Posted in metal | music | pictures | video on September 25, 2009

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Greg Cristman

Sunn O)))

"It started its show, as usual, with a 20-minute censing of dry ice and the recorded chants of Gyuto monks. Then the band started its march of long, long notes, played by guitar and bass and a little bit of keyboard. The members played through the pieces in unison, without a drummer, so slowly and loudly that small discrepancies of timing produced dissonances that worked like sonar drills on your guts." [NY Times]
It was hot. DAMN HOT. Add to that soupy air from the blasting fog machines, a room packed with people, and the walls were literally dripping with condensation. Nevertheless sunn O))) hit the stage to a packed Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 9/22. As expected, Attila Csihar performed with the band, with costumes varying from a mirrored statue of liberty with laser fingers (sounds weird, but it worked) to a winter demon. Sunn O))) did venture into clean and simple tones, with assistance from a keyboard and trombone, but the full stacks of vibrating low-end were the order of the night for the duo of Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley.
"When we first started we thought of it as a studio project," Anderson says. "We had no intention of playing live. But we discovered [that] to really capture what Sunn O))) was about, that physicality of sound we were getting off on, it can't be produced on CD or vinyl. We had to do it live. There's no substitute for volume." [Metro Pulse]
Sunn O))) is still on the road with Eagle Twin, but for this special event at the Masonic Temple, they were also joined by the mighty Pelican and Earth. Pics from those bands are to come, but for now you can see some more from Sunn O))), and a couple of videos, below...

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Comments (54)

lazer fingers = sweeeet.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:05 AM

The drone-rock Slipknot. I can't see why you would like this unless you were an acne-scarred 13 year-old boy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:10 AM

This looks awesome. What songs did they play?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:16 AM

add 9:10 to dumbest posts of the year?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:27 AM

This was one of the most intense performances I've seen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:29 AM

What constitutes a good Sunn show, when they play more than 3 power chords over the course of the night? That must have been mind blowing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:33 AM

if they are the drone rock slipknot, who is the drone rock metallica? interesting comparison. i dig it.

and do 13 year olds listen to sunn o)))? kudos if so...

so funny how people LOVE to hate on this band. admittedly, i am not a fan but GOATSNAKE fucking smoked anyone else, still does. better than your shitty band.

here's a tip to kids in bands: DON'T TRY

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:38 AM

thats a fucking TERRIBLE picture of runehild...jesus what is she, 56 now? ugh. very unflattering. good job.

THORR'S HAMMER 4 LIFE!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:45 AM

How the fuck would you know, 9:33, if you weren't at the show? The answer to your question, which is also written clearly in the review is No, it wasn't three power chords over and over again.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:45 AM

So EPIC!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:46 AM

9:33 probably would rather listen to dilinger escape plan and jerk off over "math metal" "tech metal" or whatever the "kids" are listening to these days.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:49 AM

Sunn O))) rules if for no other reason than their gear and tone. And besides, their whole purpose is Amplification > Music.

Posted by brk | September 25, 2009 9:53 AM

Would love to see pictures of the crowd at this show, lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:09 AM

a) not drone-rock. stupid use of a term the person obviously doesn't understand
b) how many 13 year olds have scars from acne?
This is why 9:10 gets my vote for top 5 dumbest posts of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:10 AM

wait... is this a Lady Gaga show?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:10 AM

9:16, they played their entire new record and threw in some other shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:10 AM

isn't it weird that women rarely lose their hair...but pretty much all men do?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:13 AM

This was a great show. Hardcore points if you stayed until the bitter end (well past 2AM). Sunn0))) to me were always an abstract noise band that had a lot of theatricality, ambition, and more powerful equipment/wattage. If you enjoy abstract, atmospheric music this was a tremendous show. The costumes were great fun as well.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:31 AM

9:10, you obviously hurt 10:10's feelings. Now apologize, and give him back his clearasil.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:32 AM

The Masonic Temple is a pretty crap venue, I saw the Sunn show at the Knitting Factory last year and it worked much better, the volume just owned the space, the temple was too big with too many nooks and crannys and it was too bloody hot in there.

The crowd was an odd mix of Brooklyn hipsters, musos, metal heads and well..just regular folks looking for a night out it seemed.

Having said all that Sunn O))) are always impressive.

One of Brian Enos favourite bands apparently.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:35 AM

"The Masonic Temple is a pretty crap venue"

No.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:36 AM

I love Sunn, but to get mad over someone calling them "drone-rock" is pretty dumb. because thats basically what it is.

Posted by JT | September 25, 2009 10:51 AM

the only thing that bummed me out about the Masonic Temple was the line to get in. One dude to check IDs, then one to check bags, and a totally disorganized table to check tickets. Missed half of Pelican because they weren't prepared.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:52 AM

Trust me, missing half of Pelican wasn't a bad thing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:32 AM

attn: 10:52

get there sooner then...

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:35 AM

"Missed half of Pelican because they weren't prepared."

That line did you a favor.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:41 AM

L A Z E R > F I N G E R S

blows my freakin mind. If only matt and kim would use laserfingers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:53 AM

First time at Masonic Temple - it was a great venue. The sound for Earth's show was spectacular. The venue is gorgeous. The only downside was the lack of A/C.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:00 PM

Earth was probably the most terrible excuse for a band i've ever seen in my life and i've seen a lot of bands.

People were asleep next to me and around me.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:23 PM

BEST CONCERT EVER!!!!!!

Posted by Brussel Sprout | September 25, 2009 12:35 PM

Laser Fingers.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:53 PM

Actually, I thought Pelican was the best band. Missed the openers, but Earth bored me to tears and I'll admit Sunn o))) did get more interesting 3/4 of the way into the show, but it still reminded me of the incidental music of a really bad episode of Doctor Who. It was pretty silly. Granted they put on a show, but the music or lack thereof is just sooooo boring. Especially for two hours.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:54 PM

My favorite part of Sunn O))) shows...when some gear breaks down and they have to run up and fix it. They look like Jawa's from the Star Wars movies. The set then goes from "evil" to completely hilarious in 10 seconds flat.

Posted by Hank | September 25, 2009 1:13 PM

It all looks and sounds pretty hilarious to me

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:23 PM

Play 2 notes the entire show, name your group after an amplifier company = Sunn(o)

The shows are more of a demonstration of the power of amplifiers. To each his own I guess..

Im waiting for a band named after Harley Davidson to take the stage on motorcyles and rev up the engines for an hr straight.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:32 PM

This was my second time seeing Sunn O))) (last time was back when they toured with BORIS which was also awesome.) Great venue, lots of volume, louder than I remember, and Attila was a great addition to the performance. Really enjoyed Earth and Eagle Twin as well. Pelican was okay.

Main thing that annoyed me was the lack of drink choices - Heiney or Bud? Ugh.

Posted by Saif | September 25, 2009 1:44 PM

Do any of Sunn's detractors here really have anything of intelligence to add? Yeah, we get it. It's drone; it's slow; it's abstract; it's hard to grasp. But maybe some of us genuinely like those qualities? Sunn O))) at least has more visceral, physical impact in one show than most bands could hope to get out of an entire career.

And Earth was fantastic. Sorry folks, not all bands are required to churn out genera-metalcore or shiny happy pop music.

Posted by Paul | September 25, 2009 2:02 PM

i love the pics and vids of this website thx for them

Posted by debt reduction | September 25, 2009 2:12 PM

SKINNY PUPPY DID IT BETTER

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 3:25 PM

SKINNY PUPPY DID EVERYTHING BETTER

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 3:44 PM

this have must have been one big fucking sausage fest.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 5:11 PM

skinny puppy blows them all away.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 5:13 PM

Chrome Peeler's distro! KVLT as fuck!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 6:02 PM

Anderson says

"But we discovered [that] to really capture what Sunn O))) was about, that physicality of sound we were getting off on, it can't be produced on CD or vinyl. We had to do it live. There's no substitute for volume."

---PLEASE COME TO TEXAS

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:16 PM

Playing past 2am on a weekday night? I really want to be a dad and a metalhead, but the last three metal shows I've been to (Kylesa @ the Charleston, Bloody Panda at Union Pool, and now Sunn 0)))) all went way past 1pm. I can't hack that. I made it to 1.30 on Tuesday. Wish I could have stayed longer, but it was an endurance fest, and it wasn't even volume-related.

Posted by Gari N. Corp | September 25, 2009 10:31 PM

great line up, horrible venue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 1:22 AM

horrible line up, OK venue

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 1:55 AM

to note: for some, or many, staying to the end of Sunn was pleasuring and not a test of noise endurance. this was my first time seeing them live. and i was fully mind-and-body mesmerized to the end. fuuuuucking complete. though i can't imagine it being so absolute without otherworldy Atilla. that show was a gift. fuuuuuuuuck. still reeling.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 11:27 PM

I'll be tuning in to static and turning my home theater system up really loud tonight. If anyone wants to come hang out outside my window and listen to the cool drone sounds... let me know!

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 11:12 AM

This looks awesome. What songs did they play?

an interesting version of aghartha
hunting & gathering
what sounded like some of alice
and a whole bunch of other stuff

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2009 12:06 AM

33hz has a new music video thats amazing.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:49 PM

What's that first photo? It's so disturbing.

Posted by Replacing Boiler | May 31, 2010 9:20 AM

This was one of the most intense performances I've seen.

Posted by Mark Lewis | September 27, 2010 8:47 PM

This was one of the most intense performances I've seen.

Posted by Mark Lewis | September 27, 2010 8:47 PM

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