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Consequences of Sound

Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Light Moving (by Sandy Carson)

Consequences of Sound

Parish, Wednesday, March 13

The Parish was impressively packed all day for Consequence of Sound's second annual CoSigns party, not bad for a blog that thrives on its own modesty. It takes resonant prestige to welcome in a luminary like Thurston Moore. The indie-rock lifer's new band Chelsea Light Moving slops and stirs in the right places, with weary, blackened guitar curls and delirious bass, all wrapped in a welcoming, deliberate crunch. The Thermals careened through sprightly, white-hot, and deeply marketable pop-punk. The Portland, Ore., trio ought not to be taken for granted; few bands can claim such a dependable career, even fewer stage dive on the first show of the week. Vancouver's tremulous and powerful White Lung left burnt wreckage and uncomfortable faces in its wake, the free-show drinkers stunned by frontwoman Mish Way's enveloping siren. Hardcore should be served brutal and unflinching, and White Lung was eager to please. After a broken drum, Way casually retorted, "That's how you play drums. You don't just tap it like a little baby." Gulp. TEEN's caramelized vibes and Wampire's yippy pop quickly evaporated in the day-show doldrums, just not weighty enough. Go big or go home.

Artist / Band: Chelsea Light Moving | the Thermals | White Lung | Wampire | TEEN

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