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Post-Rocking It @ Zoobizarre with Lymbyc Systym et al.

Posted by Goran / September 15, 2008


I have spent many a sleepless night wondering about what lies in the deep dark abyss after rock. This Saturday, the answer to one of life’s most profound and philosophical questions was revealed at one of Montreal’s gloomiest venues, Zoobizarre. According to This Quiet Army, This Will Destroy You and Lymbyc Systym, it all comes down to a simple exercise in classical linguistics. Apparently, all you need to do is add the Latin prefix “post-“ to everyone’s favourite means of artistic expression, and all of life’s mysteries will be revealed to you.

Located on St. Hubert just below Beaubien, Zoobizzare is a pretty unique spot. It’s dark castle-like ambience of Gothic vaulted stone ceilings fit the genre’s ethos like one of those things we’ll all be wearing on our hands soon. Unfortunately, a very sparse nerdy crowd did little to up the low level of excitement. The music itself had no such ambition. This Quiet Army consisted of a long ponytailed dude sitting on a chair with an electric guitar. He would pluck a string and then play with some effects pedals. What came out sounded like a decent soundtrack to any modern, artsy, industrial-ish film.

Although the bands changed up, the music remained pretty constant throughout. The sound was great and the compositions weren not too shabby either. Both This Will Destroy You and Lymbyc Systym proved to be well-rehearsed and tight-knit musicians. But none of this could spare me from my boredom. This kind of ambient, effects-driven psychedelic (post-)rock seemed more suitable as background music for make-outs with artsy, sophisticated partners then something to be observed in a live spectacle form.

For those of you who are just as lost as I am, ‘post-rock’ is just one of the gazillion sub-genres within the pantheon of popular music. It attempts to avoid the pitfalls of traditional rock progressions and styles. So I guess it strives to be more original than stereotypical pop. It's slow, repetitive, ambient, dynamic, experimental and generally instrumental. Focusing on creating thematic soundscapes rather than hooks and gimmicks, the genre's fixation on eliteist composition makes it somewhat inaccessible to my ADD self, especially in concert. I conclude that post my post-rock post, I will avoid post-rock until post post-rock reverts to pre post-rock, rock.

Photo from Lymbyc Systym myspace



Andy / September 15, 2008 at 08:43 pm
Ha, I have to hit "post" to, um, post, this message.
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