The band who call themselves The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol played a frenzied, totally psyched-out gig at the Dominion Tavern in 2010, and the sound of the show has travelled the spaceways to reach the here and now on grey vinyl. A mighty 9-member line-up go real deep… Essential for fans of Drone Rock Records.
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The important thing ‘Live 2010 Dominion Tavern’ teaches us is that there’s a Wakefield in Canada. Also, The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol are playing a fucking rock show, pal, and it’s about to go off: take the second side, where -- after a breathless, sweaty introduction from a man who tells you what bands all the members of the band are in, while swearing occasionally and talking up the wonders of community radio -- they break into a discordant mess of squealing guitar riffs. For this recording the band expanded their network to hold up some guest players, and the spirit of improvisation ends up pushing this record onwards.
TBWNIAS play a rowdy venue to a rowdy crowd, and they are, by the law invested in me by the rule of three, rowdy. Once the drum cymbals are done shimmering on opener “Sour Kraut” (aka you know, once the dust... once that is all well and settled), and the minute oscillating riffs have gotten their stead, the band enter into the rawest iteration of motorik they can, drums huge in the mix and screeching, noisy effects rejecting the locked rhythm in favour of a tempter-tantrum.
This record shows TBWNIAS at their most maximalist, cramming as many timbres into their psychedelic rhythms as possible: they prove that there’s room in a bar for guitars and fuzz and weird sounds to mingle like guests at a party. A party with drugs. They like drugs. They say so at one point. Yer standard psych fare, is this one, but hey, they’re having fun, a thing I can occasionally appreciate.
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