I was going to begin this post with a comment on how much Brooklyn quartet DIIV has changed since they performed here last February, but really they haven’t. Besides changing their name from Dive to DIIV, the band is pretty much the same. Same syrupy guitar reverb. Same half-mumbled vocal lines from Zachary Cole Smith, who began the group as a side project from Beach Fossils. Same raggedy fashion aesthetic. Same dreampop melodies. Maybe drummer Colby Hewitt’s backbeats were a little more assertive this time around, but not much else.
It’s the audience that has changed. Or maybe it’s just gown exponentially. When DIIV opened for Teenage Cool Kids last February, their audience consisted of about eleven students and one beach ball. Last night, after a summer that brought them much hype and a few high–profile opening slots, DIIV commanded a crowd well over 200 and dove (ha) triumphantly through most of the material on debut LP Oshin. Plus, maybe it’s the lack of serious punk shows on the calendar this semester, but this crowd seemed especially ready to blow off steam.
Continuing the fall concert lineup, Chelsie Green ’14 insists you attend tomorrow night’s show at Eclectic. But actually, it’s amazing that this show is free:
Come see these spiritually-attuned and musically-inclined individuals play for free this Thursday at 10pm at Eclectic.
DIIV: Not exactly just another four-piece band from Brooklyn. Since coming to Wes back in February, not only has their name changed from Dive to DIIV, but their popularity has increased — a lot. After receiving a “Best New Music” rating from Pitchfork on their debut album, Oshin, the band has traveled all over the country and world with their lo-fi shoegaze sound. DIIV is the result of lead vocalist/guitarist Cole Smith’s solitary summer in which he surrounded himself with the likes of Nirvana, Faust, and Lucinda Williams (and dreams of things like aliens and spirits). The band prides itself on being made up of all water signs.
Painted Zeros: This band consists of Vassar graduates who create similarly lo-fi dream pop. The band was born after lead vocalist/guitarist Katie Lau and bassist Andy Dymond went on a hike, went “semi-delirious,” and saw certain images that inspired them to make this music.
Date: Thursday, October 11
Time: 10 pm – 12 pm
What do How To Dress Well, The Soft Moon, DIIV, Atlas Sound, and Joey Bada$$ have in common?
One month into school, we’re well into the swing of things: academics, buffoonery, weather, slacktivism, impromptu Peter Yarrow singalongs. Impossibly sleek after its über-hip Prince Rama-guested launch party, Aural Wes is also back in action after a month of hibernating, freshly redesigned with some friendly pine trees in the background to boot. There’s also the upcoming shows calendar page—kind of like the Film Board calendar, except it doesn’t pop up in the background of all of your dorm room pregame photo shoots. Can you dig it?
Thus far, Wesleying has been diligently covering the fall’s musical offerings on a post-morten basis, from Laura Stevenson and Top 40 Cover Band and Plume Giant to our own mini-Insanity Weekend of sorts (Danny Brown, Prince Rama, R. Stevie Moore) to Thursday’s evening with Ben Seretan ’10 and Oneohtrix Point Never. We haven’t, though, given much attention to what lies ahead. And there’s a lot of it. So in the spirit of previous Wesleying concert previews and the newly revamped Aural Wes, here’s a (by no means exhaustive or comprehensive) glimpse at the lineup between now and mid-November. (No, not just October. I lied.) Scroll on for the lineup.