Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Barn Owl played at the Hemlock last night January 25, 2011. The show also capped off a day of protest for KUSF 90.3 Fm which was recently pulled from the airwaves. Supporters rallied at City Hall yesterday, and a KUSF volunteer reminded the crowd that evening that the fight is not over. This was my second time seeing Barn Owl. It was another moving and hypnotic performance.
San Francisco is a fertile breeding ground for all sorts of artistic and creative minds. Weakling, Leviathan, Ludicra, Asunder, Slough Feg and Grayceon are just a few past and current metal bands that call the bay home. Since I started this blog, I've seen Dispirit (ex-Weakling, Asunder), Pale Chalice and Deafheaven make some of their first public appearances. These bands prove that the high standard of quality and creativity in Bay Area underground metal still continues. I've been listening to Deafheaven's self-released demo pretty regularly since I got it and I wanted to ask them a few questions about the band, getting signed to Deathwish, and their highly anticipated new album. This is my first ever band interview. I really enjoyed it and hope to do more in the future.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
This was my first time seeing Neurosis. I got into the band in maybe 2006 or 2007. I was in high school back then and it was really hard for me to get into it. It was the most emotionally intense and suffocating music I'd ever heard at the time. The first album I got was Times of Grace. That album had absolutely no ray of hope. Even the instrumental passages had a sinister quality to them. I could only put that album on when I thought I could handle it, and even then it was a chore to get through the whole thing. Fast forward a few years and I absolutely love that album and the band. One thing that hasn't changed for me when listening to Neurosis is state of mind. I still have to be prepared before I put on a Neurosis album. I'll only listen to the band when I don't have to think about anything else, and I can just immerse myself.
Live, Neurosis are even more intense than on record. They're more like a force of nature than something as ordinary as a band. The visuals were captivating, and you can tell all the members of this band throw themselves 100% into the music. The set had two songs from Through Silver In Blood, one from A Sun That Never Sets, I believe four from Given To The Rising, one from Times of Grace, and one song that I think was new. I'll be going back to see them again tonight so we'll see if the set list varies.
Neurosis haven't played locally since New Years Eve 2007/8. I don't know when the next time they play will be, but I will be there.
In direct contrast to USX, YOB had only three people onstage but still sounded massive. Despite Mike being sick and some technical issues with the bass, the band still ripped through three monolithic songs and left the crowd wanting more,
Neurot Recording artists USX open for Neurosis over two nights at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Their music is a kind of heavy, psychedelic Americana. There were seven people on stage which included two guitarists, two drummers, a bassist, a violinist, a percussionist and various Moog effects. I took a look at the setlist for tomorrow night and it's going to be different, and I'm going to get to hear my two favorite songs from their Eat The Low Dogs album.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Deafheaven played the basement of Fivepoints Arthouse in San Francisco January 5th, 2011.
After four other bands and long set ups, Deafheaven got ready quickly and immediately began to barrage the crowd with their unique style of blackened metal. Alternating between unbridled fury and gorgeous melody, Deafheaven are one of the most interesting black metal bands I've ever heard. They've just recently been signed to Deathwish, and are heading out on a short winter tour. Congratulations and be safe guys.
Buy the demo here: http://deafheavens.bandcamp.com/album/demo