Monday, April 9, 2012

screen vinyl image: "night trip", & "we don't belong"

After taking out and listening to a Jesus and Mary Chain CD from the local library recently, I immediately thought of my favorite local band Screen Vinyl Image, who share some musical similarities with JMC. So, I decided to check out their web page, since it's been a while since I've seen or heard anything from them. To my pleasant surprise, they put out a new LP, in late 2011 called "Strange Behavior", and will also be playing a benefit for animals show at St. Stephen's Church (where I participated in last year's zinefest) in DC on the night of Saturday, April 24th. I love this band's live show, but I recommend bringing a set of earplugs, since they play loud.  So, I think I'm going to have to check this out since it's only five bucks, it's a benefit for animals, it's SVI live, and I'd like to own a copy of their latest CD (AND it's on a Saturday night, woohoo!). Above and below are a couple of samples (as well as a great review) from Strange Behavior, and they're sounding mighty good!

Leonard's Lair Reviews: Strange Behavior

Although they could claim to be a shoegazing act, Screen Vinyl Image operate at the harder edge of the genre. In fact, the duo of Kim and Jake Reid have amassed influences from 60s psychedelia, goth, post-punk and electronica on their latest album ‘Strange Behaviour’.

As a statement of intent, ‘We Don’t Belong’ is thoroughly convincing as soon as the powerful intro comes hurtling towards the speakers. It’s fast, effects-heavy and rather aggressive; the title alone speaks of their reluctance to be members of any particular scene. If anything, it resembles Killing Joke covering The Horrors. Elsewhere, the early work of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is recalled on the rockier ‘Revival’ and there are shades of a gothic New Order for the metronomic ‘Station 4′ .

‘New Visions’ has even drawn comparisons with Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’ and its easy to see why considering its elegant glacial melody and sense of doomed euphoria. The most unexpected and thrilling moment, though, occurs after four minutes of the bleak ‘Stay Asleep’ when a shuddering sub-bass instrumental coda kicks in and holds for a further four minutes.

What impresses most about Screen Vinyl Image is not so much the noise levels they generate as a duo but how dense and multi-layered that noise turns out to be. They aren’t related but this couple of Reids are making music their namesakes in The Jesus And Mary Chain would approve of.