Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New noise from Carmen and Eel Pie

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

  • Dan Wakefield
  • Carmen
Carmen is a new group featuring a handful of locals, including Carnivores' Philip Frobos (vocals), Frankie Broyles of Deerhunter (guitar), Amanda Morelli (bass), and frequent Crib Notes contributor/drummer in too many bands to name Billy Mitchell coming together for a haphazard gig when not wrapped up in their various other endeavors.

The group's first offering, "She Cut Her Hair Off," is a distant pop number that veers toward Carnivores territory, which makes sense, as Frobos wrote the majority of the song. But there aren't too many layers at work here. "She Cut Her Hair Off" is a simmering and eccentric drift of psychedelic and post-indie rock tones - a paisley lament, where the foundation rests on a simple structure that's imbued with slightly exotic flourishes, just enough to hint at something deeper lying below the surface.

The Star
  • The Star

Eel Pie, which is essentially a hard rock spin-off from Noot D' Noot, led by Mathis Hunter and Ben Coleman, also recently unveiled a new number, sort of. It's a short bit of improv that's simply titled "The Star."

This one is the second entry for a series in which the group draws a card from the Major Arcana of the Tarot of the Old Path, and then bases the songs theme around what they pulled from the deck.

Strangely enough, Eel Pie and Carmen are playing a show together at the Star Bar on Thursday, March 29. If you'll notice, the show falls one year to the day (one year + a day to be exact) from when Hunter's former group the Rinse pulled the Illusion card and played a show at the Star Bar. Frobos and Broyles opened for that show as well, and apparently, the timing of this Thursday's show was not planned. "We were going to pull cards out for every time we played a show, then the Rinse disbanded, then Eel Pie formed ... It all took one year," Hunter explains.

Is this a good omen?

Carmen, Eel Pie, Hellier & Ulysses, and Factory play the Star Bar on Thurs., March 28. Free. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.

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