Yoshida Tatsuya Festival
12/15- 12/31, 2005
OF THE WOLF BANDS:
A couple of the wolf-named bands we’ve been hearing so much about will be showing up in New York this week. Like Wolf Parade, AIDS Wolf and We Are Wolves are both from Montreal. On play Friday on separate bills and We Are Wolves does another one on Saturday as well. I imagine they’re not billed together because they’re waiting for its the Montreal wolf triple-header
AIDS Wolf, the noisier of the two and the one I’m most interested in witnessing live, are doing a Todd P show at Kingsland Tavern with Atlanta’s Deerhunter, Boston’s Neptune, and New York’s The Fugue. AIDS Wolf’s sound is heavy, dissonant, and sludgy with shrieking vocals on top. Reports indicate that their show promises to be completely out of hand. Also, in case you are wondering, they’re named after an urban myth about AIDS-infected wolves biting house-pets who would transmit it to their owners through licks. Deerhunter find themselves on the more ambient end of the post-punk. Neptune employs their handcrafted metal instruments to create organized racket that wavers between abstraction and pure rock. The Fugue, while by no means retro, with parts hardcore, classic Touch and Go noise rock, and early 80s pure noise, wouldn’t have been out of place in the early 1990s underground.
We Are Wolves, while cuddly in comparison to the aforementioned acts, are by no means harmless. Their thing is a fuzzy blend of synths and guitars – an odd choice for Fat Possum Records. Some of the songs are dancy, some ethereal, and some rocking. On Friday they play with Brooklyn’s Proton Proton, who are a sort of proggy new wavish thing. And there’s also The Miasmics, and Lovewhip. On Saturday they play at Sin-e opening for Boston’s loud rock band Big Bear who is also well-worthy of mention. The bill is rounded out by hometown Goths The Bellmer Dolls, plus Isle of Citadel and Dead Radar.
© New York Night Train , 2005