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Wednesday night at KITEC with Blonde Redhead and Sohn. This is my favourite venue - not too big, not too small, you're never far from the band. They got the sound right too which was crucial as both bands are Godzilla on the electronics.
Sohn opened the show with a 30 minute set playing on keyboard and singing in a falsetto he reached full throttle at some points in his repertoire and consumed all the space in the room and my head. His voice soared over the growls and oscillations that were radiating from the synth, reminding me of Jimmy Sommerville from 80s band, The Communards. Sohn is from London and lives in Vienna. Tremors is his just released debut album and it's his first time in Asia - everyone in the room liked that.
Check out the slow motion snow in Sohn's video, Artifice.
Blonde Redhead are Kazu Makino and twins, Simone and Amadeo Pace. Their sound is large and deep - the brothers studied jazz in Boston - there was never a dull moment in their set. Simone Pace played the drums while Amadeo Pace and Kazu Makino would hold up parts on vocals, bass, guitar, keys and synth. Kazu Makino's ether-like voice sailed over the hypnotic rhythms which put me in a trance and then blew my mind when they got heavy, intense, chaotic and utterly epic. They're from New York and formed in 1993.
The drumming in Blonde Redhead's song, 23, reminds me of the Silversun Pickups.