Nowns (Frederick)/Evil Sword (Philly)/Slow Groan (Baltimore) @ Guido’s – October 19, 2018

Nowns – One man project (guitar and vocals). Backing tracks with heavy hitting drums and dominating bass/synth parts keep everything pounding and on track as the rest is disjointed in a magical mangled noise fest. These backing tracks are clearly a painstaking programming process as they are every bit complex.

Straight up rock with a twist on unconventional guitar parts (think jangly indie pop). Dazed with lots of spacey sounds and high frequency guitar. A slightly whiny voice somehow stays in the constraints enough to sound like some sort of acid dream. The set ended on the coolest and absolute crazy version of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star. At least that’s what I think I heard… even with earplugs the buzzing becomes instilled in your ears.| LISTEN HERE |
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Evil Sword – The band was dressed in grey robes beforehand to disguise what was to come. An ominous backdrop with the silhouette of leafless trees and pointy prop fences set the mood. The show opened with a siren-like high pitch frequency to build suspense.

The members lurched down the guido’s hallway dressed in costumes: one featuring a giant monster head mask. The show began with a slam poetry like intro with creepy dialogue. Pots, pains and even a metal chain were thrown at the ground and slammed against each other in the most nonrhythmic fashion.

Demonic chants lock in to the most disjointed yet calculated drumbeat. Drums, trumpet and bass all played into the sound along with many unconventional percussion instruments (bells and more). The band mended punk with more complex math rocky basslines and drumbeats. Other instruments like whistles were used, seemingly anything was a perfect fit for their sound (even a small recorder or piccolo flute).Everyone was covered in some sort of creepy makeup (black and ashy, apocalyptic). This is a pure stage show and far from a gimmick. Dropping drumsticks purposefully and many other stage antics made for the most exciting live experience. Evil Sword was chaotic and wild fun. They are a must see.

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Slow Groan – Throat singing that elaborated on the classic sound you usually hear with lyrics full of comedy and introspective hilarity. Played an interesting two string electric instrument by sliding a bow like some sort of psychotic violin with more mid range. Every possible sound and genre that the normal person would find to be intolerable is simply an interesting and engaging mix as the act switches each song/dialogue bit.

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