Noise Pop 2013
Wax Idols, SISU, LENZ
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece.
Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it's way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group's formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith's childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIIV craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80's Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it's earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV's magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a US tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter's studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP's, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana, and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train).
The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in it's tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.
Oakland’s Wax Idols are born out of discontent and it lends itself to their style of punk. With high-pitched fuzzy vocals, heavily distorted guitars and staccato style beats, the attitude of irreverence comes through sure and strong. Lead singer-songwriter Heather Fedewa is the sole proprietor of this shop of tightly woven noise effects. After getting kicked out of several other Bay Area bands, she decided to start her own little project that would kick ass enough for her to maintain complete creative control. And with this control she has created her own little mischievous kingdom.
SISU (pronounced "see-soo") is from Los Angeles, California. Led by Sandra Vu, who also plays drums in Dum Dum Girls, the group is completed by Ryan Wood, Nathanael Keefer, Chris Stevens, and Jules Medeiros.
SISU began as a means of therapy for Vu after the previous band she played drums in, Midnight Movies, ended. The endeavor was a way for her to work through and overcome disappointment and disillusionment.
Listeners may be surprised that SISU offers a strikingly different sound and mood from Dum Dum Girls: spare electro beats, sinewy basslines, undulating synths, shimmering guitar, gossamer flute. Floating above it all is Vu's voice, vulnerable and breathy. This is exquisite, devastating music.
Vu records much of the music herself at home. Wood and Keefer helped her complete it in-studio, with Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta, Marnie Stern) mixing.
Discovering a spectacular new band is an incomparable thrill. The first few listens; the goosebumps from elation. It's rare these days to hear music that's not affected by hype and expectation. Here is such an opportunity.
Sandra Vu (vocals, guitar)
Ryan Wood (guitar, synth)
Nathanael Keefer (drums)
Jules Medeiros (synth, backing vocals)
Chris Stevens (bass)