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Gang Gang Dance @ The Sala Rossa 11/1

Posted by Christy / November 2, 2006

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Intermittently dubbed with every possible genre in the music shop, it's easiest to just say that Gang Gang Dance is improv, percussive, incredibly talented, and totally danceable. The people who come to Gang Gang Dance shows are mostly balding thirty-something music dudes and artsy lesbians. The crowd is not particularly sexy. They do not know how to dance. They know how to sit alone and listen to music. They danced anyway. They win at life.

The boys of Gang Gang Dance all look like everybody's first ex-boyfriend. They're mostly broke art students who still, despite their meager fame, pound away at used or borrowed instruments. Liz, their stunning frontwoman on vocals as well as percussion, looks like a tiny pagan girl who got shipped off to Catholic school by mistake and made all the boys wonder if she'd carve a pentagram in their chests with her fingernails if they, uh, you know, did it...

Well, that's what I was wondering, anyway.

One of the best things about Gang Gang Dance's music is the way it builds. It starts tranced out and distorted and almost instantly turns into lovely percussive intensity. They're based out of improv, so there's no particular melody, but because percussion is central to their sound, you can follow it, move with it. Occasionally, within songs, the music dies back to distortion, and then rebuilds again to a new, even more wonderful rhythm, a sound that genuinely surprises and delights your soul. This goes on and on, building and building, until at the end you're out of your mind and hopping around like a pretty, pretty woodland sprite on shrooms.

If that sounds like a good thing to you, you can ride the magic train to fairy land with me. Wheee!

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J Mac / November 3, 2006 at 12:15 pm
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Some tiny pagan girls showed up every year at my Anglican school ... do you know how difficult it was for the plastic surgeons to remove the pentagram scars from my chest (which I had actually scratched there myself in order to create the illusion that I wasn't a scrawny, unlovable teen)? Answer: difficult.
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Kanchipuram sarees / March 22, 2019 at 12:31 am
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Herbal Powder / March 22, 2019 at 12:31 am
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