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Show review: Black Guys/Pinkeye/Roñoso


The best kind of show.


, house shows are the most unique and memorable events there are. You’ll usually find a DIY attitude, a sense of danger (the cops often make cameos, especially at new venues), tight quarters and interesting people.  This gig had it all...except for the cops.  The place was down near Yale and Kathryn, an unassuming little place with a real artsy side.  Sculptures and paintings decorated the large backyard, cool photos hung on the walls, and antique cameras adorned the bookshelves.  The music didn’t start ‘til around eight so everyone got into the mood by drinking and being merry around the outdoor fire pit.


Grindecore thrashers Roñoso set up first in the living room, but unfortunately the drum kit blocked off the only bathroom.  This meant there was no access to valuable makeshift-TP-earplugs, and boy were they needed.  It wasn’t too loud, the earplugs were needed for that other reason.  Actually there were some otherworldly textured guitar tones, but those were only really able to savored during sound check, the rest of the set was too fast to let them ring out. 


Next up were local noise-gurus Black Guys.  The duo set up several smaller amplifiers in the narrow side room, and prepared to conjure up some dark magic.  One of the great things about Black Guys is that they change setup and sound often.  This time, there was a surprise beginning, with a recording of Judas Priest being played though the distorted rig.  This soon turned into the group’s own oscillating, harsh brand of noise.  They performed instrument-less, with pedals (including some light-activated ones) making the majority of the sound.  And what a sound!  The thick, dual-controlled noise was thick and layered with spackled static and emergent melodies.  It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but you should really check them out live to find out if it’s yours.


Finishing off the evening were local newcomers Pinkeye, who performed alongside some cool 16mm film projections.  This was only their third show but it’s already clear that they’ll be worth watching in the months to come.  The band has a great energy, and they wear their early indie-rock influences on their flannel sleeves; you’ll hear echoes of Lonesome Crowded West-era Modest Mouse, crossed with the song structure of Built to Spill and hoarsely-screamed (unamplified!) Mountain Goats-style vocals.  If any of those bands tickle your fancy, then you really need to check out Pinkeye.  No one else making this kind of music in
New Mexico right now.

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