CMJ Day Two: Gospel Music, Cloud Nothings, Widowspeak, Cubic Zirconia, Mux Mool, Teen Daze
|Cubic Zirconia. |
Better than: Walking around in the drizzle-cum-actual rain without an umbrella.
Gospel Music had the best T-shirt of the day at Cake Shop yesterday afternoonmaybe of CMJ, period: "Fuck you, I'm from Florida." Playing third on a daylong showcase for the bicoastal publicity company Terrorbird Media, the quintet sounded far more Olympia (they're on Kill Rock Stars, which was formed in Washington's capital), which means slapdash on purpose, not to mention cute and indie and pop. But there wasn't quite enough charm to stick, not even in the boy-girl duets that didn't dominate the set but are clearly the band's draw.
I missed the beginning of Cloud Nothings' set: only one editor cared that I was covering CMJ, and work is work. So maybe they blasted off and I didn't hear it, but the first two songs I heard inspired the words "squalling rave-up" and "OK, more saddos." Then the singer dedicated a song to his nephew and things picked up considerably, tempo-wise, and by the end he was moaning less and yowling more. Widowspeak, who followed, were shoegazier: guitars pretty enough, mumbled vocals less so. More »