Isis and Blonde Redhead

Sunday 3 June, 2007

I ventured out to another couple of gigs last week. They were Isis and Blonde Redhead at the Bierkeller and the Thekla respectively. The bands couldn’t really be more different as one is a, well just check out these descriptions:


“Isis is a monolithic, breathing, dense, incredibly spiritual musical experience that, while rooted in heavy metal and the punk/hardcore aesthetic, relies just as heavily on ambience, atmosphere, and tone as it does complexity, aggressiveness, and raw emotion. Not so much a band per se as a collective, the artisans who comprise the Boston quintet paint vivid and surreal conceptual compositions layering feedback, power chords, intense quiet/loud dynamics, and vocals that are often shouted, more often screamed, and occasionally sung.”

Blonde Redhead

“Blonde Redhead is a / band. It was formed by Kazu Makino, Maki Takahashi and Milan born Italian twin brothers Simone Pace and Amedeo Pace. They take their name from a song by DNA, a 70s and 80s no-wave band from New York.

“three-piece band that creates their own brand of unique bliss”

Their early music has been described as emulative of Sonic Youth, but their more recent releases have begun to stray from this generalization. Kazu Makino is noted for her high, eerie voice, which hovers over melodic guitar riffs and rhythmic drum beats.”

I’ve previously been to see Isis before so knew what to expect and I’d listened to Blonde Redhead’s latest album so was also prepared for them too.  The Isis gig was pretty chilled as we just sat on a table and watched them rather than trying to get close to the stage.  It was a good gig but not my favorite of the year by quite a long way, so far I think my best gig has been !!!.

The Blonde Redhead was a much more chilled event. We got their a bit early and were a bit surprised by then number of people there as we didn’t think they were quite this popular (later in the evening I noticed that there were loads of college kids there and it dawned on me that it was half term, hence the number of people)!

The support band were quite good, I forget their name now.. They gave out free CDs so I grabbed one but ended up losing that too. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

Blonde Redhead appeared to be pretty tired. Dave and I agree that they were probably right at the end of the tour so had many late nights gigging under their belts..  The still played a good set and came back for a 2 song encore. I took a few photos but as usual I had the blur setting turned up to full. (Note to self: turn the blur setting down on camera.)

That’s all for now….


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