Pictured above: Denton, TX-based punksters Teenage Cool Kids bring some unholy fusion of garage punk, snide banter (“we’re from Montana; Teenage Cool Kids is up next”), and sheer sweat to Eclectic’s dining room late Saturday night. The band alternated between cuts from last year’s Denton After Sunset and ramshackle classic rock covers—including a filthy 90-second assault on “Helter Skelter” eventually credited to The Kinks. In attendance were about 18 people and a beach ball, but they were 18 of the most sincerely freaked out concertgoers I’ve ever encountered at Wesleyan.
Opening the show were Third Wheel—a former Awesomefest project featuring Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Molly Balsam ’14, and some third wheel—and DIVE, an appropriately reverb-drenched side project of Beach Fossils guitarist Z. Cole Smith and friends.
Pics and a “Helter freaking Skelter” video after the jump. Props to CG ’14 for organizing.
After the dust of Awesomefest has settled and another thirty-odd avant-wtf student band projects have come and gone (are you in one of them? me too), reflect on this: some of those bands may stick around for a few months or a year. Some of them may reemerge on fantastic billings like this one, where Third Wheel (Adrien DeFontaine ’13, Molly Balsam ’14, John Snyder ’12: get it?) gets the esteemed pleasure of opening for some of Texas and Brooklyn’s respective finest, Teenage Cool Kids and Dive. Wesleying’s 2012 concert series continues with this excellent freeby:
Come to Eclectic this Saturday to see some up and coming rock bands hailing from Texas and Brooklyn. And your friends, too.
Headlining this show will be Teenage Cool Kids, all from Denton, Texas. They also [expletive removed] rule.
DIVE is the new side project from Z. Cole Smith, the guitarist from the hazy, lo-fi Brooklyn band Beach Fossils. DIVE, also a four-piece from Brooklyn, could be described with those adjectives, but Cole trades a carefree vibe for a more dreary one with his new band, yet keeps a similar hazy, lo-fi quality. DIVE’s downbeat, darker sound is the result of Cole’s solitary summer in which he surrounded himself with the likes of Nirvana, Faust, and Lucinda Williams, but dreams of things like aliens and spirits. And somehow, this is what he ended up with.
“Now wait a minute. Now wait a minute—wait a, wait a, wait a minute. Wait—wait a minute.”
“If you book it, they will come.” Tommy Lee Costner delivered that iconic line in 1989’s Field of Wolves, and it has never rung more true: Wesleyan’s upcoming booty–poppin’ concert lineup has got the back to make the beat go boom.
Seriously, though: while you were catching some sun in Bermuda over break (or Bergen County, as the case may be), a small army of
chimpanzees committed Wesleyan concert-bookers was working day and night to put together a spring concert calendar fit to set a New Orleans-based sissy-bounce queen on fire. (And fresh off a semester whose warmest pleasures included Wye Oak and Dodos, Wild Flag and Balam Acab, Julianna Barwick and The Generationals, it probably says something that this schedule is arguably better.) If you missed Ty Segall or AraabMuzik, rest assured: that was the prologue. The insanity continues tonight, with Dustin Wong’s loop-driven guitar hypnosis at Eclectic Hauuuuus.
In conjunction with Aural Wes’s own concert preview, here’s a glance at everything you’re gonna miss while you’re abroad. It’s certainly not comprehensive—this only really covers the next month or so, and particularly excludes usual-suspect Wesleyan performers—but is pure, uncut bouncalicious. Cuz, like, uptown is trying to shake, nahmean?