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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Scene Around: Seismos Math Rock/Post Rock Appreciation Night

05/14/2015 10:50:45 AM

For almost four-and-a-half months of being a gig-goer (well, I won't consider myself a regular), I  end up seeing my indulged self into certain kinds of music: dance rock, punk, blues, jazz, alternative, acoustic, and even world.

Well, it was all that cycle (at least not a shitty one) until somebody sent me an invitation on Facebook. Yes, a post-rock and math-rock appreciation night.

I know; it's tough to appreciate one thing you never even know. However, as the saying goes, “Don't hate what you can't understand.” Meaning, before I put my likes and dislikes on something, I used to give it an opportunity (or a 'try') before making a remark.

Yes, a music appreciation night held at saGuijo, perhaps the farthest place I have been so far, considering the two-hour travel time which is already 'hassle' on my part (right, what's new about the traffic here anyway?). Luckily for me, though, despite the heavy flow of passing vehicles at C-5, I still managed to make it at the venue by around 10:25 p.m. I was then editing one of the episodes of my podcast prior to dropping by saGuijo.

They had six in the lineup, namely: Shutter Life, Sound Architects, Run Dorothy, Sleepersecond, Anton and the Salvadors, and Pastilan Dong. In between, members of Words Anonymous gave the crowd a worthy break when they delivered their respective masterpieces while other acts were setting their tunes.

Okay, I won't comment much on which act I liked the most since again, I'm not very familiar with them all. But I have to appreciate the turnout of this event, considering one of my friends said “this Seismos appreciation thing was apparently a 'crowd-sourcing' event.” And it was a very successful one as I perceived.

Besides, that gave me a new bunch of suggested names on which I should search on SoundCloud, YouTube or even Bandcamp should I take a time off and listen to the mentioned genres later on.

Pun aside though, I'll give a bit of exception: I found Pastilan Dong interesting.

Apparently, it was also the very first gig organized the Seismos team. Sounds new, right? Compared to the likes of Red Ninja Productions, Cubism Family, Attraction! Reaction! Sparx Productions, Green Apple Productions and Docdef Productions.

But quit comparing. Seismos were obviously, very different from them, especially when it comes to the product they offered during the evening. It's like an all-and-exclusive night for the specific genres they are selling. And I am giving my 'kudos' props to their hardworking people for putting up one.

Besides, for a newbie like me, the terms sounded rare; but thank God for Wikipedia — at least they saved me from the verge of being another piece of ignorant spectator.

Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock and indie rock music that emerged in the late 1980s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson and 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich.
Post-rock is a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and "guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures" not traditionally found in rock. Post-rock bands are often without vocals.
See the difference? These are the things which my friend Glen ( told me on our way home.

And finally (after an appreciation gig and the intelligence of Wiki), I am enlightened.


P.S. Will update this post with more photos as soon as I get a hand on transferring my entire album. By the way, shoutout to Imee Malabonga (8 Moons of Jupiter) for inviting me on their event.

Author: slickmaster | 2015 september twenty-eight productions

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