Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nightmares Tour Update 08

Greetings from some random gigantic house in Oberlin, Ohio. Last night's show was pretty intense on multiple levels, but let us just start with the venue. Fairchild Chapel looks like a medieval chapel that was connected to a castle in England. One immediately gets the sense that this is no ordinary noise show - but Nightmares are not a noise band, so...After a delay due to a PA problem and a scramble to replace it, elentless Corpse were up first. Expanded to a five-piece, with David Russell back in the fold, the group built up a thick black cloud of sound using synth, electronics, and David's table of curiosities, sending violent demons up into the heavy timber roof supports. Heavy! Aaron Dilloway and Robert Turman were up next, and with Aaron at a table with his synth and Robert at the pulpit with his gear, the two worked in near darkness, illuminated by flashlight and not much else, casting gigantic shadows onthe walls of the alter. Over Aaron's analog base, Robert played majestic and distorted sounds that resembled altered classical or religious music, which could not have been better suited to the space. Amazing set! So cool to finally see/here this much-talked-about collaboration in action. After a quick switch-over, we played four pieces, again in complete darkness and illuminated by our trio of red lights. I have to think that we struck our best balance yet of atmosphere and power, organic and structured passages, and the ideal interplay of our three "voices." I wish we had a bigger crowd to see it but we had good representation from Cleveland, and the winner of the long distance drive award, thus far, as our friend Elliot came in all the way from Pittsburgh. Aside from simply playing with David and Jonathan each night, it has been extremely gratifying (and humbling) to learn that people are driving one, two, three, even four hours to come see us play. Thanks to Kurt from the Modern Music Guild for organizing the show and getting us situated last night. Thanks to Aaron for the support with everything along the way, as well as for the nice get-together with the family at their beautiful new house...and to Aaron and Robert for joining the show. Thanks to the Relentless dudes for being a part of things and for helping to insure that it was such a fun night. Thanks also to Thursday Club for documenting the night and to our Clevend and Oberlin friends for supporting. Off to breakfast in a bit and then to Detroit for a dinner meet-up with the full family up there... What!?! Table for 20?!? Can't wait...