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David Scott Stone, Rainbow Arabia, Future Pigeon At The Echo, Monday December 5th 2016

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Future Pigeon

 

David Scott Stone came on the Echo’s stage with some amazing equipment, two huge knob machines with a complicated maze of multicolor threads connecting holes to other holes. He was standing between these two big things, going back and forth and getting a complex and very experimental throbbing noise from them, a buzzing drone with massive fuzzy beats. David Scott Stone, or Sir DSS as he is often called, has actually recorded with tons of famous bands and musicians, from the Melvins to Unwound, The Locust, Jello Biafra, No Age, but above everything he is a former member of LCD Soundsystem, which in a way, may have explained all this paraphernalia… last time I saw LCD at the FYF Fest, they brought up an impressive amount of stuff on stage, instruments and electronic equipment I had a hard time to comprehend. In a similar way, David Scott Stone had brought quite an interesting wall of unusual electronica for a regular Monday night, and his exotic beat machines produced high-decibel strident noise, vibrating fuzz, huge stereoscopic drone, massive booming beats, triggering a strange vibrating sensation,… at one point he left the stage and the machines continued playing by themselves, programmed to their master’s inventive and playful game.

Rainbow Arabia is a great moniker, evoking dreamy summer nights or whatever you feel, but the duo (Danny Preston and wife Tiffany Preston), which was actually a trio as they had added a drummer for the night, added real colors to that rainbow. Their music was difficult to describe, truly exotic at times with many African-Arabic influences, bouncy and synth-driven, an instrument played at ease with Preston, who was doing double duty for the night as he also played with the next band Future Pigeon. If their first song was an interesting electro-punk dance-pop number with Tiffany Preston’s dream vocals spiced up by a sort of revolt in her guitar and a few tribal-like screams, the rest of their set turned into dance-y pop songs, still very colorful, with layers of synth swirls and electronics, but really more classic than the starting one. They sounded too multi-influenced to be put into a specific genre, but their last album ‘L.A. Heartbreak’, just released in November, is said to have taken a leaner direction, going more dream pop than the bold punk-pop of their debuts. This didn’t prevent them to venture in some psychedelia, and if the exotic and punk-ish elements were becoming less and less obvious through the set, many people in the room would agree that Rainbow Arabia had some good beats, very much dance-floor worthy.

Future Pigeon has a long history with Los Angeles, I first heard of them in the early 2000s, when they played a few shows around town, some of them had an appearance in Steve Hanft’s weirdo movie ‘Southlander’ with an all-star-indie cast featuring Beck, Beth Orton, Hank Williams III, and Elliott Smith, I saw them a few times but it looks like they had disappeared since. That’s why I was surprised to see them play this Monday night at the Echo. Future Pigeon are plenty of people on stage and they bring layers and layers of sounds and influences while playing their own version of punk dub in a very deconstructed manner. Listening to them live is a bit like listening to a kaleidoscopic version of a Bob Marley song with echoes of The Clash heard through a heavy layer of smoke. It’s messy, crazy and busy, disheveled and damn weird in a pleasant and entertaining way if you can sort out their Jamaican influences from ’60s psychedelia or a few Western-y accelerations here and there – which could be explained by the fact that the band has a second outfit, the country-influenced Wiskey Biscuit. Their looks couldn’t have been more bizarre and mysterious, with mask and motorcycle helmet, and they dubbed through the night with a horror movie synth and infectious beats during ‘Rolling’, and dub psychedelia during ‘Mummy Rock’ or ‘Money Money’. They are a colorful band, the ‘echodelic’ sound of a melting pot, turning an ordinary Monday night into a trippy experience.

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David Scott Stone

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Rainbow Arabia

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