The duo of Joshua Frank (Bass) and Tom Ng (Guitar / Vocals) who form the trippy-blues band Gong Gong Gong, based in Beijing (China) releases the AA side single Siren / Something’s Happening on the 9th of November.
Gong Gong Gong
Stripping back the sounds until the skeleton is almost visible Gong Gong Gong deliver tracks which form a primordial presence in the room.
Siren (available on bandcamp) is a composition in which the percussive guitar slips and slides beneath the melodies of the bass and textured by the hazed vocal creating the mystical demeanour of their music.
Gong Gong Gong are currently touring in the USA.
25th– Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom w/ Parquet Courts
27th – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore w/ Parquet Courts
28th – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz w/ Parquet Courts
10/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville on w/ Eaters
10/19 – Queens, NY @ Outpost Artists Resources
30th – Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Flasher, Public Practice
3rd – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Flasher, Public Practice
4th – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout w/ Flasher, Public Practice
5th – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Flasher, Public Practice
12th – Patterson, NJ @ The Red Wheelbarrow w/ Flasher, Public Practice
It is a couple of years since the US alt-rock outfit Parquet Courts last featured.
Towards the end of last month Parquet Courts released their latest LP, the nine track Monastic Living.
As is their inimitable style, songs on the album range from forty five seconds to four hundred and seventy nine. The opener – No, No, No! runs for seventy one seconds of self parody. Uniquely, this is the only track, on Monastic Living with vocal as the LP finds Parquet Courts in a more experimental mood in a release that features few rock structures though plenty of expansive drone.
From Brooklyn in the USA we find Andrew Savage (Vocals / Guitar), Austin Brown (Guitar), Sean Yeaton (Bass) and Max Savage (Drums) also know as the new wave band Parquet Courts.
Harking back to the ’60s Parquet Courts seek to explore how the blocks fit together and more than that emerge with different patterns. I am sort of reminded of a Rubik’s Cube having been spliced and replaced – no matter how hard you try – there is no perfect settlement. A delight of discordance challenges the ears as guitars and vocals out of tune proffer a sound which for no reason makes perfect sense.
Wrapped up inside shiny wrappers you will find Parquet Courts as they throw out barbs to the world around them. This is music, challenging social mores in brief snippets, which hook or miss as they dart out. For me the wild guitars snarling across the landscape make for a paragraph which makes perfect sense. Around it all sits a vocal diatribe of invective, incised with percussion and bass, that drive the sounds to move the body of the audience in to a pogo – well I am knocking everything over as I attempt to write the review.
Music which tries to do nothing more than challenge the listener to take a look at their positioning always wins my vote. When it does in the concise format of a band who wrap much of it inside three minutes. Well, is it any surprise I recommend you take a moment or two to listen.