Posted in movies | music | pictures on November 23, 2009

by Benjamin Lozovsky

Rain Machine
Rain Machine

Four distinctly non-metal acts came together to celebrate the upcoming release of Until The Light Takes Us, a much-anticipated documentary on the Norwegian Black Metal scene written and directed by Brooklynites Aaron Aites and Audery Ewell. Aites and Ewell made themselves available for the whole show, amiably speaking to fans about the film and taking pictures in front of promotional gear sporting a pixilated harbinger of doom. The event felt less like a release party than a gathering of friends to show support however. Despite moving to Norway while making the film, Aites still has plenty of Brooklyn-informed leanings, and he tapped friend and collaborator Kyp Malone (the two play in local band Iran together) to perform with his Rain Machine project. It ended up being just Malone solo, as he performed songs from the project's self-titled debut album with just a plaintive (and at times shattering) guitar and his quivering, unpredictable vocal charms.

Malone might have a future, although maybe just a small one, in comedy or motivational speaking; he filled up the awkward pauses of a quiet audience with deadpan cracks and mildly inspirational calls to move about, if not at this show, then perhaps sometime in the future.

Dave Pajo, playing as Papa M, was probably the only musical participant that had delved into metal material in the past, but on this night he performed his critically revered post-rock album Live From a Shark Cage. Or at least part of it, because after 5 or 6 numbers, the band left the stage. His ambient, textural guitar lines grew slowly as he looped percussive guitar bits underneath the ambling melodies that joined to form a more grand harmonic synthesis. He too had his peoples out in force, as co-members of his new band Yeah Yeah Yeahs Nick Zinner and Brian Chase showed up to cheer on their collaborator and friend. Pajo plays the album again at ATP's 10th Anniversary Festival in England in December, and he'll assist Zinner and Co in performing their breakthrough debut Fever To Tell at the same event.

Overall, it was very subdued night, with only one out of the four acts even rocking a drum kit on stage. That was Soft Circle, who mixed reverb-heavy, almost surfer guitar sounds with punishing krautrock and dance punk beats, courtesy of drummer (and layering whiz) Hisham Akira Bharoocha. But after listening to all that black metal, can you really blame Aites and Ewell for toning it down a notch on this night? There will be plenty of time for bleeding ears once the movie is released. Catch it in New York starting December 4th at the Cinema Village.

Kevin Barker was the first of four on the bill. We missed him, but more pictures from the rest of the show below...

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Comments (13)

Yay Papa M

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 3:13 PM

Love the pic of Kip's Afro in the shadows! Great shot!

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:25 PM

Looks like a great show. I should have gone, but didn't. The kind of show that has just the right amount of people to make it seem like a house party instead of 'show' show.
Nevertheless, I'm definitely catching the movie at the Cinema Village opening day.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 4:29 PM

Yay Papa M indeed! It was a sweet night, really good vibes. I'm going to see the movie too. I would have thought they'd be all metal and mean, but everyone was so nice. Everyone who played was really friendly and funny and good and everyone was supporting their friends who had made a movie. It was a sweeter than average night, I'm glad I went. I'm looking forward to the movie now too. And Papa M was/were soooooooo good!

Posted by Beth | November 23, 2009 5:36 PM

These people have nothing to do with metal of any sorts and think its a novelty about the strange history of black metal. Isnt this the vice people who made this documentary?

Could have showed the movie and had a VIP party of hip Brooklyn little friends instead of making it something that it isnt.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 6:39 PM

It is not the vice people who made the movie, the guy who directed it is Aaron Aites from the band Iran, which Kyp Malone is also in or used to be or sometimes is in. This movie is called Until the Light Takes Us, check their website, it actually gets very good reviews. It even gets very good reviews on metal sites too. Looks like the real deal.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 6:48 PM

@6:39

Totally agree. I mean, Hisham Bharoocha has some background in the Providence scene back in the late-90's, but thes rest are just some dumb hipster bands with nothing metal about them. They could have at least gotten Liturgy to play.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2009 11:09 PM

This thread is clearly being monitored by the girlfriend of the guy(s) who made the film. So much love. Everyone is SO great, SO nice, really amazing. Not like a Show show.

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 7:54 AM

I actually was lucky enough to see an early cut of the film and these guys did a great job. Who cares what bands played the party? These guys were happy to finish a film they worked long and hard on and decided to ask their friends to play a show to celebrate. Relax dudes!

Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 9:56 AM

Hisham was there.

Posted by Anonymous | November 25, 2009 8:22 AM

See Sat 14, Textual, for Soft Circle. You wouldn’t know it from the indie-heavy lineup—including ubiquitous guitarist Dave Pajo (in his Papa M guise) and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone (performing as Rain Machine)—but this show is actually a release party for Until the Light Takes Us, a promising documentary on the Norwegian black-metal scene that opens locally in early December.

Posted by Fosamax | January 19, 2010 10:24 AM

Someone was there for sure.

Posted by Make Money Online | January 20, 2010 7:22 PM

I like to have been there.

Posted by Camisas mujer | January 23, 2010 2:20 PM

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