Monday, April 9th, 2018 // 7pm
at The Bunker
in Ybor City
Presented by The In-Between
In Sonitus Lux (Atlanta, GA)
Make That Door Make That Noise
Rest in Satin Silence
I arrived early enough to beat the afternoon rush hour traffic and not have to pay for parking behind the venue.
It costs $10 to park after 7pm in that lot.
What the HECK, ..typical Ybor though.
I ate a "Washington Turkey" sandwich with Granny Smith apples on it. I was S T U F F E D when I finished eating it.
Oh yeah Jen Sandwich was there along with Mullarkey and Kat, and we all ate sandwiches at the same table. But not Jen or her Sandwich. Jen is alive, I assure you we did not EAT HER UP like a bunch of FINE DUMB CANNIBALS.
The Bunker (officially "Tre Amici at the Bunker") is a coffee shop in Ybor that hosts various events, including punk shows, open mic nights, spoken word, graduation parties, satanic rituals, people playing board games, you name it.
I didn't drink their coffee this time around, I was already feeling high-strung enough.
The shows are cool and all, but what's even cooler is that there are chickens all over the place outside.
Opening the show was Mullarkey's solo improv experimental noise project Watchable Wildlife. The set consisted of them taping keys down on 2 different keyboards run through tiny amps, and then singing a song (from their more musical project Run-On Sunshine) through a modified telephone. They did not call Vicente's house.
At one point, Mullarkey threw an old zine of theirs from the 1990s. It fell on the floor and I picked it up to see what it was. "That's an old collectors item, Dylan!" They said. I might review it some other time. It features Bad Religion AND Wayne Kramer, and apparently Jello Biafra makes an "unofficial guest appearance."
Another highlight of that set
was people passing by looking in,
wondering just what the hell is going on.
A couple almost walked in
but they didn't
THEY HAD A DOG
DOGS AREN'T ALLOWED IN THE VENUE
UNLESS THEY HAPPEN TO BE SERVICE DOGS.
Up next was V/Cr, an improv collab set consisting of doot-doot saxamaphonist Christopher Moore (from Lakeland, and coming soon to a Wolf Eyes Instagram meme near you) and Vallam Bar'rett (The Tampa person who booked the whole dang shebang, daddy-o) on assorted electronics and synchronized TV.
Their set was very atmospheric and trippy and the television was playing a bunch of wigged out static that rhythmically synched up to the noise being played and let me tell ya, it was way cooler than anything on FOX NEWS or CNN or those scrambled porno channels you attempted to watch when everyone else was sleeping (we haven't woken up yet).
I had to leave at 9:30pm because I live in Lakeland and have to be at work by 11pm, but I did manage to catch Zillah (Rest in Satin Silence) soundcheck and snap a picture. He's been playing a lot of bass guitar lately.
In Sonitus Lux was the touring artist that the show was initially booked for, but apparently they never even showed up. I hope they're doing ok/staying outta trouble. In case you don't know: In Sonitus Lux is Serson (aka The Subliminator) from Atlanta, GA playing an instrument known as a hang, along with a touring collaborator playing a different instrument.
Earlier that day, while walking down 7th, a guy held up a red sign telling sinners of all sorts need to repent or some shit. He was staring at his phone. I thought this was hilarious and tried to take s picture with my own phone, but a car drove by verrrrrrrrry slllllllllllowwwwwwwwlllllllly, thus obstructing my view. And by the time it passed, the guy looked up from his phone and I wasn't able to get a silly photo taken of him stoically gazing at his phone.
I just got home from work and I think I'm gonna go to sleep now.
Happy Halloween, pilgrims.
Jen Sandwich reported on the same show in this photo essay.
I started recording "noise music" in early 2004, completely unaware of any "scenes" or other individuals doing this sort of thing. A lot of lo-fi recordings on a portable tape player, oftentimes guitar or bass feedback drone and delay.