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Friday, September 4, 2015

Earth alters states with Holy Sons and Secret Tracers at only Florida show (Will's Pub)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND 

click to enlarge Earth at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Earth at Will's Pub

I talk a lot about focus here. It’s one of the criteria I respect most in not just art but in all human endeavor. By that metric alone, Earth should probably be in the hall of fame because probably no other band has mapped the depth and nuance of the riff as creatively and comprehensively as these legendary drone-metal minimalists.

click to enlarge Earth at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Earth at Will's Pub

Choosing Orlando again as their only Florida date (Sep. 2, Will’s Pub), the venerated Seattle band returned to a capacity congregation ready to be tranced. What these seekers came for are Earth’s famously heavy sonic trips, which are anything but the typical song arc. They’re barely lyrical and not especially musical. But in experiential terms, it’s pure hypnotic sensation.



click to enlarge Earth at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Earth at Will's Pub

Live, they alter perception more convincingly than some drugs I’ve taken. Planetary rotation feels like it tangibly slows once they begin. You start to feel incrementally descending changes – first to your consciousness, then to your physiology. This all sounds like total sweat-lodge babble when I read these words at my desk the next day but, trust me, it was very real in the moment. Buddhists have their meditations, metalheads have Earth.

click to enlarge Holy Sons at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Holy Sons at Will's Pub

Tilling some equally rare soil was opener Holy Sons, the personal project of Grails’ Emil Amos. In a wondrously narcotic set, they struck an intriguing and improbable balance that piles deep sonic heft onto ideas that are otherwise atmospheric and spacious to astonishingly natural result. Droning and soulful in thick blues abstraction, it was an emotionally transporting headspace that rolled like a boulder in slow-mo.

click to enlarge Holy Sons at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Holy Sons at Will's Pub

click to enlarge Holy Sons at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Holy Sons at Will's Pub

Although they need a few more practices, local opener Secret Tracers is definitely onto the right idea. Merging psychedelic doom with some garage bite, they’re game to drop a kind of heaviness that no one around here is currently doing. If they can dial it in a little more, they’ll be a force.

click to enlarge Secret Tracers at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Secret Tracers at Will's Pub

click to enlarge Secret Tracers at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Secret Tracers at Will's Pub

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