Mouth of the Architect
Whoa! Come to find out, Post-Metal/Sludge/Psychadelic/Trancecore (just made that one up) megaliths Mouth of the Architect are playing at one of my favorite bars in Indy, The Melody Inn, on March 31st. I’ll have just recovered from live-music overload at SXSW by then (check for update ’bout that after this) and I’m STILL more psyched to see Mouth of the Architect live than any band that’s lined up thus far in Austin. In fact, they literally top my “List of Bands to See Live” list because they’re just so freaking awesome that I want to break things and break my neck off headbanging. Also excited to see how they’ll all fit on that tiny stage. I’ve played on that stage with a smaller band and I was still cramped. Lastly, if you boys in MOTA and you need a place to crash, shoot me an email.
So here’s the skinny on Mouth of the Architect. First: They’re called Mouth of the Architect. I don’t know where that name comes from and it’s just odd enough that I don’t want to venture a guess. I don’t even care though because they rock. Second: They rock. Opuses upon opuses of beautiful, lethargic, overdriven heavy post-metal (that even post-rockers can appreciate). I listened to the track, “The Worm” with my dad and even he thought the first three-and-a-half minutes were cool. And my dad, while being a pretty cool dude, is not hip. Thirdly: In an age where bands think it’s cool to find four cool sounding chordes and play them to excess and call the song epic, these guys manage to switch it up often enough without breaking the groove, can time a climax like they were porn-stars, and, hark, sometimes work in a fifth chord to that four-chord tyranny.
So, post-anything can be a hard genre to crack. Understandably. It’s music that takes investment- if only of your time. More often that not it takes an appreciation of patience, of the holistic nature of a song, and moreover, of screaming and/or loudness. Totally cool if that’s not your bag of tea. However, if you can appreciate screaming as not a hallmark of metal but as another form of vocalism (dude, think Mongollian throat singing!) and are willing to give into a 10-minute track, then Mouth of the Architect are about as good as you can get. Isis has let us down with their watered down tunes full of faux-philosophy and delay pedals. Pelican seemingly tried to be radio-friendly with their 3.5 minute songs. And Mogwai hasn’t released a +10minute track since Young Team (I’m not counting My Father My King because that was a waste of my unemployed wallet’s $10). And, it makes me weep, but Godspeed You! Black Emperor is dead.
If you’re in Indy, it’s $10 before-hand and $12 at the door. I imagine that this will sell out since they’re opening for Relapse semi-heavyweights “Today is the Day”, who is also really good if you imagine a really pissed off Sonic Youth with longer hair, lace-up boots, and really pissed off (did I say that twice?).
Email me if you’re going and I’ll buy you a PBR tallboy for being so awesome as to enjoying Mouth of the Architect.
Also, do yourself a favor and make yourself a fan (if for nothing more than a PBR) by downloading the below track.
DOWNLOAD | No One Wished to Settle Here
This entry was posted on February 6, 2008 by Justin Keller. It was filed under concerts, download, melody inn, Mouth of the Architect, post-metal, post-rock, relapse, sludge, today is the day, translation lost .