Photo from Stony Brook University Café’s Instagram page.
By Justin Cole
A shade of ultraviolet light tinted the interior of the Ucafé this past Thursday night as an audience of around 20 students waited for the newest installment of StonyBrooklyn. This weekly concert series sheds light on underground talent in the area by bringing them to the University Café in the Student Union. Past bands that have graced the stage include: Das Racist, The Antlers, The Front Bottoms and Ra Ra Riot. However, this past Thursday was Exocomet and Advaeta’s night to shine.
Disclaimer: I had to leave the concert early, so while there were two bands, I had to leave after the first band Advaeta.
The first band to take the stage was the eccentric Advaeta, an all female trio hailing from Brooklyn, NY. The band contains a unique lineup of one drummer, one guitar player and one guitar/keyboard player. The first song began with one guitar playing a droning chord that swelled until the drummer came in to start the song. By the time all of the instruments came in it seemed as though they had lost control of their sound. However, it is very possible that this is what they were going for. At this point, the drummer took hold of the vocal reigns by letting out a guttural scream and then proceeded to do this throughout the rest of the song. This was an interesting choice for a first song only because it was mainly instrumental with the occasional scream from the drummer.
As the set carried on, the audience could get a rough idea of the band’s sound. The songs began to echo the sounds of early nineties punk and grunge similar to bands like Soundgarden, Sonic Youth and even Butthole Surfers. On the second song the guitarist/synth player took vocals in a similar direction as the drummer. The piece had a bit more melody to it, but the screaming in this instance still seemed out of place amongst the rest of the music. To go along with that, the microphone that she was using was much louder than the instruments, making the screams more piercing than anything.
Towards the end of the set, the band seemed to lock it in vocally and sonically. There were harmonies in the last two songs that really stood out when they were performed and the guitars began to finally sync up with the drums. There were times when they would change tempo mid-song and pull it off quite well. In the end, you got an admirable sense of initiative from the band, they are trying something new and owning it.
There is definitely a great energy in their sound— one that draws you in to their music. Sometimes it felt as if the amount of effects they were putting on their instruments would overpower this, though. Overall, I would say that the band put on a great show for the crowd. They are definitely a band to keep an eye on. They have a new sound; it just needs some refining.
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