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Show Recap: Raw Geronimo at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Billy Gil, July 26, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

raw geronimo amoeba hollywoodL.A.'s Raw Geronimo began their July 25 set at Amoeba Hollywood with a stampede of drums as frontwoman Laena Geronimo cooed breathily over spacey guitar. That quickly ended as the bad went full bore into a heavy post-punk jam. Geronimo whipped her hair and flailed around between belting, eventually landing on the floor during the song's dreamy outro.

raw geronimo dream feverThe three-girl, three-guy band's next song roared right out of the gate, its two drummer set-up eliciting tribal moves and its other members offering B-52's style backups. For their next number, the guitarist played a looping Arabic riff while Geronimo intoned overhead, calling to mind Siouxsie and the Banshees circa "Arabian Nights."

Their next song had a dark surf jangle, highlighting a full-band assault of over Geronimo's theatrical presence, though her huge vocal swoops came in at exactly the right times, just as the band was letting loose. At no point did any of the six members seem to sit very still, but the band still made it seem effortless, clearly showing mastery as a live band — they casually changed out a keyboard when it malfunctioned, saying they had a backup. Geronimo's voice backed up for a moodier song, which was punctuated by Asiatic melodies. They turned it back up for a loud and jangly one and let out into a wild groove on the following song, probably the most intoxicating one on a purely musical basis. On their last song, single "Magnetic Love," they slowed down for a '50s style ballad made more powerful through huge drums and volcanic guitar work. It proved the band capable of whisking together various genres and eras of inspiration yet still coming out sounding like its own band.

See more photos from the show here. Pick up Dream Fever on LP now!

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Show Recap: Black Lips at the El Rey

Posted by Billy Gil, March 22, 2013 01:35pm | Post a Comment

Black Lips El ReyBlack Lips ripped through songs across their catalog March 21 at the El Rey Theatre. The band clearly was having a great time without a recent album to support (the most recent being 2011's excellent Arabia Mountain, which saw the band trading some of their trademark scuzz for Mark Ronson production while retaining their essential sound). They began as loudly and reverby as usual, tearing through Arabia Mountain's "Family Tree" and old favorites "Dirty Hands" and "Not a Problem" from 2005's Let it Bloom. By the time they got to the whirlwinds of "O Katrina," the crowd and pit was worked up into a froth — one girl jumped onstage with Black Lips written on her ass cheeks. They played a new song which was hard to make out — they gave the disclaimer that they were still working out the kinks on it. For the most part, they stuck to playing the jams — "Raw Meat," "Boomerang," "Buried Alive." Toilet paper came a-flyin' during "Modern Art," while another girl jumped onstage around the time they played "Bad Kids" to kiss guitarist Ian Saint Pe, who quickly obliged, after having flung a beer all over himself that had been thrown onstage. Cohorts Jared Swilley, Cole Alexander and Joe Bradley mostly stayed well-behaved during the show, minus Swiley's air-humping while playing bass and Alexander licking the mic stand (sorry, no penis this time). The band was set to play Burgerama the next day with Bleached, Nick Waterhouse and others at the Santa Ana Observatory, but they also have a documentary about their trip to the Middle East in the works. It's seeking funding via Indiegogo. Check out the trailer below. I love seeing them play politely in Erbil while onlookers tap their feet and one man holds up his baby. Looks amazing. See photos from their past three Amoeba performances here, here and here.

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