Skip to content

Rearranged Face, Flat Worms, Mind Meld, Shark Toys At The Echo, Monday February 20th 2017

16836675_1098569190253266_5814891844816926638_o

Mind Meld

 

Mind Meld’s residency at the Echo on Monday night was an evening of raw punk and even dissonance,… with the exception of Mind Meld’s own set. Four bands played till very late at night as usual, starting with Rearranged Face, a guitars-meet-electronics quartet who was effectively rearranging the space around them, with no real melody in sight but only dark, monochord, part half-spoken, part-screamed vocals. Using an electronic table, two electric guitars and drums, they were making very dissonant, borderline avant-garde music with numerous assault-like parts, but around the noise, the distortion and the aggression, there was a true unruly punk spirit. I realize this could also describe many other bands, so let’s say they were looking to be more and more bizarre as the set was progressing, with an abrupt and angular sound, a dissonant and wildly experimental electronica, revealing little by little a fear-in-the guts. Their sound became more and more anxious and scary, as the singer was moaning, groaning, screaming over a cacophony of hypnotic punk music.

Flat Worms gave us much more accessible music – although I saw many people dancing to these Rearranged Face experimental rats – still brutal but very powerful, with big choruses inside a thick fuzz of loud guitars and heavy drumming. Their songs had big hooks, and I wonder why they called themselves flat worms instead of hookworms because there was nothing flat in their music but plenty of hooks! With a real bravado in the guitars – and I mean by this that their sonic assaults had the smell of danger and annihilation – the trio was making the noise of an army. It was an empowering set if I have ever witnessed one, they were raging like a motorcycling gang, and if the band is relatively new, none of them is: guitarist/vocalist Will Ivy was in Dream Boys, Wet Illustrated, bassist Tim Hellman played with Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, and drummer Justin Sullivan played with Kevin Morby and the Babies. You got it they were great, raw and unapologetic, sounding like a powerhouse, a tornado trashing the Echo with an irresistible air of triumph.

Mind Meld are playing every Monday at the Echo so you have one last chance to see them next week because they were another powerhouse mixed with a sort of 70s psychedelia on steroids. They played a muscular set, loud and fast, aggressive but very upbeat, a hyper-bright fury just like the white lights that were flashing in the back of the stage. Their brand of psych pop rock was heavy on fuzz and psychedelic elements, whereas frontman Bert Hoover may well be the new Ty Segall… and I am not only say that because of the way he was holding his guitar with the neck high in the air, he was shredding with a constant fight-or-flight response, mostly fighting against some invisible fury with his long hair floating and banging all set long. Some songs had poppy hooks but the whole thing was so buried in heavy riffs and loud fuzz that I didn’t realize this immediately. Groovy and bluesy, poppy and heavy, ripping and buzzing, these guys did not slow down a bit and very few songs let them really take a breath, but when they did, they showed their poppy side for a few seconds, before the guitars and drums would soar again in a glorious rock & roll moment.

Shark Toys were the most brutal of all the bands, although it’s difficult to tell after a certain hour of the night, but they had a mechanical violence, the type of crazy assaulting rage that you could simply call weird. They were smashing their guitars with a lightning-like energy and certainly without any pity, while screaming at our faces – or should I say barking? –  with a Devo-like oddity. They shook the place upside down for a too short set – it was already very late anyway and I praise them to still have this can of storm in store around midnight! They broke a few of their songs in thousands pieces threw them up at the audience, brought a large dose of dissonance, mountains of distortion with funny toy noises and a fuck-you-all tone you could hear in the high pitch vocals of the singer (although I didn’t catch anything of what he was saying). They doubled their energy and volume mid-set, as if they were singing lullabies before and chaos was on our way.

It was a night to nurse your growing tinnitus.

More pictures here

16836520_1098530056923846_3184162135685112962_o

Rearranged Face

16903350_1098560943587424_5534706696076816439_o

Flat Worms

16804069_1098583176918534_6883491645975726795_o

Mind Meld

16798008_1098586833584835_1508824644739903041_o

Shark Toys

 

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo-e1623352788338-reupload
ScreenShot2020-10-05at12.00.04PM-reupload

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top