Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The California press is busy singing the praises of Cleveland's Mr. Gnome, with featured articles from LA Weekly and OC Weekly...
[LAWeekly.com] One hesitates to describe Mr. Gnome as a two-piece band. The awesome rush of sound that comes out of Nicole Barille's lungs and guitar and Sam Meister's drums seems much bigger and more powerful than anything two people are capable of. Mr. Meister shifts the room with each stomp of his kick drum, while Ms. Barille launches landslides of surging, Sensurround guitar on the Cleveland duo's second CD, Heave Yer Skeleton (El Marko Records). He hammers down her Sabbath-y riffs with a Bonhamesque finality on "Plastic Shadow," and they scour the clouds away with punk tempos and flamethrower blasts on "Cleveland Polka." But that's about as "normal" as Mr. Gnome gets. Stormy passages like "Hills, Valleys and Valium" are broken up with spacey interludes where Barille's eerie, wraith like keening mood-swings into delicately angelic cooing. Such arty juxtapositions are freaky, cute, savage and scary, all at the same time. Mr. Gnome don't really sound like anyone else, and their ghost-ridden songs only make sense with a dream time logic. They're also at Alex's Bar, Wed., Nov. 25.
The band are also featured in the OC Weekly HERE!!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 6:34 PM