Whither indie? - Page 2

As Noise Pop turns 20, tracing sound from Overwhelming Colorfast to Young Prisms

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Indie upstarts Young Prisms

The precarious, ground-shifting nature of SF indie — so often fielding copy-cat accusations, so far from the so-called music industry centers — also touches Young Prisms, also reared in SF's bedroom communities yet looking to influences further afield, across the Atlantic, in the form of My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain. Like Colorfast, the outfit has also coped with its share of membership switcheroos: the title of debut Friends For Now might have foretold the departure of guitarist Jason Hendardy and the arrival of vocalist-guitarist Ashley Thomas, whose vocals along with vocalist-keyboardist Stephanie Hodapp's, pushes Prisms further toward the vaguely feminized, sonically diffuse space of the Cocteau Twins.

Songs like "Gone," off YP's upcoming second LP, In Between (Kanine), hinge on nursery rhyme-like vocal lines and a fluid wall of rhythm guitars against which a singular New Order-like guitar line dances. Guitars are used as pretty, pointillistic devices, seamlessly incorporated with washes of synth. People come and go, but here, sonic elements coexist in a more generalized, less personalized harmony, where lyrics are obscured and vocals are used as effects, rejecting the jolts — and listen-to-me force — of Reed's more intimate, ungainly urgency. Do the Prisms reflect a kind of indie progressiveness — an evolution from the punky and individualistic to the ambient and collective? For answers, revisit In Between in 15 years.

 

YOUNG PRISMS

With Melted Toys, Tambo Rays, Preteen

Weds/22, 7 p.m., $14

Cafe Du Nord

2170 Market, SF

(415) 861-5016

2012.noisepop.com

OVERWHELMING COLORFAST

With Oranger, Slouching Stars, Peppercorn

Sat/25, 8 p.m., $12

Bottom of the Hill

1233 17th St., SF

(415) 621-4455

2012.noisepop.com

Comments

hi kim i think more true is that leaving members of defunct OC joined Oranger and American Sensei became Oranger? OK?
I wrote 800 words of this here:
http://markweiss86.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/new-sensei-boogie/
Love you, Kimba-san.
Mark Weiss
in Palo Alto

Posted by Mark Weiss on Feb. 23, 2012 @ 11:36 am

Dude, if you are going to blaspheme a Saint at least spell her name like Martin Scorsese in "the last tempation of" whatever -- aight, Mary Magdalene unless you are trying to claim that you meant another mary like Hamburger Mary of Jim Carville's babymom.
But speaking of St. Mary of Moraga, there is a point guard on that team that sounds a little like Tracy Chapman, a lady lay lay (that is a Clapton reference not a statement about her virtue) and a heck of a Gael named Alexandra Carbonel hey that almost rhymes like Boots Riley double clicking that icon -- would wouldnt want to tap that?

(blas)Fame -- I want to burn forever!
Never apologize. Never surrender. Nice rack!

Posted by Mark Weiss on Feb. 23, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

so now you delete the message where I blaspheme a saint but print the part where I acknowledge it? huh?

Posted by Mark Weiss on Feb. 23, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

nice article kimberly. i'm sorry that you liked Overwhelming Colorfast so much. I assure you they suck just as much as Young Prisms (who i agree, do suck), but don't worry soon they will all be forgotten. Pretty much all bands with forgettable "not quite" names fade over time--there's just something about the character of their name-ers. I used to love a band called My Favorite way back when... it happens to all of us when we're young.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 09, 2012 @ 1:53 am

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