Don’t freak out if you slap the new Worthless LP, All My Friends Are Stone, on the turntable and think your deck has a speed problem. All those sonic contortions are just the band fuckin’ with yr head, man. The LP has already garnered a cult following (look at what the freaky version is going for on Discogs) and there’s a good reason why. This show at the Knitting Factory, a near-seamless presentation that began with the song “Rips”, wound its way back to it during the set, and then closed with it, was a fresh take on improvisational psychedelic rock with a distinct style. Though tonight’s show didn’t feature any visuals, Worthless is the project of Curtis Godino of the incredible Drippy Eye Projections, a crew whose all-analog liquid light shows make every show memorable. Although they are geographically spread out (Florida and Brooklyn) — and haven’t been a proper “band” for that long — Worthless feels every bit the veteran unit, a big, organ-driven sound poised to melt minds at places like “Levitation” (or as I still prefer to call it, Austin Psych Fest). All of these songs appeared to be new (or at least, don’t make an appearance on any of their bandcamp stuff), and I dug the lot of them, especially “Daydreaming Your Life Away”. Their name may be what it is, but there’s nothing worthless about this band. Keep paying attention.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41V microphones and a soundboard feed from the Knit engineer Mikey. There are a couple of brief moments where you can hear me adjusting the microphones in the first couple of minutes, but it’s smooth sailing after that. Enjoy!
Catch Worthless again on May 29 at King’s County Saloon.
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Brooklyn, NY USA
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Recorded and produced by acidjack
Soundboard (engineer: Mikey) + Schoeps MK41V (PAS)>KCY>Z-PFA>Sound Devices USBPre2>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (fades, track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [forgive the tracking; the transitions aren’t always obvious]
02 Daydreaming Your Life Away>
03 Rips interlude>
04 What’s the Ugliest Part of Your Body>
05 Something Something>
06 Fast Fed>