Whatchoo got going on tonight? Want to see some laser beams cut through fog while some "power ambience" cuts through your guts? Can you handle it? Are you going to Mercy Lounge to see Sunn O)))? (Congrats to our caption contest winners, BTW.) Of course you are, since you've surely read Matt Sullivan's feature on them. Here's a bit from that:
Just as their most challenging and engaging work to date was released on The Black One, Sunn O))) became the poster boys of hipster metal.
So in a way, Sunn O))) are kind of like Dashboard Confessional. Their brand of drone metal bears almost no resemblance to '80s doom, yet for many people Sunn O))) is doom metal. (Much the same way, emo was originally a product of hardcore punk, but ask a group of people to compile a list of emo bands, and Dashboard will likely land in the top five.) Nonetheless, there's one fundamental and crucial distinction between the two that must not be overlooked--Sunn O))) have never sucked.
As an added bonus, here's the New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones describing a recent East Coast show:
Sunn O)))'s performance last week at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple may be the loudest show I've ever seen. I saw a Ramones show in the late eighties that might have come close, though that music mostly took place in an upper midrange that Sunn O))) doesn't visit much. The median sound for Sunn O))) is a low chord, pitched below standard tuning, that blows through the crowd like a humid wind and stays in your body like that liquid they make you drink before you go through the CAT-scan machine.
Also, Attila Csihar shoots lasers (!) out of his fingers while wearing a spiked headband. And we haven't even talked about Eagle Twin yet.