The countdown to the 2010 installment of the International Noise Conference (which I incorrectly blogged as being this Saturday — it's this Sunday) is on. And because noise is such an amorphous blob of a genre, you might try watching the video below to prep for INC Spokane. It's the best explanation I've seen of what happens at INC each year:
INC was founded by Frank Falestra — who responds to "Rat Bastard" and fronts the noise act, the Laundry Room Squelchers (or just the Squelchers). The band is an experiment in spontaneity: Bastard recruits pretty ladies from the audience to come up onstage to play with him. And with them — women who, ideally, have never touched a musical instrument before — he's almost perfectly executing the unspoken mission of noise music: to make sounds with a childlike playfulness. Together they all turn knobs on pedals, pick up amps and carry them over their heads. In some online videos, Bastard thrusts his amp into the chests of audience members — to make noise and, of course, to rouse up the crowd. Vice did a great interview with Rat Bastard about all this and more a few years back. Read it here.
The International Noise Conference takes place at Object Space (1818 1/2 E. Sprague), on Sunday, April 11, at 4 pm. Tickets: $8. See the full lineup at www.myspace.com/incspokane. Call 340-3934.
Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...