
a PA that can keep up with them; the one at Asterisk just
ain't cuttin' it. The weirdest thing about the show was that
Tom got a major haircut and no longer looks like the guy from
Yes. Is this a harbinger of doom?
I tried to flag a cab home, but the cabbie just looked at
me and grimly shook his head. No worries, as both the L and
G trains showed up almost immediately (even though the G was
doing that one-track, 2-shuttle trains thing, they both were
waiting for me). It'll be years before that happens again.
Some big photos from
Posted By Jimmy Legs