Corners is a band that I had the pleasure to see a few times before, I saw them first during a Monday residency in April, then at Lolipalooza, and I had immediately noticed their invigorating sound, a sound which was so familiar and new at the same time. So, I was not surprised to learn that the quartet had a July residency at the Echo, and I may actually go to a few of them, as each night will bring other bands from the Lollipop/Burger Records family… it’s not because I have seen these bands that I should not see them again! Seriously, I don’t pretend to predict the future but Corners may be big soon, in a few years, they will play Coachella and be the Pitchfork-indie-press darlings. Ha! But I saw them first!
The band Drinking Flowers was opening the night and at this point they are going to think I am stalking them because it was my fourth time seeing them! Now I have seen them three times in a 10-day period, but it’s not my fault if they were playing at Lolipalooza and at the Warlocks’ smokeout!! Their set was as enjoyable as the previous ones, I like their noise-bound underground pop which comes with a dose of darkness,… may be they are a bit nihilist or at least a bit pissed off, and I like this. But if I mention one more time the Brian Jonestown Massacre or the Velvet Underground, I am going to kill myself. Joke apart, they are very good and they should release an album soon, but if you want to know more go here or here or here, yes I have already written about them like a fangirl, but I swear, I am not a stalker.
Next was Froth, another band that had already attracted a large crowd at Lolipalooza. At first, their sound was poppier than what I could remember, but after the first song, it was serious rock ‘n’ roll, still bringing big rewarding hooks. Here is another band emerging from the Burger family, which could make it big soon – they already had their residency at the Bootleg in December, but I missed that one. The quartet has a big sound generating epic numbers with 60s’ retro surf guitars or grinding chords, lots of reverb in the vocals, and some real action on stage. They move a lot at the exception of the bleached-blonde guy who was sitting on the left of the stage and was bent on his omnichord the whole time,… may be it was his own way to rebel. Even when some songs started slowly, they would eventually accelerate like some turbo engines. Plus, there were some raging and assaulting guitars as well as some trance-krautrock elements in all this, but still a very poppy heart behind the distortion, a bit as Nirvana did it?
Then Corners took the stage for the first Monday of their residency, and seeing how some people enjoyed the show, I bet many are going to be back next week. Yes, there was a rowdy mosh pit and beer spilled on the floor, yes, I got pushed on the side of the stage after their song ‘Pressure’ (just watch this great video for the song, the only one they have posted on Youtube), and the aftermath was that of a real punk show! Many of their songs bit the dust with a nervous and anxious rhythm, which transported all these kids into an euphoric stage making them push and dance their heart out. But the music also had a dark wave, and I could hear some Bauhaus into this, especially in the delivery, blending in a energy of almost Metz-like proportions. Cool, some sunny catchy punk-rock, driven by a surf beat, mixed with an aggressive delivery, wrapped in a little of darkness! Plus they brought diversity and exchanged one of the guitars for an even darker synth and a slower rhythm on certain songs, but it didn’t matter, LA people still found them pit-worthy. While triggering different corners of your musical memory, Corners has a unique sound and a damn good one – even though I have a preference for their nervous and mean songs, which are totally catchy and empowering. Judging by the crowd, Corners are already big and they don’t even have a record out.
Dirt dress was the last band of the night, and it’s not easy to play after Corners and at midnight! Still they were very good, bringing dark, slow boy girl harmonies and a semi-aggressive semi-passive tone, but still, right in your face, with an almost military delivery. A song they played (announced as an old one) even made me think about the famous punk LA band X. They sounded a bit similar to Corners at times (the surf in the guitars and the synth) but curiously also very different, far more static, and probably less raw garage, bringing tons of influences, the whole thing still done with a punk spirit around pop surfaces. It was just another long night at the Echo, and we are only at the beginning of July.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!