Thursday, October 28, 2004

I'm never pleased, so take your shots.

Delegate - Modern Man - the hardcore scene gets the absolute worst rap. They're widely regarded as the meatheads of alternative music, known for mosh pits and loudness, for raucous shows, and confrontational attitudes. The perception couldn't be further off. The most open minded friends I have musically, are the folks that come, primarily, out of a hardcore punk background. The folks that listen to Refused, Zeke, The Blood Brothers, and Agnostic Front are also the ones who are totally unashamed to drive around blasting Donna Summer back to back with Wu-Tang, with a healthy dose of Interpol and NOFX in the changer. Though hardcore music is, somewhat justifiably, maligned for a lack of variety in the scene for the most part it's not, contrary to what many seem to believe, a reflection of any sort of lack of musical education or ability. Indeed, it seems that many of the most prolific musical innovators of the past 20 years came from just that scene. Ian Mackeye, Bob Mould, and countless others now drooled over by the wider indie community got started playing noisy, raw, fast and loud. Which brings me to Delegate. Daron Hollowell used to be the frontman of Four Hundred Years. A Hardcore band from Richmond VA, Four Hundred Years gained a pretty substantial following before breaking up a few years ago. And like so many before him, Hollowell went on and formed a new band. But it's nothing like you would expect from the guy that used to scream in front of a lot of noise (to the uninitiated). Nope. Instead, Hollowell went out and put together Delegate. The band released a self titled album, on a tour earlier this year (now sold out), and it's one of the most promising sets of demos I've heard all year. "Modern Man" is piano ballas at first - Hollowell crooning as the keys and some atmospheric guitar chords play out. And then, slowly, in comes the beat. Like a broken celphone, skittering through everything, a futurism is inserted at the heart of the song, the beats skittering slowly more and more out of control, everything becomes unhinged, and as the song reaches it's conclusion, anarchy breaks loose and the guitars are unleashed.

Delegate - Treason! - Church organs, video game bleeps, and a rhythym like the beat of a broken heart. Treason is a song for worship, and a song for despair. Guitars chime, vocals swoop in and out, and the drums pound with the fury of new loss. Like Interpol covering Leonard Cohen, there's something simultaneously trascendently sad and ass shakingly rhythmic here. A Britpop plea for an end to the chaos, straight from the heart of Virginia.

[Check out Delegate's website, and see them in a club near you!]

Some other quickie, NY-Centric notes:

Jin informs us: is giving away a pair of tickets to the sold-out November 11 show at Bowery Ballroom featuring The Arcade Fire, The Hidden Cameras and Dirty on Purpose(Ed. See Yesterdays Post). If you are not already signed up on the Dirty on Purpose email list, all you have to do is sign up through the band's website ( I will be sending out a special email through the band's mailing list with instructions on how to enter to win tickets. If you're already on the list, don't worry, you don't have to sign up again.
Good luck!

Get on it people! This is gonna be the show of the season. Hope to see 2 of you loyal readers there.

The Malachi Constant will be playing the Lit Lounge tonite, it should be a good show.

Hell On Wheels, a trio from lovely Sweden, are playing 2 shows in New York this weekend. Says reader Sarah:
HELL ON WHEELS... has been a staple in my listening rotation since I caught them at the Swedish Showcase at CBGB's this past spring. Rickard, Åsa and Johan had such a great time in New York and were so well received that they're coming back over from Sweden to play two shows this week.
This band is just so awesome, so fresh, I feel like they're worth it.  Anyway, all those Swedes can't be wrong-- HoW have played everything from 7,000 person stadiums to dive bars, from Japan to Brazil, and opened for Teenage Fanclub and the Pixies... 
So. Before I ramble further and lose you, the important information:
Head on over to the Bands website, and click on the "listen" link...
Thursday, October 28th at The Lion's Den
with The Tiny, Prime Sthlm, and Jamie Meyer
doors open at 9; they'll go on around 10:30

Saturday, October 30th at Delancey Lounge
opening bands TBA

More good things tomorrow, same bat-time, same bat-url.


At 10/28/2004 03:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Delegate play in DC a few months ago at the 9:30 Club. They sounded great, especially for a (sort of) local band. I really dug their set, but I also kept thinking they sounded a lot like Ride. Maybe it's just me.

At 10/28/2004 08:14:00 PM, Blogger nm said...

i also saw delegate in d.c. recently, opening for franz ferdinand back in june. it's not that i didn't like them. it's just that i wasn't impressed. i didn't find them to be original or memorable, and none of their songs stood out from the rest. in fact, the only reason i still remember them is because my friends and i didn't know how to pronounce their name: as in delegating responsibility or as the state's delegate? and the discussion stuck in my mind. but i'll check out these songs and see if i can update my opinion on the band.

At 12/14/2004 03:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Delegate play a showcase in LA in front of five A&R guys from Geffen. It could have been totally disasterous but Delegate completely shined. I can only imagine what they must be like in front of a real audience...go see this band now!

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