March 26th, 2012 | Published in Events
By Pete Roche
Staten Island garage rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars will hit the Grog Shop next Thursday, March 29th, for a double-bill with Omaha indie darlings Cursive.
Founded by singer-guitarist Joseph D’Agostino in 2007, the quartet took its name from an obscure reference to the dense, cerebral noise of the Velvet Underground. The band also includes Matthew Miller (drums), Matt Whipple (bass), and Brian Hamilton (keys).
Back in the 70s and 80s, musicians in search of new projects often connected vis-à-vis classified ads in trade publications like Melody Maker. But in a move that demonstrates the pervasiveness of technology even in underground music scenes, D’Agostino found his Cymbals siblings with a posting on Craigslist. The band’s self-released 2009 debut, Why There Are Mountains, was lauded as some that year’s best new music by Pitchfork Media, and positive word-of-mouth earned the quartet a supporting slot on tour with Flaming Lips.
Now signed to Barsuk Records, Cymbals dropped sophomore LP Lenses Alien last June to further critical acclaim. Produced by legendary studio engineer John Agnello, the disc is even darker, moodier—and more rewarding—than Mountains. Chalk part of the sonic shift to Agnello, who honed his chops with stars like Springsteen and Mellencamp in the 80s but applied his production techniques to alternative acts like Screaming Trees and Sonic Youth in the 90s.
But Lenses’ progressive excursions also owe to the band’s willingness to take risks. D’Agostino and Hamilton let their passages breathe, their edgy guitars and otherworldly keys washing over the thick rhythmic foundations lad by Whipple and Miller to create musical pastiches that engage the mind as much as well as the feet.
Having completed a round of shows at SXSW, Cymbals aim to get spacey on C-Town next week.
Cursive is touring behind its seventh album, I Am Gemini. The band features the classic 90s trio of Tim Kasher (guitar), Ted Stevens (guitar), and Matt Maginn (bass) along with Pat Newbery (keys) and Cully Symington (drums).
Cursive, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Conduit. March 29th at Grog Shop. $12 / $14 DOS. Doors at 7:30pm.