Tuesday, 10 November 2009
From what I can tell, Small Black are a new and exciting noise pop band from New York who, after spending the larger part of last year locked away bedroom-recording their debut album, saw its long-awaited release on Cass Club last month. The band formed in 2007 and is certainly off to a good start with the music media, having been on the receiving end of some widely coveted love from Pitchfork for the single 'Despicable Dogs' and scoring 8 out of 10 for the debut full length.
The band is made up of permanent members Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner and they are joined live by Juan Pieczanski and Jeff Curtin. Together they play scatty, dubstep beats from their not so well-recorded drum machine and coat them with loud, Jesus & Mary Chain style overdrive. Small Black might not be quite so well finished production wise as the Big Pink, but there are a lot of distinct similarities in sound. Both are made up of two members and create dancefloor-filling shoegaze with mixing desks and electric guitars. Cascading melody lines sit above and behind the low droning basslines that drive every song forward - Small Black make the kind of hypnotic underground dance music that could keep the crowd going all night at a NYC warehouse party. If they haven't done it already, it's pretty certain they will at this rate.
Small Black make music for basements in basements, and have great things to come for them if they keep going as they are. You can pick up Despicable Dogs and Bad Lover below, and look out for a video to D-Dogs sometime this month.
Small Black on MYSPACE.
Small Black EP on Amazon
Small Black - Despicable Dogs (MP3) (from Small Black EP)
Small Black - Bad Lover (MP3) (from Small Black EP)