The duo, which features Randy Randall on guitar and Dean Spunt on drums and vocals, has been together since 2005 and it seems suited to their nature that their first gig was an art show.
The group is well-known for the art of their releases as well as their music. Early in their career, five limited edition singles, released at the same time on five different labels, spelled the band's name. Once they moved to Sub Pop Records, their album "Nouns," which came with a 64-page book of art and photographs, was nominated for a Grammy for design and packaging.
The sound of these two songs from their new album, "An Object," is spare, as would be true of guitar and drums and vocals, but the duo seems to demand that each album differs from their prior releases in both sound and art. This is truly a group that refuses to be categorized, and that is a very cool thing.
All photos by Louis Kwok