Califone, Wooden Indian, Destruction Unit, North Brother Island - The Icehouse - 3/21/14

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Destruction Unit's set in the Silver Room at the Icehouse or a nuclear blast? Pretty much the same thing.

After Califone faded out, Destruction Unit plowed into their set full blast inside the adjacent Silver Room. The Tempe-based noise punks looked undeniably rock 'n' roll while the red lights blared off the reflective surfaces behind the stage, and the room filled with fog. Their set was just flat-out powerful as they brought the thunder to the Cathedral Room. They started loud, the stayed loud, and ended loud. The best adjective to describe their set, other then loud, would have to be jarring.

The volume went from a 15 down to a five following Destruction Unit's ear-punishing set when the chamber folk five-piece North Brother Island took over the vibe. After the energy was both furious and clamorous for Destruction Unit, it transformed into an eerie specter hovering above the crowd. The band played quiet and pretty songs of oddities and tragedies to the absolute peak of their abilities.

But almost as significant to their set as their own musicianship were the spectacular acoustics in the White Column room where they played. It is almost as if the band was just meant to be heard in that concrete room housed with beautiful acoustics. The ambiance of the dimly lit setting and the wonderful echoes of North Brother Island's sound almost made it feel like an out of body experience.

Critics Notebook:

Last Night: Califone, Wooden Indian, Destruction Unit, and North Brother Island at The Icehouse

Openers: Cherie Cherie and Los Puchos opened the night, while Wooden Indian played the last live set. Djentrification then took over the musical entertainment, doing what Djent does best: sending everyone home danced out, satisfied, and smiling.

Before the Show: I had Destruction Unit's record Deep Trip. I did not like it, so I sold it to Matt Spastic for $8.

After the Show: If anyone sees Button Struggler or Man Hands in the near future, tell Matt I want my record back.

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429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ

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