Saturday night, Williamsburg's Death by Audio witnessed "Throat Razor," a noise showcase put together by Throat, a collective of five recent female RISD grads. The goal was to raise funds for a planned non-profit art co-op like one they admired back in Providence, "an unjuried space where any dreamer with vision could display their pieces, without barriers." Montreal's AIDS Wolf headlined; in addition to being experimental noise-rock stalwarts with over a dozen releases to their credit, they're visual artists themselves: Core members Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau also collaborate as Seripop, a prolific printmaking and installation duo, with international acclaim.
Miami growler Rat Bastard was another highlight; eight years ago, he founded the sprawling International Noise Conference with the motto "No droning, no laptops." (Here's a fascinating Vice interview with this character.) On the other end of the noise spectrum, Shawn Greenlee performed earlier in the evening with a novel approach: He uses a camera that interprets drawings in a notebook as sounds, which he then manipulates live through a laptop and various other effects devices wired into the mix. Photos of all of the above, plus guys in ripped pantyhose, cat-meowing, and "Mongolian sausage"-chanting, below:More »