Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Golden Sores in The Reader

From the Chicago Reader (for the complete article)

Local Release Roundup
The sludgy sounds of Mayor Daley, a fragment of a lost soul masterpiece, and more

By Miles Raymer

July 9, 2009

GOLDEN SORES | A Peaceable Kingdom | (Bloodlust!)
The Golden Sores' page at


In a note he sent me with my copy of A Peaceable Kingdom, Steve Fors of the Golden Sores describes his duo with Chris Miller as an “ecstatic drone band.” How much sense that makes probably depends equally on which definition of ecstatic you’re using and your serotonin levels. If you’re imagining a noise version of the Polyphonic Spree, try again—this is more like watching the thin scrim of reality torn to shreds in front of your eyes, soundtracked by a pile of electronics and amps. “The Awful Rowing Toward God,” named after a collection of Anne Sexton’s poetry, combines sheets of harsh, granular electronic noise and swooping howls of guitar feedback to evoke a divinely inspired vision with an inconceivably unhappy ending. But on the next track, aptly titled “Klonopin,” the Golden Sores sound much more mellow: clean, sustained tones and washes of delay ebb and flow tidally, creating a subtly dynamic drone.

Cadaver in Drag, Anal Hearse, Neil Jendon, Golden Sores
Fri 7/10, 10:30 PM, Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western, 773-296-6024, $7.