It's been almost a year since I've seen a show at Cafe Nine, which is sorta crummy because it's a really fun place to see a band-- only that I'm not all that into trekking back from New Haven at 1:00 in the morning on a weeknight, and the schedules just haven't fallen in the right spots lately.
Things worked out on Saturday, though, and that was good because I finally got to see Medication, which was fucking righteous to say the least. I have the single on HoZac and I've heard two or three of the other songs, but hearing a full set of Medication for the first time was a complete eye-opener. As recorded, a song like "Didn't Wanna Know" is an almost perfect bit of 90's Darla Records-style droney bedroom pop, but taken outside with a 2nd guitar (Stefan) and drums behind it and it becomes something else entirely-- like something Dredd Foole and The Din would do, or The King Khan and BBQ Show, even. No doubt "Didn't Wanna Know" is one of the 4 or 5 best songs I've heard all year, but I'm telling you right now that there's a helluva lot more to Medication than what most people have heard. I mean, the guy has more brilliant songs that I can keep up with.
Estrogen Highs were yet again gigantic, even if they weren't "on" because Stefan's vintage tube-looking piece of crap amp kept shorting out or something. Even then, the extra squawking noises sorta added to the overall feel of things somewhat. It appears that Estrogen Highs have now gotten their set down to a science, where every song is unstoppable and the Big Boys cover ("Red/Green") is like a freakin' hammer. The second guitar player, Mark, is truly miles ahead of where he was a year ago, and I'm thinking that Wes could be the best bass player that any Connecticut punk band has right now, seriously. People from other scenes can talk all they want, but give me an army of ten Estrogen Highs and I'd take over the world.
They closed with "God Is Black" ("for all the white kids"), and then I had to split, though not before I was able to score a copy of the numbered silkscreened edition of the new Sudden Walks EP, which I thought I'd never get (Stefan: "Neither did we"), and then drove home literally blasting the demo from Stefan's black metal band, Ehrgeizig-- at least I think that's what they're called-- on the cassette player. Didn't matter if it was any good or not (I can't remember), because by then my ears were shot anyway.
"Didn't Wanna Know"
Estrogen Highs -
"Thinkin' of My Health"
(these files are now listen-only)