February 24, 2008

Interstitial is the new warehouse...

by Chris Randall

My vote for quote of the century (so far; the century is only 8% over, so there's hope yet): "Did you know you can rent a generator for $52 and set up and play ANYWHERE until the cops come?"

That, in any of itself, is a very good point. Check it. Personally, I find any band that decides to saddle itself with the "experimental/powerpop" tag to be tedious in the extreme, and No Age is no exception to that, not my cup of tea at all, but I'm not qualified to say whether they're good or not. I do admire their pluck, though; a frightful pain in the arse to haul all that gear down and set it up when you know you're gonna get harassed at the very least, probably get a ticket, and maybe spend the night in county booking.

I will say that the "anything for art" ideal has taken a beating in this day and age; it's nice to see the kids getting outside for a change.



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Feb.24.2008 @ 1:33 PM
I have to say, I saw them (No Age) open for Deerhunter a few months back... man, were they good live. They really got the audience into it, playing in (and with) the crowd. It was also one of the loudest shows I've seen, too, and they opened with a good five minutes of straight-up noise.

If anyone has the chance to see them, do it immediately. Their live show is an entirely different experience from their album.


Feb.24.2008 @ 1:49 PM
Chris Randall
All I had to go on were the myspace samples, and they are so poorly recorded it gave me actual hives, right on my face. Almost, but not quite, like setting an old-school tape recorder in the middle of the rehearsal room.

But obviously, live is a different thing, and I can appreciate some noises.



Feb.24.2008 @ 2:02 PM
cool. isn't that basically a scene from neal stephenson's "snow crash"? maybe he's right. bands will just start setting up under overpasses and soon to be empty highways and jamming.

Feb.24.2008 @ 4:11 PM
Dave McAnally
man back in iowa...we did that sort of thing ALL the time. Not to sound like a square, but we also found out that if you let the cops know ahead of time, or in the very least tell 'em what you wanna do, they end up working with ya. In some instances we even basically got free security.

Didn't help in the way of people getting open container charges though


Feb.24.2008 @ 9:24 PM
Similar story but a bit more audacious in the Sydney Morning Herald today: link [www.smh.com]">link [www.smh.com.au]

Music wants to be free!


Feb.24.2008 @ 11:52 PM
Not to get too hippy on y'all, but this just goes to show; failing touring markets, closing venues, a crumbling music industry -- none of it changes the fact that kids want to play, and other kids want to see them play.

That said, I can never quite get into a band where the drummer is the singer. Is that close-minded of me? It just seems... wrong.


Feb.25.2008 @ 12:24 AM
Chris Randall
I'm with you there. I've always felt that if the drummer wanted to sing, he should be in a Night Ranger or Romantics cover band and leave the rest of us to workin'.

On the bright side, you can yell out "Sister Christian!" when a band has a singing drummer, for a taste of the ironic humor we all know and love.

I'm with boobs, though. The _very_ first thing I thought about when I read the article was Snowcrash, although I think, given the choice, I'd rather see Sushi K than No Age, but again, that's subject to personal taste. I never fault anyone else's taste in music, unless that taste involves metal or modern country.



Feb.25.2008 @ 2:47 AM
There's actually a lot of crews around oregon that set up a few thousand watts worth of PA and have trance parties out in the woods, though I believe the big trailer/propane generators you need to run a system like that cost a little more than $52.
As often as not, the sheriffs don't show up even when they go on for three days. Personally, I would enjoy them more if I didn't have to listen to constant trance, even when I'm sleeping, but they can be good fun despite the awful music.

Feb.25.2008 @ 6:10 AM
"There's actually a lot of crews around oregon that set up a few thousand watts worth of PA and have trance parties out in the woods"

Forest parties... I think that's what the Finnish psy-trance scene has been doing a lot during the last few years too, albeit possibly not always with few kilowatt PAs.


Feb.25.2008 @ 10:40 AM
Chris Randall
I think Finland and Oregon are similar in population density. If we went to central Oregon (around Plush or Christmas Valley), you could do several thousand people and no one would ever know. We're talking about counties the size of Belgium with one or two cops.

Of course, central Oregon is about as close as you can get to the ass-end of nowhere as anywhere on the planet.



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