Lots of good shows have been dive bombing Somerville's Radio lately, and tonight's show will be one of the best. San Francisco's Sic Alps harken back to a time when skinny boys with bad teeth made records and people went to the store and bought them and took them home and played them (wait they still do that?). Their new album Sic Alps (Drag City) is full of the sights and sounds of a warm, cramped dive bar, c.1968. Check it out and notice how "Glyphs" has the sludgey symphonics and lava lamp vocals of Syd's Floyd, minus the gnomes. Then "God Bless Her, I Miss Her" grooves along mid-sweat, like CCR to the Blues Explosion's Mitch Ryder.
For explorers of sound, Boston's Bent Shapes is one of the other mountain-esque bands on tonight's bill. Formerly known as Girlfriends, the newly re-christened Bent Shapes feature a tighter cleaner sound on their new flexidisc "Boys to Men"/"Brat Poison."
(photo Alex Bloemendal)
I chatted with guitarist/vocalist Ben (brother of Needy Visions' Sam Potrykus) about the change of sound. And this is what the fine brother rocker had to tell Inbound Sounds.
"Part of the name change was also that Supriya brings a lot to this band," says Potrykus of the addition of bassist Supriya Gunda. With a slight tweak to the line-up, the band's new songs sound less like their garage-pop Girlfriends-days and more like an early '80s Scottish band (like Josef K) with that sort of jittery dramatic, early post punk before people got serious--especially on the melanchonic, sassy "Brat Poison" (what is that solo?!). Now that they are toning it down a little bit on the effects and letting their natural songs come across a little more on their recordings, Bent Shapes are revealing a whole new level of musical smarts. "It's not very popular to be decent at anything," says Potrykus. "Not that we are decent!"
More than decent I would say. Possibly bitchin'.
TONIGHT - 10/25
Sic Alps (SF)
379 Somerville Ave.
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