Yes, I know. It has been months since I posted here properly. You may know that my hockey stuff has another outlet now, but we’ll talk about that more in another post. How about some loud rock and roll music?
The decibel level in Columbus briefly spiked Thursday night as a roaring concert blew the doors off Ace of Cups. Billed as a part of a Don Giovanni Records tour, three label-mates and a rising local band shared their talents with a receptive crowd. Each three-piece band tore through a brief set (none lasting more than an hour) and all four groups impressed. Now that I can hear enough to think again, here’s a brief rundown of what each band had to offer.
All Dogs: This pop-punk band is on the rise (with Stereogum leading their promotion), but still managed to present fully formed songs with warm tones and vibrant bass sounds. A common theme for all bands was the somewhat distant mix for the vocals, and this kind of result (likely a function of the venue) didn’t allow the lyrics to come through. Overall, the performance impressed with loud guitars, strong melodies, and danceable rhythms.
Tenement: Wow. As soon as instruments were ready and connections sound-checked, these guys erupted. The band managed to blend a kind of good-Weezer on steroids sound with a punk-minded approach and tempo, all while keeping the guitar-god/noise antics of Sonic Youth in complete focus. Blended together, their set and style was unreal. High energy from all three members helped psuh every song over the edge, but the real winner was their closing number. In the final song, the vocalist stopped to strap a tambourine, a bell, and a maraca to his guitar with duct tape. He then thrashed and jumped about the stage with aplomb, hitting all the percussive bits while manipulating the feedback and sound from his guitar. It was a physical and exceptional performance akin to St. Vincent attacking a theremin.