Blood on the Basement Floor
Before I delved into the confrontational world of avant garde music via Captain Beefheart, John Zorn and Nurse with Wound, I would have told you that hardcore punk was the polar opposite to the world of mainstream pop music. This makes sense because, for every Rihanna and Miley Cyrus that is discovered and promoted to ubiquitous extremes by corporate labels, there will always be an aggressive DIY band that is created on its own volition to provide solace for angst-ridden, hormonal kids who don’t buy into the pop aesthetic. Flamingo Nosebleed fit right into this hardcore category, and seeing them live in action fortifies this notion. While 20-somethings have the privilege of seeing them live in venues like the Brass Rail, the younger crowd will have to thrash around in their bedrooms to their sophomore effort, Blood on the Basement Floor.
While thinking about approaches to critiquing this album, comparing Blood on the Basement Floor to Green Day’s Dookie was tempting. The most obvious comparison lies within the artwork which has the hand drawn quality that reflects the DIY aesthetic of most punk rock. Another comparison is more subtle: the presence of some pop characteristics – namely, how vocal harmonies are used and how emotional frustrations and unrequited love hold precedence over radical politics, among other horrors of the real world. In their desire to keep things relatively simple, Flamingo Nosebleed wisely stay in their topical comfort zone so as to not alienate their listeners with pretentious platforms.
This isn’t entirely different terrain from what they explored on their previous album, 2011’s Headbangers, but Blood conveys a certain amount of accessibility that shows they want to reach out to more people. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean they’ve made sonic sacrifices. Jake Emission’s guitar is still harried and claustrophobic, Phil Nieswender keeps up with a supportive low end and Mike Singleton provides enough oompa to sell me on the band’s notoriety for unrestrained force. All three members collide together on the instrumental opener, “Blackout on Broadway,” and for the next 25 minutes it’s a blur of good ol’ fashioned hardcore material.
As static as most hardcore punk is, I can give Flamingo Nosebleed a mulligan here, especially considering how I can sympathize with Jake’s inclination to deal with heavy emotions by pounding on guitar strings. Dealing with heartbreak by having metaphorical sex with wrecking balls and sledgehammers just doesn’t cut it for me. But there may be some part of Flamingo Nosebleed that embraces that other end of the genre spectrum.
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Josh Johnson — Comedy at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $10, (260) 456-7005
Vince Gill — Country at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 7 p.m., $39.50-$79.50, 424-5665
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Community Orchestra — Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Auer Performance Hall, Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 7:30 p.m., $4-$7, 481-6555
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Scratch N Sniff 2.0 w/1/4 Kit Kurt — Variety at Deer Park Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 6:30-8 p.m., no cover, 432-8966
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41st SOCA Student Exhibition — Works from students currently enrolled at USF’s School of Creative Arts, daily thru April 30, Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fort Wayne Artist Guild Exhibitions — Works by Alice Siefert at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Jennifer Caudel at Allen County Retinal Surgeons, Anita Trick, Citizens Square (2nd and 3rd floors), Darlene Selzer Miller at The Einhaus Group for Women’s Health, Patricia Weiss at Heritage of Fort Wayne, Emily Jane Butler at Ophthalmology Consultants (Southwest), Linda Binek at Ophthalmology Consultants (North), Carolyn Stachera at Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, John Kelty at ResCare Inc. Adult Day Service, Wiletta Blevins at Town House Retirement, Karen Bixler at Visiting Nurse Hospice and Barb Yoder and Karen Harvey at Will Jewelers, thru April 30, fortwayneartistguild.org.
Glass: A Medium in Art and Automobiles — Dale Chihuly blown glass and fiberglass auto, daily thru Sept. 8, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, $7.50-$12.50, 925-1444
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Rhoda Gerig: The Hope of Eagles — Photographic images of eagles, daily thru June 4, Clark Gallery, Honeywell Center, Wabash, 563-1102
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Exhibition of works by IPFW graduation seniors, daily thru May 3 , Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery, Main Library, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, 481-6709
Spring 2017 BFA Exhibition — Senior thesis projects from Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates Brenda Drayer (sculpture), Derek Hibbs (printmaking), Ellen Mensch (painting), Nathaniel Morris (sculpture) and Kyle Snodgrass (sculpture), daily thru May 7, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6709