By now, you should know the drill. We’ve been having musicians from across metal’s grand spectrum pen brief guest columns for us on a number of engaging topics: must-read books, must-see films, and bands you may not know but absolutely should.
Today’s column was written by Ides Of Gemini‘s Kelly Johnston-Gibson.
Ides of Gemini played with Severe while on tour in the EU. We were billed often with stoner rock and typical doom bands, who were all great, but stuff I can easily burn out on night after night. When we were done with our set in Liege, Brussels, I got a much needed breath of fresh (rancid) air from watching these maniacs.
Whereas some bands tend to fabricate a presence of savagery or come with some relative pretentiousness, these guys had authentic, primal dark energy; unaffected and fully unleashed. It was exhilarating to see them live.
Lately I have been revisiting the musical tastes of a younger version of myself — the mid-90’s Kelly, skipping school to travel around the tri-state area of the midwest and see my favorite obscure bands. If I saw these guys on a bill, I would drive — a hundred or so miles if I had to — to experience them live.
I’m a sucker for heavy music that blends metal, punk and prog; bands that feel unhinged, experimental and pretty much psychotic…and these guys brought just that. They were among the midwestern influences that inspired me with well-exectured unusual rhythmic structures while maintaining a feeling of reckless abandon and a sense of unpredictability live, similar to the Jesus Lizard or the lesser-known band Shorty (Skin Graft).
(I can’t find another free online format with this song on it, so check out some insects, strawberries and someone’s personal vacation photos while listening to one of the best early Craw tracks.)
I love bands that offer a presence of great heaviness and darkness without utilizing all the typical elements of metal music. This French-Canadian duo manages to transport me to the underworld via primal hypnotic female vocals — with a tinge of Grace Slick — and minimal, noisy instrumentation.
Obviously, as a member of Ides of Gemini, I have a penchant for heavy minimalism, so these two own a special place in the shadowy corners of my heart.
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