SUNN O))) – Let There Be Drone / One Residence, Two Concepts, Three Concerts
1/30/2020 / Life Metal
2/01/2019 / Life Metal
2/02/2020 / Shoshin (初心)
Interview and written and conducted by Tess Casto
How did your music journey begin?
When I was a wee lad (around 3 years old) my dad bought me a pair of Pro-Mark Ringo drum sticks and would lay newspaper out on the cushion of an armchair and put on the Tears for Fears “Best of” for me to beat along to. Slowly as I got older I was introduced to a real drum kit and started drumming in bands with my older sisters friends when I was 12. More recently I’ve taught myself guitar and bass and started writing my own material.
Were there any notable influences such as family or bands/musicians?
My dad, my mom, and their broad collection of CDs.
Being in “The Britanys” how would say this has impacted your sound?
I learned a lot about songwriting and melody through writing as committee w the boys. Just from watching Lucas orchestrate ideas, I’ve grown a lot.
Since having a solo project, how does it differ from being in a band full of other members?
It’s more introspective because I’m just sat alone with headphones. Both are different enough experiences to stay fresh and influence one another. In one, you get the joy of collaborating with others and making something special, with the other you get free reign to make something fully personal. Both are nice.
What’s your favorite part about being in the music industry?
Good question. I’m not sure there’s any logic in why I want to be a part of it, but I haven’t gotten a “real” job yet.
Since you live in NYC, do you have any favorite concert venues there?
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
Brian Eno, that’s my rock n roll pope~
Lastly, are there any upcoming releases we should be on the lookout for?
Gonna start playing live in September and release two more songs in the next few months. Just made merch, DM 4 one!!
BTBAM, The Contortionist, and Nick Johnston stopped at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh on their most recent tour. The following lineup was a “progressive” powerhouse.
Nick Johnston was on before the main acts came on. My favorite part about going into this show was the fact I didn’t hear his studio releases prior. I love being surprised and that’s exactly what happened. Nick put on such a fantastic half-hour set. It felt so much shorter than half an hour. I hope to see him again on tour soon!
Up next was The Contortionist. Being formed by in 2007 and hailing Indianapolis, Indiana, this progressive band has been making their stride for over a decade. Releasing four albums and a mass of EPs, their discography offers a selection for everyone. Half of the list were songs from their most recent album “Clairvoyant”. Then the latter was from their previous works. The overall set moved at a delightful pace.
Last but not least, Between The Buried and Me. Another band native to the USA, BTBAM are based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Starting out in 2000, the band has seen many lineup changes but still has continued on strong with two of the original members Rogers (lead vocals/keyboard) and Waggoner (lead guitar/backing vocals). The setlist mainly compromised of songs from both “The Parallax II: Future Sequence” and “Automata II”. Though the set was made up of twelve songs, the beautiful attribute that has made progressive bands different from the rest is that their songs are quite longer than the normal song.
All and in all, the artists and bands did a magnificent job. Its been quite a while since I’ve been to a prog show, and I was not disappointed!