*[ihrtn.com] Using recordings culled from their epic 3-night engagement at Truck Festival America this May and their 2009 performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties NY, this two-part live album spans Hopewell’s rich and controversial history. Volume 1 is a snapshot of the present day band. Atypically, Hopewell’s music actually becomes heavier and more abstract as the band gets older, the modern version has two drummers, often employ’s a choir and horns and is infamous for bludgeoning audiences into stunned silence with its brilliantly strange and unpredictable, psych-rock orchestration.
*[brooklynvegan.com] I don't think I've missed more than a couple of New York City area Mission of Burma shows since I accidentally caught them at the Stillwell Stage at Siren Fest in '04. At that point in the band's history, they were still a somewhat recently reunited group, but clearly devoted to something more than just a few reunion performances. This was a group that was not so much reunited as they were picking up where they left off in 1983, anxious to write and record groundbreaking music yet again. Seven years and three (fantastic) full-length albums later, Mission of Burma have even further embedded their place in music history, a sort of indie music myth for our times.
So it goes without saying that these two shows, at Maxwell's on 1/28 and Bell House on 1/29 (both of which sold out) were met with excitement from the most devoted of Burma's fans. The band has become known for hand picking their opening acts, and in the case of these shows, they did an excellent job with both. New York City's Grandfather (not to be confused with Grandchildren) opened the Maxwell's show on Friday, a threesome with clear inspiration from Mission of Burma's unique timing and song structure. Their songs were dark, but meticulously written, with a heavy emphasis on rhythm. Grandfather's drummer, a highly energetic and precise musician, took on lead vocal duties as their guitarist and bassist flung themselves around on stage throughout their set. In hindsight, it made perfect sense when their guitarist told me before the show that Bob Weston and Steve Albini were behind their debut record. Check this band out (their next show is at Party Expo in Brooklyn 2/7/11).
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*Geronimo! have posted a video for their song "Thunderbattles" from the album Fuzzy Dreams. Directed by Ron Felten...