Love They’re Not 100% Instrumental, But…
posted by April 8 at 13:30 PMon
Cicadas are 100% fantastic. (Jeff Kirby thinks so too.)
In this week’s music section, I wrote about a few local instrumental bands making great music and combining other aspects of art into their live sets. I didn’t include Cicadas, but they’re another outfit you should know about if you’re prone to enjoy wordless music.
Obviously inspired by Botch and early (good) Dillinger Escape Plan, Bellingham’s Cicadas are far more technical than any other local instrumental act—more blistering, more ferocious. These dudes flaunt fast, stabbing guitar, head-spinning bass, and spastic drumming. They do start yelling at certain points in the song, so they’re not all music, no words. But you can’t tell what they’re saying at all, and it’s not often, so I’d still classify it in the instrumental vein.
Their next (and last?) show is April 29th with Akimbo at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham.
And while you’re checking out some music, listen to the other instrumental bands highlighted in this week’s paper:
Sleepy Eyes of Death
“Eyes Spliced Open”
“Frolic, Just Don’t Lick”
“Ten is the New Five”
Joy Wants Eternity
“Above the Clouds Lies Eternal Sun”