AlasNoAxis @ Public Assembly, Williamsburg
The first band in the triple bill featured Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Andrew D’Angelo on alto, Chris Speed on tenor, Peter Evans on trumpet, Jim Black on drums – line-up pretty close to AlasNoAxis, but this band sounded much more heavy – Hilmar Jensson and Jim Black holding a thick heavy groove and the horns burning on top of it most of the time. It was a good band, no doubt, but I guess I’m one of those new age people who feel heavy metal is bad for my system . Didn’t hear much of the second band (guitar-violin duo), because went to check out Zebulon a couple of blocks away. What I heard there for the 5 seconds I dared to go in for was quite horrible. Some avantgarde saxophone duo hitting the highest notes possible – that was pretty scary ( I’m sure it was all great in the context, of course). Actually Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas band was supposed to play there but they planned to start a little later – exactly the same time as AlasNoAxis at Public Assembly, just to make people choose, I guess .
But AlasNoAxis (Jim Black on drums, Chris Speed on tenor, Hilmar Jensson on guitar, Skuli Sverisson on bass) was great, very interesting music (they have a new album out). And Public Assembly really does have good sound, just as they keep saying, but once again, better to bring along some earplugs.