Monday, June 28, 2010
Cleveland four-piece Cloud Nothings sprung onto the distorted pop scene in November with their debut LP Turning On — and they've been getting some heavy WNYU airplay with their track on the most recent Blackburn Recordings comp.
The band stopped by WNYU to play some new tracks live on The New Afternoon Show last Thursday — the next day, they opened for Wavves at the Knitting Factory as part of The L Magazine's Northside Festival. Click here to download the live set, and be sure to check out their latest 7-inch, "Didn't You" b/w "Even If It Worked Out," out 6/24 via Old Flame.
Download: Cloud Nothings Live on WNYU 6/23/10
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Based out of Clifton, New Jersey, Disma was formed in 2007 by guitarists Bill Venner and Daryl Kahan. The band released a demo, entitled Vaults of Membros, this past October. While the band remains relatively underground, it boasts of a lineup that features current and former members of Incantation, Evoken, Goreaphobia, among many others.
Fast-forwarding to the recent present: Disma had agreed to play on my radio show, and was setting up in our closet-sized performance studio. As I walked back from the restroom, a smile crossed my face; the floors beneath me were shaking, as the sounds of the band rehearsing reverberated through all corners of the building, through to the bathroom stalls of lower-level Weinstein. As I entered the studio, I observed five guys, interspersed between colossal Marshal cabs, drum kits, and other equipment. Amidst the congestion and heat of the packed room, all members were headbanging in synchronization to their first track: “Lost in the Burial Fog.” The band proceeded to play four songs: three old, one new (“Manifestation”), followed by a short interview.
Each song was deliberately written. The guitar parts were technical and forceful, yet complemented each other well: adding a doubly discordant dimension to each track. This was only perpetuated by the intensity of Shawn’s drum parts, machine-like in delivery, as well as the soul-piercing, low-tuned bass lines. The vocals, quintessentially death metal in nature, were by no means “cookie monster” in sound, but viscerally resonant of early Incantation (I’m talking Mortal Throne of Nazarene). Each member added his own, unique sound to the total package, without sounding out of place or overpowering. Their band chemistry was visibly tight, which only made for an equally solid sound. Standing before the studio in which the legends of Disma were doing a live-set, I found myself in the crowd of the early Morbid Angel shows I’d always wished I’d been old enough to witness beyond the youtube vid on a 2-D computer screen.
For more on Disma, or to get a copy of their demo tape, visit www.myspace.com/dismadeathmetal. The show will be aired this Saturday, December 19th, between 4-6 p.m. (EST), and available thereafter at www.wnyu.org (Soma Degenerate archives).
Photos by: Barbara Ng.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Currently on hiatus writing new material, this is a group that keeps itself busy: saturating the New York metal scene with what’s fresh in grind and beyond, à la local hole-in-the-wall venues that permit. To hear their recorded in-studio performance, as well as brief post-set interview, visit the Hellhole archive at:
Saturday, November 14, 2009
...we're inching towards Thanksgiving, and if you're as nerdy about your music as I am, you're already thinking about what's gonna be on your year end list. I just threw together a play list of records to consider, and it's far from a top 10...
...58 artists, 64 releases, 226 tracks, 29 hours of music...
..looks like there's some fat yet to trim...
...who's on your short (long) list? throw your two cents in the comments. come on, we won't judge you...
Friday, November 13, 2009
Frankie Rose, drummer: I'll interview you. So do you go to NYU then?
Andy Adler, bassist: I didn't go to Gallatin, but I took a lot of classes in Gallatin. And a lot of my friends were in Gallatin. And in the big graduation I sat with Gallatin because my friends were there. And my friend Kevin who was there left graduation to get soda and fries, it was cool.
Frankie: So who are you here to see tonight, anyone in particular?
Jonathan: I like Crystal Stilts.