If you read our winter concert forecast (cloudy with a chance of Delicate Steve), you’ll recall the short bit we included about Zammuto:
Zammuto is the solo project of guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto of the generally inimitable Books, who called it quits a year ago. Zammuto features that same glitchy, wildly inventive cut-and-paste aesthetic, but more vocal-oriented and less emphasis on bizarre spoken word samples. (If you don’t know The Books, stop what you’re doing and watch this video.)
Guess what, homedrones? Winter’s over, and that means Zammuto is bringing his powers of freak experimental wizardry THIS SATURDAY to ECLECTIC for a FREE CONCERT that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Jesse “Skeevy on the Radio” Brent ’13 with the crucial deets:
Neo-tribalgaze band Prince Rama, which consists of two glittery sisters who grew up on a Hare Krishna commune (and that guy in the background who follows their exploits with his bass and gets curiously little media attention), played to a packed, sweaty house at Eclectic Friday night. Their act has a strong element of performance art; their opening ritual included keyboardist Taraka Larson throwing a long, sheer veil over herself and creeping through the crowd at the speed of molasses while the rest of the band played a droney track (it might have been “Summer of Love”).
She also climbed up on the speakers and blindly caressed the heads of the freshman boys in the front row, who made beatific expressions as if they had been touched by an angel. They invited people to get up front and dance with them, but the audience was sadly shy. No worries if you missed it and still want to shake your booty; according to their Facebook page, they’re holding a YouTube dance contest and the deadline is October first.
Opening was Dema Paxton Fofang ’13’s solo project Bamenda, which we posted about a few weeks ago.
“These guys are totally like a chiller Beach House!” —anonymous
Baltimore’s big on campus these days. Wye Oak, Dustin Wong, and Lands and Peoples all hail from the Charm City, and if you cast your memory a little farther back, so does Beach House. Lower Dens is apparently the latest to occupy the “Baltimore-based critical darlings” slot—they’re a little bit moody, a little bit noisy, a little bit shoegazy, a little bit psychedelic, and after a set by spirited indie-poppers Treasure Island at Eclectic last Friday night, most of it worked. (The band’s on its way to SXSW for a third consecutive year, so props to HB ’14 for organizing: sweet timing.)
Also, props to a sizable crowd for turning out, props to Dens’ unnamed guitarist for the most righteous mustache this side of Bear in Heaven, and props to the band’s crew for the most psychedelic lighting setup since The Luyas opened for Dodos: this show was fun.
Nootropics (prononced “No-eh-tro-pics”) comes out in May, and if you Google that, you’ll learn far more about “smart drugs” than you ever wanted to know. Scroll on for a full gallery, and scope tomorrow’s Argus for an interview with the band.