February 25, 2005
I wish I had a bombastic movie trailer tag line to push Blonde Redhead's music. Like, "You will believe," because I hope you do. The NYC trio's purposefully undriven rock of lazy beats and repetitive progressions stunned the sold-out crowd at Twiropa Friday night. Though it's safe to say most were there to see headliner Interpol, the crowd was patient with Blonde Redhead's slowly blooming but ultimately gratifying dreamy Rock. It put me in a relaxed, pleasing trance at times, but at other moments the circular music annoyed me with its lack of direction. Blonde Redhead's music was catchy in a very subtle way. For most of the songs the hooks were hidden and obscured by the variety of sounds in the eye-drooping numbers. Vocals followed off-kilter rhythms that were driven by handclaps and wonderfully distracting pedal steel guitar melodies. The group was vocalist/pianist Kazu Makino, drummer Simone Pace, and guitarist/vocalist Amedeo Pace.
To replicate their overdubbed/layered album sound, Blonde Redhead used pre-programmed backing vocals and piano. The band's successful mix of weak electronic beats and wavy, watery guitar effects was displayed during "In Particular." Arms were loose at my sides, and it encouraged a deep sigh. Must have been the continuous but not obvious kick drum boom. It was and is a great song.
Amedeo's voice was pleasing, but the songs Makino sang were better. Her voice was angelic like so many others, but its vulnerability and troubled sigh-love set it apart.