Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Show Review: Arab on Radar @ Cafe Nine

During the Providence noise scene’s creation in the mid-90s, one of the most rousing predecessors was Arab on Radar. 8 years after their 2002 hiatus, Arab on Radar ended their first reunion tour close to home at CT’s Café Nine. Although a few members of the 21+ crowd were likely too young to have listened to noise music when Arab began, it seemed as though no time had elapsed between the members or the music. Even the presence of a younger crowd proved that Arab on Radar’s music has held its place in the noise scene and continually wins over new fans. Lead vocalist Eric Paul even snarled, “The only difference between 2010 and 2001 is 4 guys…. you have no idea what I’m talking about, do you!? Ha HA!” The four piece was decked in matching blue jump suits and lit from below causing a haunting surreal look that matched their dysfunctional music, while Eric Paul’s sneering voice complemented the abrasive noise punk, especially on the crowd favorite, ‘Birth Control Blues.’

Brava Spectre from CT was direct support, playing for 30 minutes nonstop of what seemed to be one single maelstrom of repeated rifts and technical chaos, but was essentially 3 separate songs. Bookending the set were the 2 songs off their new 7” record, which was unofficially released at the show. In the middle was ‘By the Lust…’, a favorite of Eric Paul’s. The 7” can now be downloaded for FREE here.

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