I don't know if I've mentioned how excited I am about an upcoming show, Monday after next, at the Iron Horse. Psychic Paramount whose II is, so far, my #2 for the year (ah, the power of auto-suggestion!), is playing that night...as you might remember, Psychic Paramount is a couple of guys from Laddio Bollocko who play blur-speed, loud, feedback-bent instrumental music that sounds like the sheer rush of adrenaline you might get in a fire fight in an open air plane or in the jungle when a tiger is about to jump on you.
Okay, that's the opener, what about this band Disappears, which also appears on the bill? What the hell is their story? I wonder. And being a naturally curious, google-equipped sort of person, I go to find out.
Disappears, out of Chicago, inhabits the same guitar-driven, post-rock slice of the universe as Psychic Paramount, though tending more to the Kraut-rocking end of things and incorporating some vocals. Steve Shelley has been closely aligned with the band for a while...he is now the drummer, and he has done some recording/engineering work for them. (His presence maybe explains what they're doing in Northampton, along with Psychic Paramount...thanks Steve!)
Disappears' Brian Case did one of those Listed features for Dusted a while ago.
I got a DL of their latest Guider from someone who wanted me to review a Philly show (I'm not sure how you say, "I don't live in Philly" so that people understand it; the straightforward way (i.e. "I don't live in Philly.") doesn't seem to work. But anyway, the record, which came out on Kranky late last year, is pretty awesome. I was already pretty hotly anticipating this show...now even a little more.
Here's the obligatory not-really-a-video of "Guider"