To celebrate The Conformists‘ 15-year anniversary, and Mike Benker’s last show with the band, Spelling Bee performed music at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, IL. The event took place on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.
Spelling Bee is a Saint Louis based post-punk/psychedelic/noise rock musical group. They drove their little car up to Chicago and delivered a huge sound. As if a tornado erupted from a ceiling fan, Spelling Bee blasted out a devastating assault of guitar and drums, and had a few running for the basement. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below, including an encore which the band was forced to play after the crowd would not let the two off the stage. It is surely something to see!
Gothamist: “It just seems from my perspective that there aren’t many bands that are making dark or ugly music anymore.”
Steve Albini: “Well, it sort of depends on the idiom really. There’s a lot of sort of grungy metal and punk stuff where every single band is trying to make aggressive music.”
Gothamist: “Yeah, I guess I’m referring more to the…”
Steve Albini: “Bands that play at the clubs you go to.”
Steve Albini is at his quotable best in this interview over at The Gothamist blog, in which he shares his always smirk-inducing opinions on New York City, the asinine Odd Future dustup (“It was a message board thread about Odd Future and I happened to have an anecdote about them so I share my anecdote and what passes for Journalism these days is repeating things that other people link to you on Twitter so that’s what it boils down to”), and his interactions with mainstream popular music:
I’m an exceptionally lucky man in that I’ve never heard a note of Lady Gaga’s music and you could sit her on my lap and I wouldn’t recognize her. I know that she’s a cultural force at the moment but I’m quite satisfied in having dodged that one. It’s like a truck drove by spraying shit from a nozzle over the entire neighborhood and I happened to be under an awning. You know?