06.21.2001 - Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
My Band Sucks.
That was the main thought on my mind as I left the Middle
East Upstairs last night after seeing Ex Models. Hey, but before you try
to console me: I bet your band sucks, too. Think you guys work pretty
hard, right? Think your songs are pretty good, do you? Not to be a
jerk, but just to state the facts: Ex Models rocks harder and smarter than
your band, my band*, and most of the lame bands you like (with the
exception of ...). We left right after their set to return to the lab
(those long-tailed hamsters aren't going to grow themselves, you
know), but chances are they made the two bands that played after them look
like a bunch of losers.
It's hard for me to try to describe them. Some adjectives that may help
you understand what I heard and felt last night are:
Good. Noisy. Catchy. Exciting. At times, Lightning-Bolt-esque.
Math-ish. Jump-around-able. Glasses-crushing. A touch of the
weirder Dead Kennedys. On-stage two-guitar stereo-effects-ly. That
borrible-wonderful abrasive guitar sound. Big drums. Screechey-yelly.
And this from a bunch of guys who, like me and probably you, are from the
suburbs. The New Jersey suburbs, even. Very Inspiring.
Let's see, a blurb on their label's website, www.acefu.com, reads:
"... aggressive artistic pounding which carries the musical torch of such
greats as Devo, Talking Heads and Shellac."
Yeah, I can see that, well, maybe not the Shellac part.
Lots of sonic mayhem, but mayhem that was always controlled and powerful.
Their cd, "other mathematics" is great! You should hear and see them at
your soonest convenience.
*p.s. My band doesn't really suck. I don't know about yours, though.
Written By: Ernie K.