Live Review

SXSW 2010: So Many Dynamos, Emo’s Jr., Austin

Weaving intricately looped bits and pieces into a post-modern tapestry.

I first saw So Many Dynamos in New York in the stifling heat and crowd of the basement at Lit Lounge. Pressed up against their bangs, barely keeping my feet off of Griffin Kay’s distortion pedals, their sound had washed over me like dirty seawater, flecked here and there with sharp bits of metal and discarded sandwich wrappers.

This time, at Emo’s in Austin, I had a bit more space. They were the same old band, and just as tight; weaving intricately looped bits and pieces into a post-modern tapestry fit to rival ‘The Ladyboy and the Unicorn’. So Many Dynamos is always a musical buffet. And like any good buffet some of it is gross and a little past it’s prime. But with this band there is such a smorgasbord spread out, such adventurousness in their live shows, that all that hardly matters.

They do the right things with noise, and use silence sparingly. And if their songs are tinged with the academic, with a nerdy love of intricacy, it’d be hard to hold it against such a dynamic showing as this.

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