Tonight Tonight in Music: Panther, Taken By Trees, British Sea Power, the Gutter Twins
posted by March 4 at 9:00 AMon
In this week’s paper, Eric Grandy interrogated Charlie Salas-Humara of Panther. An excerpt:
What’s the worst reaction you’ve ever had at a live show? Any rioting? Near-rioting?
I’ve had people get up on the stage and try to stop me, which is really weird.
How did they try to stop you?
I had a weird show in a basement of a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco, and this guy got up onstage and tried to put me in a headlock. Then some other guy ended up putting him in a headlock. He was just trying to stop me; he was really bummed out by it. The weirdest thing was I saw him the next night, I played in Oakland, and he was in the front nodding his head or whatever; I was like, “Okay….”
Click here to read the full interview. Panther plays tonight at Nectar with Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, Talbot Tagora, and Check Minus.
From this week’s U&Cs:
British Sea Power, Colourmusic
(Neumo’s) The other day at the office, Eric Grandy literally threw a CD at me. It was Do You Like Rock Music? by British Sea Power. The name sounded familiarish. They are, according to Wikipedia, four guys from Brighton who like and make rock music and whose live shows involve bear costumes and stage diving. Last month at a show, the keyboardist and cornet player reportedly jumped off a 12-foot-high PA system and landed on his head. He was rushed to the hospital where he got “a maze of stitches” on his chin and was treated for a concussion. This has to be commended. The music itself? It’s the sort of rock that takes itself for powerful and British but is actually thin, generic, cheesy. I listened to “No Lucifer” and “Waving Flags,” the two singles on Do You Like Rock Music?, over and over again, and I can’t remember a thing about them. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
The Gutter Twins, Great Northern
(Showbox at the Market) The paths leading to the Gutter Twins are two. One path, taken by Greg Dulli, is the Afghan Whigs, and another path, taken by Mark Lanegan, is the Screaming Trees. The first complete work at the end of these paths, the Gutter Twins, is called Saturnalia. The title of the work is faithful to its content. All that is implied by the word “saturnalia” is realized in the music. Saturnalia as a word and as a work is “a period of unrestrained revelry.” The work has no restraints; it’s an orgy of complicated emotions, perverted poetry, big mountain drums, soaring arrangements, moments of troubled peace, moments of panic, moments of hope, moments of hysteria. In all, the work has too much stuff in it and one longs for the simplicity and poverty of the Screaming Trees and the Afghan Whigs. CHARLES MUDEDE
Taken by Trees, White Hinterland
(Triple Door) Victoria Bergsman, aka the female voice on the Peter, Bjorn, and John track “Young Folks”—a song I whistled and whistled and whistled last year (you try not to!)—quit the Concretes in 2006 and started a solo project called Taken by Trees that is pretty much all about her voice. There are instruments, too—strings, a vibraphone, other pretty stuff—but they’re faint, downplayed, beside the point. Bergsman’s voice has many levels and sounds good no matter what you do to it: On “Above You” it’s amplified and echo-y, like a multitude of angels singing at the other end of a hallway; her cover of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” is so great because it’s so simple. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE