Thursday, June 29, 2006

Strategies of Beauty Profile: iDi* Amin (by Defensive Listening)

Idi*Amin is arguably one of the most experimental groups playing at Strategies of Beauty, but their experimental technique is nuanced and they don't sound as though they are out to simply punish you with pure noise, even though they could if they wanted to. The only thing keeping this band from being a straight instrumental group is the fact that "atonal" guitarist Nevada Hill ( a label he doesn't take as an insult, like the way it's sometimes pejoratively thrown around this very site) will let lose with an occasional scream or yelp. Meanwhile, "Tonal" guitarist Paul Overby balances out Nevada's formlessness while the Observer's most capable freelancer, Michael Chamy, plays the Sinewave Generator to undermine any and all attempts at balance.

The band has had multiple drummer syndrome in the past, but they are currently backed by Boyd Dixon of Tame, Tame and Quiet. Boyd brings a more direct drumming style to the push and pull of Idi*Amin, and it's very entertaining to hear the band rise and fall between droning, complete chaos, and...rocking. Finally, all the musical contrasts are topped off by the loop-like saxophone work of Mike Forbes. His repetitive phrases and hypnotic melody shards dart around Idi*Amin's live eruptions and at times recall Philip Glass. And no, I'm not talking about the Kundun soundtrack. Honestly, a lot of Forbes' sax parts remind me of the opening sample on Devin the Dude's "I-Hi," and that's not a bad thing. And if you can't remember the complex names of any of Idi*Amin's improvisations, just request that they do their"microphone trick". It's a local legend.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the "microphone thing" is a "local legend"

!!!! I guess feedback is revolutionary!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Michael said...

iDi* Amin is glorious.

3:39 PM  
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3:42 PM  
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3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the best bands playing right now. amazing stuff

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of the best bands playing right now. amazing stuff
2:49 PM

Again, statements like this make me not want to check them out. SOunds like a statement a 17 year old would make.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

way to go iDi*amin!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and only a snot-nosed kid would use age as an insult -- big kids dont giveafuck... like slimshady

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Nevada.

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like nirvana


3:05 AM  
Anonymous iditheelder said...

Our first CD-r titled B.C.E., a gatefold (I think that's the term) with original artwork by Nevada, will be available on Saturday. It's a somewhat lo-fi compilation of home recordings, but we hope everybody enjoys the artistry ...

You will def. enjoy the packaging, it folds out four ways into one giant mini-poster sized work, with even a different illustration on the inside half.

Our myspace page has a shot of the original illustration along with some other posters Nevada has made ... and one track from the album, and a rough version of one other.

9:52 AM  

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