Monday, February 05, 2007

Quick Recap: The Angelus, The Frenz, Great Tyrant @ Doublewide

After we watched The Great Tyrant shatter eardrums and hurt feelings at Art Prostitute last month, we vowed to make every effort to see them the next time they played a show anywhere in Dallas. And apparently, a lot of other people made themselves similar promises. The band's well attended opening set at Doublewide on Saturday confirmed that they are indeed one of the most brutally powerful and exciting live acts in Dallas, Denton or Ft. Worth at the moment, packing punches of sprawling, theatrical doom noise accompanied by the kind of technical skill and precision that comparable bands usually don't even need in order to get the job done. In front of a simple yet effective set of visuals, the band coated the room with an oozing, angry syrup of noise that took cues from drone metal and early goth infused with a nervous psychedelic abandon that made the entire experience hypnotic and unpredictable. Daron Beck's soaring vocals, seemingly influenced by soul as much as Scott Walker, Nick Cave or Peter Murphy, sat front and center as Tommy Atkins' flawless basslines played off the mind blowing drumming of Jon Teague, creating a menacing rhythmic assault underneath the layers of foggy noise that combine and clash with one another to take the band to the next level in terms of both performance and composition. The overwhelming heaviness of their music is certainly what will draw most listeners at first, but as you step back and start to notice the details and sophisticated structures that the Great Tyrant uses to create what initially comes across as chaos, the possibilities seem endless, and the band's growing local notoriety certainly seems well deserved.

One of the things we laugh about around here is how we're accused of kissing Wanz' ass and showering everything he does with praise when the fact of the matter is that we've honestly been less than impressed with most of the live performances we've seen from him over the past year. Sure, just about every project he has been involved with has had great potential (as well as a fair share of brilliant moments), but repeated technical difficulties and passages of seemingly unnecessary self indulgence have often turned Wanz Dover shows into less than thrilling experiences for us. As his new band The Frenz took the stage at Doublewide on Saturday, the place had filled up pretty close to capacity with what seemed to be Wanz' built in crowd, and happily, those in attendance were treated to what was probably the most completely realized and intriguing music that Wanz has played since we started writing this blog. Kicking off the set with several long, mesmerizing electronic tracks that sounded heavily influenced by German minimalist house and dubstep with overtones of shoegaze and Boards of Canada styled IDM, The Frenz set the bar quite high early on. Wanz' vocals (which reminded us of Danzig quite a bit) were typically understated and well delivered throughout, showcasing a notable strong suit, while the band's highly layered instrumental passages were delivered quite effectively with the excellent drumming of Guyton Sanders keeping focus and standing out as a highlight. The set seemed to falter a bit at the end (after an excellent Can cover) as the live instrument-centered songs didn't carry the same weight and immediacy as the electro tracks, but it was clear that Wanz has put together an excellent new project with the kind of skilled musicians that might help give it the staying power it needs.

Although we didn't get to catch all of what seemed to be a typically enjoyable set from the Angelus, what we witnessed was indeed a truly solid local bill featuring bands that manage to take risks without being reckless, which is a rare treat no matter where you happen to live.

45 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh damn. thanks for the review. I am very very intrigued now about great tyrant. Makes me regret not having cloned myself yet, since I was already sparklehorsing and high tailing to rgrs that night. shit! shit! shit! paperchase-no matter how often or not that see them, I always get totally pumped like it was the first time. so good! and ps, sparklehorse's set wasn't boring at ALL like some of you said. it was actually so good, that it flew by.

was that set really only like 50 minutes?!

schmancy

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh damn. thanks for the review. I am very very intrigued now about great tyrant. Makes me regret not having cloned myself yet, since I was already sparklehorsing and high tailing to rgrs that night. shit! shit! shit! paperchase-no matter how often or not that see them, I always get totally pumped like it was the first time. so good! and ps, sparklehorse's set wasn't boring at ALL like some of you said. it was actually so good, that it flew by.

was that set really only like 50 minutes?!

schmancy

12:04 PM  
Anonymous justin said...

i was indeed an awe-inspiring evening. one of the better times i've had at a local show in recent memory.

12:09 PM  
Blogger laji888777 said...

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12:22 PM  
Anonymous Wanz said...

I felt honored to be a part of this awesome bill.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please don't clone yourself. one is enough.

1:22 PM  
Blogger joshbaish said...

Sorry to jack your blog, WSJR.
I'm just trying to get the werd about our shows out...
Hope you don't mind.

Upcoming @ RGRS:


!!!TONIGHT!!!
Mon Feb 5 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
RGRS: DEATH TO FALSE METAL
$2 Budweiser/ Jagermeister/ Jack Daniels/ Blacktooth Grin
- All metal, all night!
- No cover!


The rest of the week:


Tue Feb 6 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
THE CLUB IS OPEN.
No cover/ Cheap drinks/ Good times.

Wed Feb 7 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
THE CLUB IS OPEN.
No cover/ Cheap drinks/ Good times.

Thu Feb 8 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Vick Aben and the Neptunes
enemies
The New Science Projects
Mad Scientists

Fri Feb 9 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Bob White and the F-Electrics
Ghost of Ria
Deep Snapper

Sat Feb 10 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
They Were Stars
Lindby


...and upcoming:


Mon Feb 12 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
RGRS: DEATH TO FALSE METAL
$2 Budweiser/ Jagermeister/ Jack Daniels/ Blacktooth Grin

Tue Feb 13 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
THE CLUB IS OPEN.
No cover/ Cheap drinks/ Good times.

Wed Feb 14 (Doors open at 9pm; free)
Sticky Buns
Guest DJ's TBA

Thu Feb 15 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Eat Averys Bones
The Heart Rapers
Koji Kondo
MC Router

Fri Feb 16 (Doors open at 9pm; $6)
Shaolin Death Squad
Mugzu (last show ever!)
Knee Pad
The Timeline Post

Sat Feb 17 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Saboteur
Thorn vs. Side
A New Tomorrow
Civilian Outbreak

Mon Feb 19 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
RGRS: DEATH TO FALSE METAL
$2 Budweiser/ Jagermeister/ Jack Daniels/ Blacktooth Grin

Tue Feb 20 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
THE CLUB IS OPEN.
No cover/ Cheap drinks/ Good times.

Wed Feb 21 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
The Night Game Cult
OVEO
Farah Holly

Thu Feb 22 (Doors open at 9pm; $2)
The Two Dollar Brawler Tour Presents:
Ligeia
Burn in Silence
The Handshake Murders
Apiary

Fri Feb 23 (Doors open at 9pm; $7)
ELECTROSHOCK 1: Rise of the Robotnicks! with:
LAZER
girlsrisewithheat
plid
Sydney Confirm, and Alex Atchley

Sat Feb 24 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Divided Like a Saints
Nathan Browningham
A Childlike Fear

Mon Feb 26 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
RGRS: DEATH TO FALSE METAL
$2 Budweiser/ Jagermeister/ Jack Daniels/ Blacktooth Grin

Tue Feb 27 (Doors open at 10pm; free)
THE CLUB IS OPEN.
No cover/ Cheap drinks/ Good times.

Wed Feb 28 (Doors open at 9pm; free)
Sticky Buns
Guest DJ's TBA

Fri Mar 2 (Doors open at 10pm; $6)
Sarah Reddington - CD Release Party!
George Neal
Daniel Folmer
Chris Garver
The New Science Projects

Thu Mar 8 (Doors open at 9pm; $7)
The Howling Hex
Tame... Tame and Quiet

Sat Mar 10 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Raleigh - CD Release Party
B Minor Harmonic

Wed Mar 14 (Doors open at 9pm; $8)
Hella
Dirty Projectors
Who's Your Favorite Son God?

Thu Mar 15 (Doors open at 9pm; $8)
Green Milk from the Planet Orange
Akimbo

Fri Mar 16 (Doors open at 9pm; $6)
Lords
Dead Child (Dave Pajo from Slint, Papa M)

Fri Mar 23 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Hogpig - CD Release Show
Tre Orsi

Sat Mar 24 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
Antelope
Far Star

Fri Apr 6 (Doors open at 9pm; $6)
Fab Deuce
Richie Cuniing (San Francisco)
q'm (Santa Cruz)
Rob Rush (Santa Cruz)
Proe (Santa Cruz)

Sat Apr 14 (Doors open at 9pm; $5)
A Revolution of Kings
Roman Numerals
Engine Orchestra
Fordam

Thu May 10 (Doors open at 9pm; $10)
Frog Eyes


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danke.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous -zs- said...

Sat., FEB 24 @ SHQ, Denton
The Great Tyrant, the Zanzibar Snails, Harry Has a Head Like A Ping-Pong Ball

2:34 PM  
Blogger A Golden Owl Lung Box said...

fantastic show for both the Frenz and The Great Tyrant, Vitamin C was the highlight of the night, why the hype for Angelus? Angelus more like lame band w/ bells, Angelus was very boring and the crowd agreed. more than half the people who were in the front ducked out before song three even the peole who told me the Angelus were great. And for those that did feed me those lies. shame on you for leaving before I did.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RGRS-

Stop. That's fucking annoying.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's one thing to put a few days or even a week's worth of shows up, but not you're entire fucking calendar.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous thomas said...

it all sounds boring anyways. and whats with listing nights just the bar is open? come on rg, you be better than dat yo.?

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

angeDISSED

3:13 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

green milk and dirty projectors are good.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous THE CLUB IS OPEN. said...

whats a must go to show coming up?

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rgrs at least save it for the it list posts, this is a review jeez!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Angelus seemed sort of safe after Great Tyrant and The Frenz.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Daron Beck said...

Hey Wanz!
Sing "Blood & Tears"!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hella and the dirty projectors...will be a great show.

but it's bad time of year to ask what the ONE must see show will be, if you ask me.

too many to list!!!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh god... The "safe" thing again?

4:29 PM  
Anonymous thjo said...

well i meant short term. the best show coming to anywhere around here as far as im concerned is ravi shankar in austin. and also, i really cant wait to see daniel johnston. i just havent been to a show where i had no idea who anyone was but became pleasantly suprised in texas. except for hella. i got dragged to a need new body show and found hella to be a million times better. though even for them theres a time and place but i will most definetly be there when they play.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous schmancy said...

in that case, since you missed this last saturday's crazy bonanza, my hand picked choices of the month are:

2/9 baptist generals @ grenada
2/18 of montreal @ gypsy tea room

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Ed said...

I'm lookin' forward to that Frog Eyes show.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rubbergloves sux it.
doo-doo to wanz. forever.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

April 4, Explosions @ the Grenada

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gweat tywant huht mah feewings

8:54 PM  
Anonymous delmore said...

it should be noted that the feb 9th show is baptist generals AND the theater fire AND bosque brown AND doug burr

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 good reasons to stay home.
booooooring.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how can you consider baptist generals a must-see show?

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe because it might be another year before you catch it? and, they're a good band. duh.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/13 grenada:
BLACK ANGELS/WHITE GHOST SHIVERS/SHANGHAI 5/TAH DAH's at grenada on 2/13. A Hal Samples show.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Spellsy Grammar said...

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that it's actually called The Granada. Grenada is a small island nation in the Caribbean that the US invaded in 1983 against the wishes of the UK and others.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

daggum. I kept doing that too, huh? thanks for the correction (wholeheartedly...believe it or not).

fellow, spelling nazi.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who run Rubber Gloves, that being Heather and her alcoholic boyfriend, are FUCKING ASSHOLES! Always have been; always will be.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah but she has consecutive i's in her name!

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Frenz bill at the Doublwide was very intense. I thought the Angelus was great. I think we we're wrecked as an audience by the time The Angelus played.

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously can't stomach more than 3 bands on a bill :( I'm usually worn out by the end of second act and no matter how badass the headliner is I end up spending the remainder of their set hoping that THIS song is the last song

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You shouldn't go to shows then. You're probably just trying to fit in with some group, so you chose the rock club group. Maybe you should try the art bar group or the rockin' rodeo group. Or the fag group.

Kyle :-)

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. I'm just joshin' ya! ;-) I learned that line from Young Guns. Does that make me lame or what?!!

12:29 AM  
Anonymous y said...

i might just save my venue cash for feb 21st. subtle is playing austin again.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather and Brent are serioudly shady.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rgrs has always been shady

10:29 PM  
Anonymous M-. said...

Heather and Brett have always been really nice, supportive, and helpful whenever I've dealt with them.

5:18 PM  
Blogger kidko said...

Maybe I'm biased, but I thought the Angelus was even better than the first time I saw them, and I was floored at that show. Again, perhaps it's my bias from knowing the guys personally, but I think the band is pretty much genius.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

slim shady

9:28 PM  

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