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Enemy Waves: March 26, 2016 Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular, King’s (Raleigh, NC)

August 30, 2016


It’s a rarer and rarer thing these days to discover a truly local phenomenon, especially in rock(ish) music, where even if a band doesn’t tour nationwide, their music can become the province of bloggers in Sydney and Tokyo even if their music is made in a basement in Anaheim. Well, Enemy Waves remain, for the most part, such a phenomenon, a band whose experimental prowess and musical bona fides haven’t yet overcome the fact that, to put it bluntly, these guys have a few other things going on in life. When we saw these guys do the Hopscotch Music Festival in 2014, we were blown away; the addition of Thurston Moore was an easy bonus.

This show featured a couple of songs from the Hopscotch outing, plus a couple of new numbers. Once again, the band showed how adept they are at improvisation, one of many reasons why they belonged at the Threelobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular (other sets here). While the band’s recorded output remains minimal to date, hopefully a set like this is an invitation for people to encourage them to do more (maybe even on Three Lobed(?)). As with everything that went on during this day-long extravaganza, this set was special, in this case, as a fairly rare chance to catch a band whose name should be (much) more widely known.

I recorded this set in the same manner as the other sets of the day, with multiple soundboard channels, Schoeps MK22 microphones onstage, and MBHO cardiod microphones in the crowd. The sound quality is excellent. Enjoy!

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Enemy Waves
Three Lobed Sweet Sixteen Spectacular
Raleigh, NC USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

4x Soundboard channels (engineer: Brad Womack) + MBHO 603a/KA200N (FOB, DFC, PAS) + Schoeps MK22 (onstage, ORTF, DFC)>KC5>CMC6>Aeta PSP3 >> Zoom F8>8x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro-Cory Rayborn]
02 Bleechie
03 [unknown1]
04 [unknown2]
05 [banter/tuning]
06 Radiant III

If you enjoyed this recording, please support Enemy Waves by visiting their bandcamp page.

Enemy Waves: September 5, 2014 Vintage 21, Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC (FLAC/MP3/Streaming)

September 25, 2014


The hymnal joke you hear at the beginning of this recording relates to this show’s location, in a once-decommissioned church known as the Long View Center, recently recommissioned by one of those “hipster churches” that, well, I’ll just leave it to this article to debate. What needs to be known about this show is that Enemy Waves is brand-new, though its veteran members aren’t, and they make some seriously angular, jazz-inflected, improvisational music. Perhaps that’s one reason Hopscotch Music Festival improviser Thurston Moore chose to draw some much-deserved extra attention to this new group with an appearance on their final number, which felt like one of Moore’s strongest collaborative appearances of the entire festival. It may also have had to do with the deep and weirdly varied resumes of the four members, which includes everything from drummer Jason Aylward’s time in full-on 80s metal outfit Valient Thorr to guitarist Paul Siler’s ownership of the King’s rock club and work with Birds of Avalon, to saxophonist Dave Mueller’s work as Heads on Sticks and multi-instrumentalist Crowmeat Bob’s improvisational playing with Tatsuya Nakatani, Eugene Chadbourne, and others. Bob also played some bass clarinet for the North Carolina-sited HBO TV series Eastbound and Down. 

The band members gelled quickly for a set that was well-attended despite relative remoteness from some of the festival’s other offerings. Hopscotch does a great job of pairing like-minded artists, and the combination of Enemy Waves with Durham, NC guitarist Matt Northrup, ambient act Helm and the vintage noise artist Tony Conrad (who also played with Moore; that recording awaiting approval) gave fans of mind-bending, you-have-to-see-it-live style music a palette that couldn’t be denied. The Waves gave us four tunes total, each of extended length, with my highlights being the sax-focused “Stronach’s Allely / Bleechie” and “Radiant III”, the latter of which closed the show with Moore on guitar. While there isn’t much to hear from Enemy Waves other than the two-song single on their bandcamp page, our hope is that this diverse group of musicians gives us more to enjoy in the future.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK41 microphones and a soundboard feed. While the design of the church building gives the music a bit of a boomy quality that is hard to avoid, I think it is a very enjoyable listen.

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Enemy Waves
Hopscotch Music Festival
Vintage 21
Raleigh, NC USA

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recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK41 (at SBD, DINa)>KCY>Z-PFA + Soundboard>>Edirol R-44 [OCM]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, levels, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects, imaging)>Audacity 2.0.3 (track, amplify, balance, fades, dither and downsample)>FLAC ( level 8 )

01 [intro]
02 Bone Marrow Transplant
03 [tuning]
04 Warriors Tabooed
05 Stronach’s Alley / Bleechie
06 [tuning2]
07 Radiant III*

* with Thurston Moore

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