Melt Banana @ the Bluebird Theater – 12/07/09 – Reverb

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Melt Banana @ the Bluebird Theater – 12/07/09 – Reverb

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Japanese noise punkers Melt Banana assaulted the Bluebird last monday night with sweetness and volume. (Photo: Malt Banana)

Japanese noise punkers Melt Banana assaulted the Bluebird last monday night with sweetness and volume. (Photo: Malt Banana)

For the first 25 minutes of their set at the Bluebird Theater Monday night,Melt Banana blasted the crowd with a melange of noise and darkness — pierced only by the members’ head-mounted lights — that felt like my imagination of shock therapy, without the benefit of that thick piece of rubber they shove in your mouth to keep you from biting through your tongue. Never have I been so impressed by the venue’s sound system, nor have I ever felt the need to don earplugs so badly.

And yet I, along with the smallish, half-capacity (at best) crowd, loved every ear drum piercing minute of it. So much so that when the four piece settled into more accessible, 30- to 90-second pieces with recognizable rhythms and chords for the remainder of their set, we all seemed to miss the cacophony.

Catch the entire review at Denver Post Reverb!


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