Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Awesome Color

Posted on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-03-10

The Stooges better hope no one orders paternity tests, because two of the best bands coming out of Detroit these days bear too much resemblance to Iggy Pop and co. to be anything but the bastard products of their writhing demon seed, and absolutely everybody notices. The folks in Awesome Color and Tyvek have got to be pretty sick of hearing they’ve got their (deadbeat) Daddies’ eyes, though, and there’s much more to both bands’ genetic makeup. If they were from New York, for example, Tyvek would get endless Velvet Underground comparisons, though their songs sound more like bass-heavy Velvets remixes played through blown speakers. Awesome Color, on the other hand, is already destined to be forever compared to Sonic Youth because they’re signed to Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label. Listening to Awesome Color’s abrasive melodies, it’s obvious why Moore would be drawn to them, but SY’s produced so many varied sounds over the past 30 years, dropping their name’s about as useless as vague descriptors like post-punk and no-wave. These kids are all grown-up and making noises of their own now. Let them expose you to their individual brands of raw power. $10, 8pm Fri, Mar 12, the Ten Eleven, 1011 Ave. B, (210) 320-9080, — Jeremy Martin

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