Hello there music fans!
It has been a while since I've done one of these because I was on vacation. I have been doing lots of listening though and I have a trio of treats in the hopper, so I figured I would load one up on this should-be-sunnier Friday afternoon and let 'er rip!
Vol. 5 : Golden Triangle - Brooklyn, NY
The cover of Double Jointer, which I think is their first LP, looks like this:
Without getting into too much detail, looking at it made me think I would like the band. I expected a psychedelic adventure and I crossed my fingers for sludgy, x-tnda-mix guitar solos and rocking good times. Basically, I was hoping it would be Quest for Fire.
(PS: The cover art for the new QFF album, due out this August, is AWESOME. Look at that and tell me it's not going to win Polaris 2011. I double-dog dare you.)
Anyways, I was in Montreal last week, walking drunkenly from the best pub in Canada to see Mouse on Mars and Nathan Fake at MUTEK (it was awesome!) and I plugged my headphones in to check out Golden Triangle. WHAT A BUMMER! I didn't order scrappy garage rock, you guys, I was more in the mood for... you know... the kind of shit that cover suggests should be within.
That said, in spite of my initial disappointment, I dig this record a lot. It revolves predominantly around a duo of female vocalists trading lines over top of driving rock 'n' roll riffs. I hear a lot of Le Tigre in there, although that might just be the girls singing over top of simple, well-structured rock, I'm not sure. I like it for the same reason as I like a band like the Evens: it never veers too far off what you're expecting, but it sticks to that groove in such a satisfying way. Maybe a bit of Pixies thrown in for good measure. If you want to check out my favourite song, you'll have to track down a copy of their album and listen to the sprawling Arson Wells (which is as close they come to the kind of balls-out wank fest I was looking for in Montreal) but hypem has Neon Noose and a few other standout tracks.
One final note: while I was looking for information about this band, I came across their blog, where they describe a recent record release as follows:
"Carly ended up with a concussion somehow and a few makeout sessions erupted during the set, and I found some shoes, shirts, a couple bras, and a belt laying around afterwards. I guess the music makes people strip off their clothes and get real frisky."
SO uh, multiple babes on stage rocking out (they seem to be graduates of the King Khan et al. school of over-the-top live antics) and audience members exploding out of their clothes and, presumably, into impromptu sessions of public copulation? Sounds about right. This is a six-piece band playing at a party-oriented festival and on at least one occasion they're opening for Les Savy Fav. Make a mental note of that, friends.
Shows: Wednesday @ the Legion, Thursday @ The Bamboo (!!), Friday @ Local 522, Saturday @ Dickens w/ Les Savy Fav
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