As Bees To Honey Drawn
Do I REALLY need to tell you why you should go see --
If you're familiar with the dense, chewy, polyphonic sounds of "Awesome", then clearly you shouldn't need any prompting. If you've never seen this septet of highly skilled, imaginative, and eclectic performers, then you really owe it to yourself to go find out why this band is causing such a stir around these parts.
I've previously gushed ebullently about these boys, but the truth is, every time I see them perform, they just get better and better. In "noSIGNAL" the harmonies are richer; the blending of instrumentations more subtle and dreamlike; and always their amazing ability to weave seemingly random bits of ephemera into something not completely coherent on a conscious level, but which nevertheless resonates deep inside you, like the pure vibration of a quantum string struck in the heart of a supernova a thousand light-years away.
"noSIGNAL" differs from their previous work, "Delaware" both in terms of its structure (there being somewhat more of a throughline, if not exactly an actual plot), and in its development of thematic explorations: Bees, computer operating systems and the hivelike activity of corporate drones figures prominently, as does the notion of how individuals respond to a new environment when cut loose from the comfort and security of the collective.
While it's never easy to say just exactly what an "Awesome" production is about, the closest metaphor I was able to come up with after seeing the show last night was that of an all-you-can eat banquet served up by a four-star chef: you can pig out to your hearts content, if that's your desire, or, you can choose to sample small portions, savoring each morsel. But either way, you will end the meal feeling satisfied. It's a rare thing indeed to walk out of a performance and feel that sense of having been more energized than when you walked in, and realizing that every other member of the audience feels exactly the same way.
There's so much density to the production that people are naturally going to experience it based on how much they can observe or absorb; and whether that's a little (as in the case of the 50 or so Moses Lake High School students attending last night), or a lot, (those of us who've previously been fully immersed in "Awesome"'s musical, verbal and visual psychedelia), you're guaranteed to come away feeling you've just experienced something both satisfying and wonderful.
on 9:45 AM