Ishmael: The Psi-U Files

Frippian Euphoric Post-Funk Survives “Bureaucratic Bullshit”

“You can’t evict an idea.” So read one of the picket signs at Thursday’s protest (with more colorful lettering, I’ll concede), and that seems a fairly accurate summation of last night’s Eclectic/Psi U Ishmael Progrockstravaganza. When Ishmael‘s long-awaited homecoming with An Assortment of Crayons at Eclectic was cancelled at the last minute due to “bureaucratic bullshit” (disclaimer: I have no idea what went down), Psi U warmly invited the band onto the bill of its charity concert (disclaimer: I have no idea what went down). What survived was a thoroughly reinvigorating 45 minutes of proggy interplay, epic vocal acrobatics, twisted time signatures, and well-honed fuzz explosions. They don’t play at Wes too often these days (Earth House in September, MuHo last spring), but when they do, it’s really a delight. (“Lets still fuck this shit up!” indeed.)

As always, Ishmael is Jordan Lewis ’13, Andy Werle ’12, Nick Otte, and Aaron Silberstein. Photos of the set appear below. Additionally, the band is playing Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on Saturday the 26th (that’s next week) and assures us that a release of sorts is soon to come. (Additionally additionally, if anyone has visual, aural, or verbal testimonies of the other bands who performed on the Psi-U bill [sadly, I don’t], cordially fill out our Comment Release Form below or write us at staff[at]wesleying[dot]org.)

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5 thoughts on “Ishmael: The Psi-U Files

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  3. music is dead

    and then everybody left and the two non-Wes bands which were originally playing the psi u show played for audiences of like 10 or less…and they were actually pretty good

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