This evening at Great Scott brought together two local bands (Thief Thief, Young Adults) and two out-of-state bands (Vandelles, Ringo Deathstarr), with each one showcasing their own take on noise/noise-pop/shoegaze.
Thief Thief – TT is “two people pretending they are three”. While not as noisy as three other bands on the bill, they were still very loud and, indeed, turned out quite an entertaining set. Comparisons with Marnie Stern/Hella abound and they’re not too far off the mark.
Vandelles – As one might’ve guessed by their name, Vandelles play a combination of sunny 60s pop and noise (noise-pop, really), with two girls and two boys sharing the duties. I think that their set was an absolute highlight of the evening – plenty of melody, plenty of noise and plenty of good time.
Ringo Deathstarr – More noise-pop, this time out of Texas (not to mention that they’re one of the most talked about bands at the moment). RD lost me with some of the slow numbers and male vocals that sounded a bit like poor man’s version of J. Mascis, but otherwise they were incredible – and a lot of those bad feelings dissipiated anyway after they did a final noise jam together with members of Vandelles.
In my opinion, the evening’s first prize should go to Vandelles, whose blend of sunny pop and noise was absolutely astounding. In the end, though, it must be said that all four were/are equally amazing and they’re certainly worthy of further investigation.
Poster source: Songkick