When we caught Marriages back in July, it was in broad daylight. We told ourselves that the next time would have to be in the dark of a club because their sound is meant for it. This time around at Los Globos, the trio eschewed the stage for the floor setting up their gear facing each other at three points in a triangular fashion, appearing almost ritualistic. With the stage lights removed, all that lit up the main space were two work lamps laying on the floor between equipment. Wasting no time, Emma Ruth Rundle’s gloomy guitar quickly bursted throughout the room. Amidst sharp, searing riffs cutting through her haunting vocals was bassist Greg Burns’ fuzzed reverb frenzy and drummer Andrew Clinco’s heavy beat. Seeing them play songs from their new album Salome (Sargent House)—a dark, post-rock gem released this spring—it was as if a new dark expanse had opened up and swallowed us whole.
Creepoid went on before Marriages, but only after quite the delay (set times were constantly pushed back throughout the night). Like a destruction crew, Anna and Patrick Troxell, Sean Miller, and Nick Kulp stormed the stage with an onslaught of heavy riffs and deafening bass. They threw down songs off their new LP Cemetery Highrise Slum (Collect Records) released earlier this summer, which we preferred—”American Smile” is one of those tracks we keep on repeat. However, listening to Creepoid is a way different experience than seeing Creepoid. Sharing vocal duties with Sean, Anna takes center stage with her chaotic stomping and thrashing, at one point even laying on the ground with her legs kicking up in the air. All of this ended with the band tossing their instruments across the stage in a raging frenzy, nearly destroying it all.
All images copyright © James Juarez (Taken on August 13, 2015).