Saw Sunn0))), the minimal metal band, last night. Last Sunday there was a huge article about them in the NY Times which I suspect might dash my hopes for them joining the lineup for one of the nights at Carnegie Hall I’m curating next Feb. But who knows? I expected a sell out last night as a result of that article, but I guess the Times demographic and the audience for extremely loud minimal metal has a small overlap. I can see the Venn diagram in my mind.
The opening act, Boris, was similar to SunnO))), though much less rigorous in their minimalism and visual presentation. Some prefer their less extreme approach.
Well, it’s not the sort of music you go home humming to yourself. It’s a sensory assault — intense and strangely pleasurable (I wore earplugs). Most of all, it’s theater, well conceived and beautifully executed — and in perfect context (this club venue was a former church). It is also deeply ritualistic.