Followed By Static Plays Thursday Night at Emo’s
Austin-based trio Followed By Static got together in late 2007, starting out as a duo on a rambunctious, bone-rattling spree. Their goal: “Piercing the sonic barrier,” while keeping their musical arrangements simple and raw. If things had gotten too pretentious, they would’ve gotten bored. The duo became a trio when vocalist Eric Static and guitarist Dr. K. Lee were joined by keyboardist Scott Baltimore, who shared their vision of keeping things straightforward while letting the noise layers go full throttle.
But there are so many angles from which to approach the distinctive art of noise. Perhaps you could label Followed By Static as “fuzz pop” and leave it at that, but that’s not covering all the bases. This is gritty, grimy, no-nonsense chaotic playtime between distortion and melody, where experimentation conspires with pop to tear apart any expectations.
The band’s ready to release a new 7-inch split EP with their collaborator, trash poet/pop culture mechanic and fellow noise maker John Wesley Coleman III, called Bacon Bear/Personality Pancake. A most delicious pairing indeed (Coleman played on Followed By Static’s debut 7-inch Lullaby).
You can see Followed By Static and Coleman perform, along with Austin band The Beta Rhythm, Thursday night at Emo’s, 603 Red River, on the indoor stage. Doors open at 9 p.m. Do check this one out, and remember not to leave the earplugs at home. Recommended.