Pete’s First 11 of ’11 – 2011 Show Reviews: Young Adults, Quilty, Sleepy Very Sleepy @ Great Scott, 1/16
Whoa! WHOA, Greater Boston Area! You have seriously got to stop rocking so much! These shows are piling up faster than I can write about them. Since things are only about to get crazier with a slew of legit legends (Wanda Jackson, Motorhead, Jonathan Richman, The Pogues etc.) about to hit town in the next month, I figured now might be my best chance to tell you about some of the awesome shit that’s already gone down this year. And so, all this week, we will be taking a look back at the first 11 shows I’ve hit in 2011.
Young Adults, Quilty, and Sleepy Very Sleepy – January 16 @ Great Scott
Finally! A show where I saw more than 25 percent of the bands playing! At Soiree numero trois, I caught every band except for Nassy.
I had seen Sleepy Very Sleepy twice before, but on both occasions, they played without a bass or a full drumkit. There was plenty to enjoy then, what with Stephen Konrad surfing deserts on a twangy Rickenbacker, and Katie Von Schleicher’s far-fetched claims of time distortion and eyeball posses. But having a proper rhythm section laid a more textured landscape in the band’s dreamier forays, and fed some meat to their mid-paced psych-pop fauna. SVS has been toiling away on their debut LP, Unlimited Circulation for several months, and they are now in the finalest of final stages of post-production. The album drops in March, and I’m betting that when it does I will read at least two different reviews of it in which the author makes some awful pun on their name (“This album is bitchin. Very bitchin.”).
Up next was Quilty (formerly known as KC Quilty), a Brooklyn band touring in support of their new 7”, Black Hole. This trio won me over quickly, and if you have any taste for rough-and-tumble gore grunge, they will probably win you over as well. You might have read some raves about about their savvy use of Pixian loud-soft dynamics, but I did not hear a whole lot of “soft” from them at Great Scott. They’re sometimes infectious, sometimes grisly, but they always walk heavily and carry a big stick. Singer/gunslinger Sarah Dupuis can pour on a very sweet chorus when she wants to, but you’ll often find her twisting a few notes into uncomfortable positions, often while her guitar strings undergo similar spinal adjustments. I guess it’s not totally unfair to label them “retro” or “revivalist,” (if you have a label fetish), but most pearljammin’ poseurs don’t have nearly as much metallic sludge caked onto their sound. Plus, they’ve got a fucking trombassist! Pavement didn’t have no trombassist.
Quilty – “Siiya” – Clover/Coriander
Young Adults closed the show, doing their best to nurture the growing buzz that has followed them around town since their 12” (which, ironically enough, shares the name Black Hole with the aforementioned Quilty release) was unleashed November. Their set was a blitzkrieg bop advancing relentlessly under cover of a shoegaze haze. From start to finish, the beats drove fast and steady, with some urgent chord combos and syncro-shouting adding to the sense of desperation.
Young Adults – “Impression” – Black Hole
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