Archive for May, 2007

Frog Eyes – Eye Weekly (5.24.07)

May 28, 2007


Frog Eyes’ tumultuous rock challenges listeners, but this BC quartet aren’t about to blink

Carey Mercer doesn’t have an ideal audience. “I definitely enjoy playing to what I’m lazily referring to as ‘our people’ more,” he confesses, adding an infectious chuckle while speaking to me from just outside Waco, Texas. But the Frog Eyes singer/guitarist/leader still gets immense enjoyment from playing a free noontime gig in relative anonymity at the University of Berkeley to an outdoor crowd dotted with “acid-casualty physics professors.” He adds, “I’ll play to 50-year-olds any time.”

What kind of impression Frog Eyes made on the professors’ scarred psyches remains a mystery, but with Mercer’s wailing, apocalyptic vocals riding an antagonistic tidal wave of densely packed melodies and full-bore rhythms, nasty flashbacks are a distinct possibility. “We’re a band that the average listener doesn’t find especially appealing on the first listen,” Mercer acknowledges. “But usually after the first couple listens, something clicks.”

Setting out from their Victoria, BC home in support of Frog Eyes’ fourth album Tears of the Valedictorian, Mercer – along with his drummer and better half Melanie Campbell, keyboardist Spencer Krug and bassist Michael Rak – has happily found himself greeted by people who seem more prepared for the band this time around. “There haven’t been lines around the block,” says Mercer, “but people have been coming to our shows and it seems like a nice responsive audience.” He laughs, adding that “I don’t want to sound like one of these really-excited-for-the-future guys.” (more…)


Gang Gang Dance review – Eye Weekly (5.24.07)

May 28, 2007

Battling Seizurebots or Gang Gang Dance‘s DVD experience Retina Riddim?

Brandi Disterheft review – Eye Weekly (5.17.07)

May 19, 2007


Brandi Disterheft’s first release as a leader, Debut, is a striking summary of her vast talents. An intelligent and varied record, Debut sees Disterheft working in myriad settings through nine of her own compositions. With long-time partner-in-rhythm Sly Juhas on drums and regular tenor-man Chris Gale in tow, she breathes new life into the jazz album with concise and engaging arrangements, each showcasing different sidemen. The late-’50s-era Wayne Shorter melodies of “Dandy Dangle” and “Sixty Dollar Train” provide a striking contrast to the Gale-Disterheft-Juhas trio’s psychic mood-swinging on “Typhoon the 27th Floor.” Disterheft digs in for some fine four-string wrestling during her own solo on the Mingus-esque tribute “Duke’s Dead,” and rounding out the groupings are two piano trios commanded by Adrean Farrugia’s flurry of soloing and even a couple of vocal ballads. This rising star is now the centre of her own solar system.

Originally published in EYE WEEKLY (5.17.07).

Klaxons interview – Ukula (5.1.07)

May 1, 2007


An interview with UK’s anti-nu-ravers the Klaxons.