words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Jesse Angelo
Standing right behind a towering mass of grimness (seriously, the guy is at least 6' 3") known as Stephen O'Malley, I watched as gushers in the crowd came to and fro to ecstactically shake the man's hand. I guess in a dimly-lit fog-choked club like the Knitting Factory, Stephen O'Malley is Hannah Montana (May 21, 2008).
KTL played what amounted to one 45 minute song last night, alternating between thunderous rattle and screeching trebly drones.... and sometimes both at once. Usually, I find that ambient-y music doesn't fare well in a live setting, but much like sunn 0))), KTL's very physical brand of music seems to make up for it. And by physical, I mean loud. REALLY loud.
Amongst a mass of wires and knobs, Nemeth pulled out ambient soundscapes that seemed as informed by trip-hop as they were by extreme doom.
IUD reminded me alot of Black Pus.... but without the frenzied drumming and a focus on slower, more tribal beats. Lizzie of Gang Gang Dance provided all of the delayed vocals and dropped a few samples as well. Interesting, but I wasn't too compelled.