Out With the (H)Old (Steady), In With the New: Disappears
The Hold Steady played in D.C. last night, but I wasn't there. Been there, seen that, wrote far, far too many words about it. Gotta keep things fresh. And since the Hold Steady had no new album to tour in support of and were already slipping into self-parody, freshness was not to be expected. So I skipped.
I feel good about that decision. Across the street at DC9, Disappears played eight or so songs of excellent psych-tinged drone rock. It was a succinct, no-nonsense 30-minute set (my favorite kind) that was right in my wheelhouse. It kept making me think of a more energetic Spacemen 3 covering Bowie's "Rebel Rebel." Or that Disappears clearly understands that "Waiting For the Man" is the pinnacle of rock-and-roll, and the best path to making good music is to simply use that song as your base and add some of your own touches.
So with Disappears you get one guitarist churning out some reverb-drenched power chords and vocals while the other adds some twinkling, trippy leads, the drummer locks in on one beat and stays with it for four minutes and the bassist supplies much of the melody. It hit the spot. Hit the little play button and take a listen below. (Embedded music on a music blog, now we've thought of everything!)
By David Malitz |
June 8, 2009; 6:27 PM ET
New (?) Smell
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