The Split Coils Head West

by Brian Slattery | Feb 12, 2019 7:33 am | Comments (1)

On “Earth and Dust,” the title track from the first EP from the New Haven-based Split Coils, two guitars strum out the opening rhythm, and the bass and drums fall in easy behind them. All together the band makes a wide, expansive sound, fueled by the electric guitar’s tremolo grit.

Then the singer arrives on a pillow of reverb. “We are lost and a long way from found / I’m calling you out, I’m calling you out,” he sings, bending the phrase upward on the word lost and then riding the wave of the rhythm up and down to land on out. It’s a song from a new band. But it’s definitely not the songwriter’s first song.

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Musicians Free To Experiment, Flourish At Series

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 11, 2019 7:35 am | Comments (2)

Karen Ponzio PhotosAlmost exactly a year ago musician Conor Perreault was at Never Ending Books starting a new experimental music series, which at the time did not have a name.

As of this past Saturday it still did not, but it was flourishing and filled with the types of musicians and music that can be difficult for some to label as well.

“I’m always trying to make it more free,” said Perreault, who also in this past year became co-organizer of the Elm City Noise festival. “I’m always encouraging people to let out what they’re holding back.”

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Death Metal Chases Winter Away

by Karen Ponzio | Feb 4, 2019 7:30 am

Karen Ponzio Photo“I like having shows on dates that people will remember,” said musician Mark Lyon on why he chose Feb. 2 for a triple bill of death metal advertised as “A Very Brutal Groundhog Day” at The State House this past Saturday night, including his band Xenosis.

“I mean, it’s Groundhog Day, and that movie? Who doesn’t love Bill Murray?,” Lyon added. “I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love Bill Murray?”

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