Monday, May 20, 2013

Broken Water ripped, locals held their own at Capsule

Posted By on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Broken Water guitarist Jon Hanna briefly takes over vocal duties.
  • Bobby Moore
  • Broken Water guitarist Jon Hanna briefly takes over vocal duties.

As good a show as you were going to find in the city two weekends ago was not in a typical venue. Instead, Olympia, Wash.'s Broken Water (Hardly Art), and locals Wymyns Prysyn and Dasher, forged an all-out assault at Capsule on May 11. While many were there to see the touring band, which backed up its hype with a solid set, the locals definitely held their own.

Wymyns Prysyn guitarist Andrew Wiggins leads his bands aural assault.
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  • Wymyns Prysyn guitarist Andrew Wiggins leads his band's aural assault.

Wymyns Prysyn guards the donation box.

Wymyns Prysyn, with its strongest lineup to date now that Bobby Michaud (Brain Flannel, Double Negative) is behind the drum kit, opened this show they helped orchestrate. With three solid seven-inches behind them and a tour around the corner, the band has both the momentum and the drive to keep its good fortunes going. They set the tone for a night of bands that are heavy enough to be considered punk, yet draw from a wider creative palette than the typical hardcore outfit.
There is no stage at Capsule, which keeps the difference between audience and performers at a house show minimum.
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  • There is no stage at Capsule, which keeps the distance between audience and performers at a house show level minimum.

Next was Broken Water's return to Atlanta. The Olympia, Wash. trio is breaking in a new bass player, but they didn't miss a lick. The group's driving, droning sound is dark yet, at times, pop accessible. Live, they are a relentless, heavy hitting attack led by guitarist and songwriter Jon Hanna and drummer and vocalist Kanako (pronounced like the gas station Conoco, as she likely points out at every tour stop) Pooknyw. The finesse of her vocals contrasted, yet blended well, with her comparably furious drumming. Hardly anyone felt the need to smoke outside or look at art in the adjoining room, as Broken Water had the modest sized crowd's full attention throughout its entire set.
Jon straightens out his pedal situation.

Kylee Kimbrough and Dasher held their own when tackling the unenviable task of following Broken Waters set.
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  • Kylee Kimbrough and Dasher held their own when tackling the unenviable task of following Broken Water's set.

If finding one good, hard-hitting band with a singing drummer is a rarity nowadays, then seeing two bands in a row that ripped and had female drummers handling vocals is like winning some type of cosmic punk lottery. Dasher's Kylee Kimbrough slammed her drum sticks and screamed vocals in a fit of controlled fury. Guitarist Jon Allinson (Abby Go Go, Ominous Castle) and bassist Ian Deaton, from too many good bands to pick just two, may have both had a plethora of effects pedals at their disposal, but they kept experimentation at a minimum with a full on post-punk attack at maximum volume. Kimbrough's very last drum smash broke a stick, symbolizing how everything held together long enough for her to pound through a memorable set.

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