FIVE Bands at Random Row Tonight!

March 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments · By

There’s a show at Random Row tonight which has ballooned into an impressive Five-Band Line-Up:

I’m really excited to finally catch the Armageddon Community RoundTable: it’s the cville synth noise supergroup featuring Adam and Jeff from Great Dads, Chris and John from Ultra Aesthetics, Scott from Myceum, Dylan from Rhythm Bandit, and I’m not even sure who else. It’s their second formal gig in town; I missed their first, so I’m quite psyched about hearing this one.

Sharing the bill is Buck Gooter, the notorious Harrisonburg duo; Billy tells me they have yet another new CD out (this must be their… sixth? seventh?) as well as a 3.5″ floppy disc single(!). I haven’t seen them in over a year, so it’ll be good to catch their patented brand of hypnotic badness again.

I’m also curious to see cville-based performance art / grindcore act Comparative Anatomy; was sad to miss their last set, but I’ve heard plenty of tales and I’m eager to see what it’s all about tonight.

There’s also two bands I’m not familiar with; Billy B has the scoop: Floating Colors hail from the northeastern side of the state. culpeper/fburg/etc area i believe. some kind of spacey jams […]  William Wesley hails from the mountains of southern VA. he’s been cranking out some awesomely distorted lo-fi poppy tapes for a few years now. It sounds like stuff that should be “popular” in the ‘scene” these days but probably better than the contemporary flavor […] So it’ll be an interesting night. What else is there to do on the sabbath?”

Sounds pretty sweet!  Five bucks, doors at 8pm.  Hopefully I’ll be able to see all or most of it before heading out for my 1am radio show… I may even end up doing some video stuff with ACRT if all goes as planned.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sir Puffers // Mar 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    We will show you we are not grind! We are not anything! If you get too close to me I will give you a free pin in a plastic egg. Chickenbaby will hug you with his muscles.

  • 2 James // Mar 21, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    sounds promising

  • 3 Holly M. // Mar 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Really great show last night. I thought both of the first two bands were really good, got to sit there and zone out to some great sounds on a Sunday. Very happy to see Comparative Anatomy yet again. Though they played two songs I’ve already seen live, I enjoyed it again. The new songs were great and the puppy song had an awesome ending. They’re probably my favorite Charlottesville band now. This was my first time seeing Buck Gooter, and I was also very happy with their performance. Lots of energy and a cool sound. I thought the projectors used for Floating Colors and Buck Gooter added a lot to the atmosphere too, so whoever that was good job!

  • 4 DaMasta // Mar 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Excellent show, love Random Row. Great noise, tunes, loved it. The first two acts were a little loud for me, but I like this kind of atmosphere so it was cool. First time seeing Comparative Anatomy. Wasn’t sure what to say at first but at the end I have to say I dig it. Very original. Koala guy was a little in your face but overall I thought it was solid. Their films were hilarious. Buck Gooter, seen them before, great show as usual.

  • 5 James // Mar 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    it’s a bit after-the-fact (I was computerless for a few days), but I’ve been asked to provide some thoughts on this show, so here goes:

    the Armageddon Community Roundtable started things off, with even more band members than advertised; with so many cooks in the kitchen, it’s really easy for things to devolve into an incoherent mess (i’ve seen it happen dozens of times, with HALF as many folks onstage) … but it’s pretty clear that ACRT have been rehearsing together pretty heavily, and they were able to focus their energies together in a mostly linear path; if anything, they overcorrected — trying to avoid stepping on each other’s toes, they sometimes left a void in the middle. But the overall effect was very nice, and it was cool to hear so many differing noise / synth styles applied with a sense of balance. I won’t hold my breath for the hope of them developing into a Sun Ra -esque ensemble of singular vision, but for now I’m just glad it wasn’t a mess.

    William Wesley, for whatever reason, was a no-show, so…

    Floating Colors were up next. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were a free-noise rock band, of the Mouthus / Skullflower / Kohoutek variety; but while their hearts were in the right place, unfortunately their skills rarely matched up. they over an hour racing back-and-forth across the runway without ever taking off. I was almost frustrated that they played for so long — except that every 15 minutes, I realized I was enjoying more than before. And at the end of the day, I’d still much rather see a bad noise-rock band than a bad bar-rock band.

    Comparative Anatomy then set up a giant banner in front of the stage, turned on the projection system overhead, and performed for the audience in their furry-animal costumes in the midst of the circle of couches on the floor. It’s true that they’re not really grindcore metal band, because… well, they’re not much a BAND at all, really — more of a performance / spectacle thing. Two band members played guitar&bass over a series of heavily programmed / overbearing barrage of drum-machine beats & sound effects. Believe it or not, I’ve seen a fair amoutn of that sort of thing, and it CAN be easily tiring, BUT… Comparative Anatomy actually won me over. Their twisted sense of humor was willing to go the extra mile to be legitimately amusing (they have a song about a “Swarm of Mummy Camels,” and another about a “Rattlesnake Cowboy” which are pretty indelibly twisted, yet conceptually sort-of brilliant — if nothing else, these guys are VERY accomplished at image-googling). Their only major drawback is that their set relies so much on pre-planned presentation (i.e., 80% of the work is just pressing “Play”) that it doesn’t allow for the fun energy and craziness of a live show, no matter how much the band member in the neon orange koala suit jumped and sweated on everyone. Still,it’d be fun to see them again, ideally in a smaller / more energetic setting.

    Had to leave for my radio show around the time Buck Gooter started up… too bad. Hopefully I’ll catch ’em again soon.