Friday, January 23, 2009

Red Wire Black Wire, Bell, Hockey - Saturday at Pianos

Oft buzzed about Brooklyn group Red Wire Black Wire will be headlining a great bill this Saturday night at Pianos in NY. The fuzzed-out bass tones and high-end synths on RWBW's Compass EP assure the audience that they are indeed listening to dance music, yet, there is something darker and more melancholic about the melodies of these songs. Ultimately though, danceability wins out, with solid four-on-the-floor kick drum hits and throbbing bass lines.

Also on Saturday night's bill are newcomers and Capitol Records signees Hockey. Hockey also draw their tunes from the synth-heavy new wave pool, but they add more guitar while dialing back the thick bed of bass that RWBW employ. We've heard some good things about these kids, not to mention we also have the Center Ice Package at home. It's pretty much win-win here for us. Hockey play the Mercury Lounge tonight as well.

Rounding out this great evening are Brooklyn's Bell. Lead vocalist Olga Bell often draws comparisons to Bjork, but her songs are less jagged yet equally as charming. Laced with piano and gauzy electronics Bell's composistions manage to remain melodic while also keeping an experimental edge. Should be a great night of synths, gee-tars and pop tunes.

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