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AA Bondy can't sing louder than you can talk

Posted By on Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM

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AA Bondy
Aug. 12, Sticky Fingerz

I've never been one to preach decorum at a rock concert. Especially at a club. Those standing shouldn't have to move for those seated. Crazy dancing, super fans who pantomime lyrics, off-key drunken sing-alongers—it's all part of it.

So is talking. People pay to see music, but also for the privilege of drinking with friends, which invariably involves gabbing loudly. But generally even the drunkest of crowds understands to keep the talk-yelling to a minimum near the stage.

Not last night. Even within a few of the stage, people were hollering to each other during the music. Which made Bondy, whose songs are often little more than gentle guitar strums and a whisper of voice, all but impossible to hear.

Too bad, because what I could hear was pretty good. Sort of like Cat Power for dudes. Bondy's got a spooky voice that stays drenched in reverb and a backing band (a percussionist/lap steel player and a bassist/keyboardist) that stays in the pocket. And he's got a predilection, which I wouldn't have guessed from listening to "When the Devil's Loose," for effects-pedal trickery. Loops and distortion mainly. The keyboard, lap steel and looped, distorted guitar all came together to make sweet noise near the end of the set.

I remember it being silent then, but I think that was just one of the rare times I managed to tune out the gabbin'.

Good crowd in terms of numbers. Bondy seemed genuinely surprised.

Gerard Matthews took some video that you can check out on the jump.




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