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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Show Review: Bestial Mouths @ The Void San Diego

Bestial Mouths press shot

Show Review:
 Bestial Mouths
@ The Void San Diego

  I think this is probably the first show I have gone to as a result of an email I received from a publicist at my catdirtrecords (at) yahoo email account in the history of this blog (since 2006!) and I wanted to memorialize the occations, and provide encouragement for more pitch emails sent to that particular email account.
Bestial Mouths live set up

 Here, it was the good people at Riot Act Media on whose mailing list I have found myself, and I read the release, thought "hmm...maybe I'll go that show;" and then went to that show.  There were several parts of the press release announcing this show and Bestial Mouths self titled LP that led me to tentatively mark this show a "maybe" on my calendar.
From a Bestial Mouths video.

 First of all, I know the guy who is putting out the LP- Carl ClanDestine over there in Scotland via Wales, and I support him and his projects. Second of all, the tour dates were legit:

06.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour w/ Austra
06.26.13 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ Austra

07.08.13 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
07.09.13 - Atlanta, GA @ DKA at 529
07.11.13 - Asheville, NC @ Broadways
07.14.13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
07.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
07.17.13 - New York, NY @ Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home
07.21.13 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
07.22.13 - Detroit, NY @ Something Cold

 Also the band description made them sound like something different:

Pooling together a group of influences as diverse as its members, Bestial Mouths present a raw, synth-driven energy propelled by singer Lynette Cerezo's powerful vocals. Often likened to Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie Sioux or Lydia Lunch, Cerezo delivers each note with fury and abandon. Synthesists/keyboardists Christopher Myrick and Gustavo Aldana channel early industrial, EBM, goth and minimal synth pop in turns, blending harsh electronics and lush melodies. When fused to Aldana’s splintered programmed beats and the tribal rhythms and samples of drummer Jessica Reuter, the harmonics combine to breathe new life into post punk, weaving their own distinct creation in the process.

  I wasn't sure if there were going to be good, or if I would like them but why not give it a shot?  Regrettably has not heard very much of Bestial Mouths and attendance was low.  Bestial Mouths is not a band for the casual Saturday night bar crowd, but the people who did show up had a good understanding of what a combination of "Industrial, EBM, goth and minimal synth pop" should actually sound like. 

  The live set up was impressive for a band working in the world of goth/synth, with a live drummer. Calling it "minimal" is accurate and a good description. For example, a big difference between the sound of Bestial Mouths vs. a band like Chvches that has the same basic set up (two guys with keyboards supporting a female vocalist) is that Chvches sound could never be described as minimalist.   With Chvches, there were programmed tracks playing beneath the live vocals, whereas here my sense was that this either not happening or played a small part in generating the over all sound.

 Certainly if you are a fan of Diamanda Galas, Siouxsie Sioux or Lydia Lunch OR early industrial music OR analog/synth music, Bestial Mouths is worth a look see. Maybe check out the record next week when it comes out. The Void should be applauded for booking such an uncompromising and unknown artist on a Saturday night, it shows real courage and a distinct aesthetic vision, kudos.


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