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emcecil on 09/22/2011 at 03:00PM

WOMAN duz EUROPE

WOMAN at the Charleston by Paula RamirezI saw 'em explode once.  So did many others.  It was a sold-out show.  May of '09.  Opening for a reunited Chrome Cranks.  Glasslands: place is packed with good-time misanthropes ready for a prime piece.  Foursome lurks onstage, nary an introduction.  Ratchets volume up to red levels.  Volleys out waves of great, green ugly noise.  It laps at the shore of the crowd for all of four songs.  Then Ryan Skeleton Boy whips his bass at a wall, the other two gents drop their guitars, and drummer and all stalk to a dark corner offstage admist a glorious feedback serenade.

"I had people tell me that was our best show," says guitarist/vocalist Kristian Brenchley.  "It was a lotta fun."

Fun, sure.  Memorable, yeah.  Volatile, you bet.  A stellar display.

And an atypical one.  Because beyond premature explosions and mere volatility, the band is actually a sort of machine -- a black paisley mash of Aussie dark-day rock (Scientists, feedtime), '80s Midwestern knuckle-drag (Drunks with Guns, first Vertigo 45) and LES dirt (Pussy Galore).  Their din's bent by the metallic thud of Skeleton Boy's bass, tangled up in a caustic two-way guitar cacaphony of Brenchley and Brett Schultz, grounded -- but just barely -- by Alex Velasquez's thudding drum.  When they're not tossing instruments at concrete walls, when they're just as focused as they are loud and unhinged, WOMAN are probably one of the better bands in the NYC area.  Largely because they dare to keep this area scummy.  Or at least celebrate when it once was.

As evinced by "When the Wheel's Red," culled from their self-titled LP on Bang! Records (2009), this foursome means it.  And they're currently recording tracks for their follow-up album, which, judging from their live show, is going to be a good one.  

Speaking of the live show, these gents are heading to Yurp in October.  Be sure to catch 'em, because since vocalist/guitarist Schultz moved to Mexico City, they don't play as often as they once did.  There's no telling when they might finally explode for good.  Go forth:


10/11 - DNA Club / BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

10/12 - Le Violon Dingue / NANTES, FRANCE (w/ the Holy Soul from Sydney)

10/13 - Le Galion / LORIENT, FRANCE

10/14 - Mondo Bizarro / RENNES, FRANCE

10/15 - Le Novo Local / BORDEAUX, FRANCE

10/16 - Ibu Hots / VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN

10/18 - Les Instants Chavires / PARIS, FRANCE

10/19 - The Pits / KORTRIJK, BELGIUM

10/21 - White Trash Fast Food / BERLIN, GERMANY

10/22 - Powiekszenie / WARSAW, POLAND

10/24 - Bunkr Parukarka / PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

10/25 - Sedel / LUZERN, SWITZERLAND

10/26 - Bitte / MILAN, ITALY

10/27 - Lollipop Records / MARSEILLE, FRANCE & Le Mojomatic / MONTPELIER, FRANCE (w/ the Holy Soul)

10/28 - Moog Rocknroll Club / BARCELONA, SPAIN

10/29 - Nasti Club / MADRID, SPAIN

10/31 - Castanyasso Rock Festival / MONTBLANC, SPAIN (w/ the Holy Soul)

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