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Simply Saucer, Plastic Crimewave Sound, CPC Gangbangs - June 14/07, Sala Rossa

Posted by Robyn / June 15, 2007

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June, thanks in part to the Suoni per il Popolo month-long experimental+etc music festival, and in part to, oh, life, has been a busy and, I'm not too proud to admit, rough month for me. So yesterday night, as I sat surrounded by stacks of books and photocopied research materials and trying to distill information from pdf files, attempting to fill in the giant blanks in my thesis chapter due today, I decided to make things rougher. I decided to go with my gut and go see Simply Saucer. Damn the consequences, damn the accidental caffeine overload, damn the first all-nighter I've pulled in years! Stuff got done.

And why not have it all? It feels pretty good, but maybe that's the euphoria of sleep deprivation talking. Luckily I mapped out my review of last night's show last night.Though I can't promise there won't be some crazy talk here.

So heavily into my studies was I that I had to sacrifice part of the show to the gods of academia. They are not very cool gods and have pretty dumb weapons (cosmic staplers lol), but they will haunt your every waking moment until you produce something with the word "interstitial" in it or whatever. So I missed Plastic Crimewave Sound. I saw them last year at Suoni though, and they were weird and psych-rock loud and pretty freakin' enjoyable. They were hanging around though and seemed to be wearing very similar outfits as last year. I don't know what that means. Consistency perhaps?

I did see a good 20 minutes of CPC Gangbangs though and they were definitely loud and maybe a bit weird but mostly very rock n' roll. Which made me realize I hadn't seen a straight-up genuine rock n' roll band in a while. I mean, they didn't seem all that indie or posturing - the flailing around the stage, knocking shit down seemed genuine and the yelling-singing seemed to come from the heart. And they had a crew of an audience, yelling their names and loving it. Lots of girls in cute retro dresses and stripey tops and guys in, uh, jeans. It was not the hoodie rock/noise crowd. I was wearing a hoodie. But I was also wearing a skirt. Traversing both worlds y'all. It was different to me and I enjoyed the difference.

And then I sat around and thought about all my pages of paragraphs and how they could possibly fit together coherently, and then I thought about how many rods and cones I had in my eyes and how that all works re: loss of night vision re: how dark it sometimes gets in Sala Rossa re: who cares this is about sound not vision, maybe.

And then Simply Saucer, legends-not-in-their-time, that time being the mid-70s, psych-punk-rockers from Hamilton, Ontario, played a bunch of songs! And they were not that old and they were not that quiet and they were not that curmudgeonly, at all. They played classics from their record, Cyborgs Revisted, which everyone should listen to a few times in a row and probably own on vinyl, and they played a few new ones too. I can't say I dug the new ones, but the classics with the yelled lyrics and the screaming guitars and the theramin all wailing in time together were awesome rock times, how rock sounds when it's done right.

There's a kind of reverance that happens when an old, underground rock band gets back together and decides to come to your town. My honesty prevents me from saying I loved it x1000 but I did love parts of it x100 and holy geez you know what happens when you've been playing guitar for many many many years? You get really really really good at it. That was great and inspiring to see and hear, even if I wanted more freak-out crazy guitar and drum jams. Which I always want. I was glad some of that happened, very glad. It cleared my mind and cleaned my ears and probably gave me my night vision back.

Also, this poster is wheeoooaah awesome:

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