Sunday night at Emo’s, the lineup combined local talent with visiting artists. YellowFever was charming, back down to their original two-person act, and Daniel Francis Doyle was a one-man hurricane of screeching loops, dripping sweat, and desperate, frenzied singing.
And then HEALTH took the stage and tore it up. They exemplified noise-rock at its most insane; sudden, dramatic pauses – not the best for a crowd definitely feeling the effects of a drink or two – drums that sounded like they were trying to wage a war, and music so mind-blowingly loud that the silences echoed, seeming almost absolute. Their instruments had duct tape holding them together, and from the band’s thrashing around on stage, it’s a miracle they survive each night. If you’re looking for something indescribably crazy, energetic, and original, check these guys out when they come back to Emo’s in July.