Thursday, June 7, 2012

Photos: Pop. 1280 played 529 on Wed., June 6

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Pop. 1280 at 529
New York City noise-punk outfit Pop. 1280 played a show at 529 on June 6th, sandwiched between sets from locals the Ruination, Nung River, and Dasher.

The group put a melodic spin on the confrontational instincts of things like no wave and post-punk, dabbling in a quasi-industrial/goth plod, and subtly shocking imagery. Not too shocking, though, which is what saves the songs' grimy Orwellian tension as they touch on everything from their hometown's bedbug epidemic to a day on in the life on the grid. It's a bit of an elegant freak show, covered in spiky distortion, which is something that noise rock like this needs. And even though the songs tend to go on for a bit longer than your average noise, punk, et. al. dynamic, the end result is more of an extended dirge than a groove. It's dark, discomforting, and very bleak.

Pop. 1280 at 529
I saw these guys play a show in New York last summer at 285 Kent Ave. It was one of their first shows (if not the first show) with the current lineup. I thought it was good back then, but the last 20 days they've spent on the road have definitely sharpened things up for the group.

Sadly, the batteries in my camera died pretty early during the show, but I was able to shoot these two photos.

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