Über Blonde Redhead
Since their inception in 1993, Blonde Redhead have released some of the most sonically interesting guitar-driven Indie Rock on the circuit. Originally incorporating the more melodic elements of Sonic Youth's dual guitar attack, the group created songs rich in dissonant texture and driving, urgent rhythms. The next inception of the group saw Unwound's Vern Rumsey taking over bass duties, imparting his driving, almost entrancing whirl of rhythmic attack and melody onto the band's 1997 release Fake Can be Just as Good. Currently, the trio have their own set of aggressively patient rhythms and tense, sometimes creepy melodies. Guitars blink on and off to the steady sound of maracas. Arrangements subtly swell then disappear into dark, rhythmic soundscapes. The only constant has been the shared vocals of guitarists Amedeo Pace and Kazu Makino. The latter's unmistakable shrieks and haunting, chant-like moans identify and set Blonde Redhead apart from other noise enthusiasts.