The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: September 2013
Tree Blood with Mancontrol, What We Won't See, The Funs and Eric Hall at Blank Space.
8 PM | $5
Tree Blood might be my favorite band name of all time. Their songs are fairly straight ahead structurally, but the swampy guitar and its tendency to spazz over moaning punk vocals digs deep hooks. This five band bill might be September's best cluster, with Mancontrol from Memphis, who builds sound from photo-optic cells, playing next to the fuzzy freak-out of The Funs.
Where Eric Hall grinds through loops using thick tones, his sounds often form grooves. What We Won't See is exceptionally solid, building angsty noise rock through a locked drum machine. Chris Smentowski, the brains behind Brain Transplant, performs six-string surgery in What We Won't See, lending unhinged edges to every song.
Each act shares droning, repetitive rhythm with walls of noise piled on top. The whole affair reeks of odd-dancing and probably shifty eyes, unsure if the awkward ass-shakes are socially acceptable. Blank Space's usually dim enough to allow for acting out.
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Joseph Hess is the Editorial Coordinator for the Riverfront Times. When he's not, you know, coordinating, he is the DJ of the experimental rock show Wrong Division over at KDHX (88.1 FM). Visit his personal blog here for more on this city's DIY and experimental music. Or stalk him on Twitter.