Sonorous Gale are one of those bands where people say "I can't believe how loud they are for just two people", but actually, two-piece punk rock bands almost always tend to be loud... maybe it's to make up for there being no 3rd or 4th guy around, I don't know. I mean, Bloarzeyd are a two-piece band, and they're practically the loudest band I've ever seen. Sonorous Gale are so loud their sound could pound nails into the floor, but they're not just loud; their stuff moves, too. If you're at all into bands like Shellac, Big Business, Big Black, Bastro, Bedroom Rehab, Bloarzeyd, and so forth (lotta 'B' bands there, too bad I didn't mention Book Slave), then you oughta check these guys out. They've got a cool white-vinyl LP out, plus I guess they've recorded some new songs that are going to come out on tape (because cassettes are so much more convenient than LPs, especially if this is the '80s). Plus the drummer cracked another cymbal when they played on Saturday, which is now 2-for-2 for shows in Connecticut this year.
Escalator is two dudes from Ripshit playing pissed-happy hardcore with some heavy Blast/Black Flag parts thrown in (yeah, another two-piece, as of a few days before the Whitney House show from what I understand). The snare kept falling over at one point and there were some other technical issues during their set, which only lended to the overall feel of disgust and disintegration, rather than taking away from anything. Escalator is some deadly stuff, but not in any "we're gonna thrash because we haven't found anything else to do" sort of way, but in a "we've got this heavy rock in our hands and we mean to hurt you with it" sort of way. (You can click on the cover art at the bottom of this post to download the entire Escalator demo, for now.)
"Entitled Track/Compulsory Castration"
(these files are now listen-only)