The Dynamite Brothers with Pyramid at The Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, NC 8/23/03
I have seen a lot of good bands since I moved to Charlotte last year, but only two have really blown me away. The first was Pyramid (from Charlotte), and the second was The Dynamite Brothers (from Chapel Hill). I almost creamed my panties when I heard they were playing together at the Visulite Theater.
I saw Pyramid by accident last year, and I could not help but tell all my friends how fucking amazing they were ever since. In the course of one evening they turned me into a pathetic slobbering fanboy. You know those teenage girls who go crazy at Justin Timberlake concerts? Well thats me when it comes to Pyramid. Ok, not really, but its kind of similar.
The songs on Pyramids website dont do them justice at all. To truly appreciate them, you need to witness the experience in person. There are eight members, and they switch instruments so often that itll leave you dizzy. I cant even accurately describe their sound. Its this powerful, organic, cathartic, burning noise. Its a captivating dirge.
Anyway, all eight of them were there and arty movies were being projected onto a screen in the center of the stage. Even with the Visulites large performance area, there was still barely enough room for the band. The drummer and bass player were behind the movie screen, out of sight, simply because there was nowhere else for them to be. My only complaint is that with eight members and a movie playing, its almost too much to watch. Its sensory overload. Just watching all eight musicians play is dramatic enough--there was no need for the projected portion of the show.
I recognized a few of the songs from the last time I saw Pyramid, but I dont know any song titles. They didnt play any of the songs available on their website, which are the only songs I really know. Ive heard that theyre working on an album in their home studio, so Im really looking forward to that.
Following the Pyramid audio/visual experience is a feat that no local band could possibly pull off. The Dynamite Brothers tried, but its kind of like eating a plain hamburger right after you just finished a prime rib.
The Dynamite Brothers have this retro-rock thing going on, and play with tremendous energy. Im not usually a fan of singing drummers, but this guy is one charismatic motherfucker. Id pay money just to see him play the guitar and bass are just an added bonus. The band played well, but I liked them better the first time I saw them. I think the main problem tonight was the sound mix it was all drums and no guitar. Still, they put on a great show. One of these days, Im finally going to be motivated enough to buy their album.
Great venue, great bands, great show. Not much else to say.
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