My previous knowledge of Sonorous Gale goes like this: I bought the Crappy Dracula/Sonorous Gale split 7" a few months ago, but haven't listened to it. Sonorous Gale have also played around here a couple of times over the past year or so-- I mean, they're only from friggin' Buffalo-- but somehow I never went. So, when I trudged on down to the Fucking Discovery Zone in New Haven to see Sonorous Gale last Saturday, it was mostly because the folks who run FDZ are generally way more on top of things than I am (meaning which bands are really good and so forth), and because the songs I had listened to on the Sonorous Gale MySpace only a couple of hours earlier sounded pretty friggin' diesel.
Here's what I found out: Sonorous Gale are like a massive fucking beast, as if they're three times their size when they're playing right in front of you plus when they play it's like grenades are going off under the floor. The drummer slams his kit so hard that two of his cymbals were already cracked when he started, and he blew a fist-sized chunk out of a third cymbal halfway through the set. The bass player, besides being loud as hell, also brought some brilliant anti-patter ("Please, could everybody just move back?", "You'd think we could make one song that doesn't have ten drum solos in it", and "Hi, we're Teeth Mountain" were some of my favorites).
Sonorous Gale have a great-looking new white vinyl LP out on Wrong Foot Recordings (myspace.com/wrongfootrecordings), with maybe only 500 pressed, so I'd recommend that you start hunting down a copy now.
Fellow Project and atrilliongallonsofgas were also on the bill; I can usually be found standing off to the side with my arms folded whenever a twangy folk-punk type band is playing, and since Fellow Project sorta veer into that territory they didn't really sink in with me on the first listen, but later over the weekend I gave their latest CD on Dead Broke Rekerds (a fine label) a shot and it's actually got some fine stuff on it... almost Uncle Tupelo-ish in some parts. I missed out on getting to stand up front for when atrilliongallonsofgas played because I wandered off to get something to eat at Pizza Haven (fairly unspectacular) right before their set-- thus I wasn't at an angle to take better photos-- but their new line-up changes seem to be working out well and they sounded really awesome. Hardly anyone gave a listen to the song I posted from their demo the last time, so I'm posting it again, and maybe some of you will give them another shot. I've seen atrilliongallonsofgas twice now, and both times they were devestating, so if you're into sludgy/grime/doom/thrash stuff at all, now's the time to check them out.
Fellow Project -
"Blow The Fucking Roof Off"
"Hernia Hang On"
(these files are now listen-only)