Immersion at 7th Street Poster
07.09 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
07.11 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada @ La Vitriola
07.13 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
07.14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Local kraut/psych band Flavor Crystals opened the show. As usual, low light and minimum lyrics were on the menu for this band. I’ve mentioned before that singer Josh Richardson actually has trouble remembering some of their lyrics, so their songs are often stretched out and very long. For this night, their performance was very “droney”. That’s because Immersion’s Colin Newman asked the group to play their set without drums.
It’s hard to talk about Immersion without talking about how influential Wire is to the punk rock scene in the 1970s and 1980s. Wire, had always had a great fast-paced guitar-driven sound and great vocals from Colin Newman. The same can be said for Minimal Compact, the Israeli rock band often associated with the post-punk/indie rock sound… So if you were expecting that same art/punk/indie sound, you may be disappointed in Immersion, as they sound nothing like their predecessor.
Still, I can understand why the two wanted to do something new and different. Immersion didn’t require a full band (guitars, drum kits, etc) and didn’t require Newman to sing. Their music is more spaced out, acid, ambient, and definitely experimental.
Although the duo had a projection to show custom films, it didn’t really sync with the music, and only served as something fun to watch while you enjoy the music. Let’s face it, watching two people staring intensely down at their music machine and pushing buttons, isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. That’s not really the point in these electronic soundscape shows, it’s about going on a musical journey that the two presented in their new album Sleepless (swim~ Records).
Although one of their song “Propulsoid”, would have benefit from a live drumming from Matt Schulz ( of Holy F**k), he won’t be joining the duo until the next night (Chicago) and staying until the end of their U.S. tour.
Immersion at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (05 July 2018)