EVENT: Nels Cline Singers
DATE: 2000
VENUE: Rocco, Hollywood,CA

REVIEWER:
Mark

Now, here's another write up, this one for the Nels Cline Singers at Rocco in Hollywood
the first of a two night engagement...

$10.00 to see two sets by the Nels Cline Singers? Two sets at $5.00 a piece I guess you could say...
Me and my friend Dan got there as the singers were setting up, making small talk and figuring out what was causing the glitches the loop machine was having... Nels apologized to the audience for the delay and the set began...
There's no way you can truly explain Nels Cline's sound, the closest I've heard is John Mc Glaughlin being posessed by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth or vice versa...Either way, it's pretty damn close I guess..."Indie rock" meets
jazz, to say it's progressive would be an insult.

Nels might be down for music for the sake of music and the process of being creative but Fripp and the rest of the ilk of progsters don't put anything more than their chops into it, they don't seem to be having any fun playing because they don't do anything but slump over their instrument...I'm sure some of you won't find those comments very amusing,we're all entitled
to our opinions so get over it,I don't claim to be right,if anything,the point I'm trying to get across is the delivery of the music...

Nels writhes and convulses when he plays...The singers (Devin Hoff on bass and Scott Amendola on drums.) lurch forward with the same level of intensity, concentration and spontaneity, wether it's a soft passage or a furious swing, a pounding bass line and a whirlwind of tom toms or a pillow soft thud and the cascading of symbols trickling or brushing your ears and mind clean of another week of work, bills, etc.

And this is just the first set, mind you...The second one started with a grope about of random noises made with a toy voice changer and came into short bursts and sudden collapses of silence... After a mellow song, they broke out into a heavy rock/punk/hard swing piece and it was pummeling, the audience clapped and clapped and howled after that...Definately the most worthwhile show I've seen for $10.00, there's more to come, I'll be seeing Nels Cline as often as possible, this show is another reason why I keep hitting myself when I remember how many times I missed seeing him at the Alligator Longue during their new music Monday set up...




back