Thursday, April 8, 2010

INC countdown continues

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM

A pot being clanked with a spoon. That's a form of noise. But volume — the difference between a pot being tapped with a teaspoon and a pot being smashed with a sledgehammer — is where things change. Many noise musicians seem rapt with sheer quantity of the sound — the volume — they are making. Some are punishers, raging waves of almost-unbearable sounds at their audience. Most times it's dissonant, ear-splitting cacophony, which can be difficult to understand for a noise-newbie.

And then sometimes, noise music is a little more like Power Skeleton, a band that takes things beyond knob-twisting and thrusting their amps into the air. There a few things to grasp onto: drums, vocals, samples. They are in no way mainstreaming noise music — Power Skeleton combines elements of other genres to create a psychedelia-infused noise sound. You can listen to some of the tracks on the band's MySpace, but don't get hooked or anything — Power Skeleton says they never play a song twice. 

Check out the video, and let them be your gateway drug to INC.  

The International Noise Conference takes place at Object Space (1818 1/2 E. Sprague) on Sunday, April 11, at 4 pm. Tickets: $8. All-ages. Call 340-3934.

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Leah Sottile

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...