Pill: February 25, 2016 Palisades

March 9, 2016

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Pill seized our attention from the first time we saw them. Signed to Dull Tools for their first EP last year, since then they’ve been bringing their unholy marriage of free jazz, noise rock and feminist punk to haunts across Bushwick and Williamsburg, where you’re still best able, in this city, to find people who’re willing to “get” something that’s not always an easy listen. This band is a direct retort to the “nothing interesting happens in New York” crowd, a screeching, howling, shapeshifting rejoinder to anyone who pretends that all “Brooklyn music” means these days is low-stakes, people playing it safe. Frontwoman Veronica Torres hurls herself into the band’s sound, turning the room into her stage as she takes her final number out in the crowd, and while we’ve seen her do it before, it never fails to get everyone’s attention. Befitting the band’s rapid evolution, fully half of this show at Palisades featured new (to us) songs that didn’t make it to the EP or their last show, including “Vagabonds,” “Fetish Queen,” “Hot Glue” and “Medicine.” Of them, “Hot Glue” might have been my favorite of the bunch, with its consistent meld between John Campolo’s atmospheric guitars and Ben Jaffe’s sax, or “Medicine,” which features an almost-conventional chorus. But at this point in their career, really, seeing Pill is really about seeing Pill, experiencing the totality of the band for what it is, not one specific song or another. It’s the kind of experience that makes you grateful to be here.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK22 open cardiod microphones at the stage lip plus a soundboard feed. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK22 (ORTF, stage lip)>NBob cables>PFA + Soundboard (engineer: Leeor)>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, narrow onstage image)>Izotope Ozone 5 (effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 Which Is True?
02 Vagabonds
03 Psychic Nipple
04 Misty-Eyed Porno Reader
05 [tuning]
06 Fetish Queen
07 Hot Glue
08 Medicine

If you enjoyed this recording, PLEASE SUPPORT Pill by visiting their bandcamp page and buying their EP there.

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