About Primavera Sound
jason on 07/16/2010 at 01:45PM
I hadn't seen Sic Alps since a show a couple summers back at Brooklyn's Death By Audio, which is a DIY venue that looks a little something like this:
Death By Audio has its own sound system, but Sic Alps didn't care. They brought their own, cuz that's how they do -- running everything through a big set of black and Orange amps, mixing in a touch of tasteful delay to create that distinctive Sic sound. It's a sound you may already be familiar with from their releases on myriad awesome labels (Slumberland, Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Important, Almost Ready, Drag City, the list goes on). If you've yet to hear these fine releases, you can check out "Message From the Law" on this FMA Sampler V2, and their amazing 2007 live session on Brian Turner's show (part of which appeared on a highly sought-after tape via Mike Donovan's own Folding Cassettes imprint). I've often heard Brian Turner speak of Sic Alps as exemplary of the new crop of DIY bands (Thee Oh Sees and Naked On The Vague among them) who shape sound entirely through their own equipment instead of depending upon outside forces.
Sic Alps sounded downright at home on the big festival stage at Primavera, pumped through gargantuan outdoor speakers like it was no big deal. The former two-piece of Mike Donovan (vocals/guitar) and Matt Harman (drums) are now joined by bassist Noel Von Harmonson, which helped round out their sound on classic Alps tunes like "Brill Building," "Bells (w/ Tremolo and Distortion)" "Stories" plus new jams, "Do You Want to Give $$" being one of my faves from the set. If you like these free sounds and want to give $$, the $ icon on Sic Alps FMA profile directs to their merch page but for some reason it only contains lyrics, nothing for sale...well I'm sure you can find stuff online thru Drag City, Siltbreeze etc, or find a new track, "Maddy / Riley" available on a new Amnesty International compilation called "PEACE" that with exclusive tracks by 180+ artists -- including Bonde Do Role, Dan Deacon, Steve Wynn, Vieux Farka Toure -- available for a donation of $5 or more (link).
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