We are in a dark room in a nondescript building in St. Louis. As the lights fade in, we see 5 men sitting on a stage. They are HONUS HONUS, POW POW, CHANG WANG, TURKEY MOTH, and JEFFERSON. They all sit in silence, but this is broken when HONUS HONUS begins to tap his foot repetitively on the ground in a way so it is clear he is anxious about something. A pair of gold sequined slippers rest atop an amplifier; POW walks over to them, peers inside, and seeing nothing, retreats to his drum kit.
Three St. Louis local favorites plus one from Texas filled the Firebird to capacity with hungry fans Saturday night.
Like a fast-paced action montage, New York City-based, electronic rock group Battles' newest release, Gloss Drop, immerses the listener in a seemingly non-stop audio assault. The album will leave you wondering, "What are they making that sound with?"
Wednesday night proved manic at the Firebird. A barrage of openers spread the wild energy over three sets of not so dissimilar genres.