Well, first I’d like to apologize for not posting a This Week in FAST for the last week of Fringe Fest, things here have been very hectic. But I would like to take a moment to point out two amazing shows to take us out:
Tomorrow night (July 24th), local sound legend BLK w/BEAR (Jim Adams) will share the stage with another local noise project of note, Insect Factory (Jeff Barsky, also of The Plums), and, we-are-so-lucky-to-have-them-and-you-should-not-miss-them, NYC psych powerhouse Religious Knives. This will be the most celebrated show of FAST, and with good reason. Created by Mike Bernstein and Maya Miller of Double Leopards fame, their last.fm page cites their influences as: The Velvet Underground, Goblin, and Popol Vuh. In 2007 they played No Fun Fest in NYC, and in Sept. they are playing No Fun Fest in Sweden. They’ve put out albums on Troubleman, No Fun, and Ecstatic Peace/Universal Records. This is probably one of your only chances to see them in DC.
The final full show of FAST is kind of a doozey. Again, bands are voyaging down from NYC to play at the Fringe. July 25th sees the likes of garage metal duo Orphan, a band who has been lauded by SF Weekly, Interview, Vice, Aquarius Records, and New York Press. If you’re interested in checking them out first, take a look at the many found footage videos they’ve assembled:
Finally, here’s a brief interview I did with the mini-gang at SXSW.
Obviously not alone in this venture, they are bringing Malkuth, a black metal band that features members of The No Neck Blues Band. Come on, admit it, you’re curious what this whole black metal phenomenon is all about. Well, this is pretty KVLT, and, no, if you don’t know, I’m not going to explain it to you.
Finally, a new face in local metal, Tetralogy of Fallow will be hammering out the way for the rest of the bands. Think Metallica, when they were still worth listening to (ie, before the Black album), mix in some Sodom, Possessed, Nuclear Assault, and add one of the guys from Ilsa. Hey, even if you aren’t really into metal, this will earn you some wicked hipster street cred.