Saturday, August 16, 2014

Album: Wess Meets West - Live At Riverworks

Band: Wess Meets West
Album: Live At Riverworks
Label: Self Released
Year: 2014

01. Moon Under Water (Live)
02. Stealing From Overseas / Chandeliers (Live)
03. We Marvel At Man's Machines (Live)
04. They Burned New England To The Ground (Live)
05. The Bearing Sea (Live)
06. Deadlock Arms (Live)

Lazy genre classifications are frighteningly stunted when describing Wess Meets West. A simple “post-rock” label is a tepid disservice that waters down the aesthetic drive and critical intent. Wess Meets West move beyond any number of noisy “post-rock” contemporaries in an attempt to harness a deeper narrative, one imbued with both history and odyssey. It’s fitting then that Wess Meets West should call New England home, a coastal hub exposed to the elements and ripe with historic consequence. Whether on record or live, Wess Meets West consistently reaches the memorable while driving toward the intangible. Layers of ambient guitars, mirrored harmonies, swelling lows, and textured percussion mix with found sounds and electronics to create a density of sound that is otherworldly. Their intense, visceral performances appear as a struggle, a messy tug-of-war between the artist and the unconquerable eternals of time: an unending sea, an immobile mountain, an ageless forest and a constant wind pitted against the unwavering human will to persevere. In this, Wess Meets West is striving for something more: to bottle the primordial. In this quest, they refuse to shy away from the grandiose. Their compass is always pointed at something larger. On Chevaliers and When The Structures Fail Us, this purpose is harnessed with audacity and demonstrates a confidence to tackle an enduring scale that most bands—of any level—would be discouraged to dirty their hands with. 

Wess Meets West began in 2005. The first four EPs "You Women..." (2007), "How To Kill A Mammoth"(2008), “A Collection of Explosions and Death Threats” (2009), and “The Sun The Moon The Master (2009) all explore different areas of electronics and post-rock. Wess Meets West have also collaborated with John Nolan,(Taking Back Sunday) on his Collaboration Experiment, "The Bering Sea".

Live At Riverworks was recorded May of 2013 Live all in one room at the Recording Studio Riverworks in Dobbs Ferry NY. The live release shows a more raw side of the band. It showcases early versions of songs from When The Structures Fail Us and new live versions of older songs.

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