Friday, May 8, 2015

ZZZ -- Creepy Crawl, June 1, 2005

ZZZ -- Creepy Crawl, June 1, 2005

Maybe its just me, but I can’t help but to snort up a low-brow snicker when discussing Holland’s ZZZ. To start with, ZZZ is a two-piece outfit consisting of drummer/vocalist Björn Ottemheim, a shaggy-haired, tall, heavyset fella that doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a frontman, and the more stylish and youthful Daan Schinkel on organ. Add to that the fact that they play a sleazy rock/dance club hybrid with its collective lyrical aura leaning heavily on what some folks refer to as “plowing the fields.” And to cap it all off, ZZZ is from Amsterdam. All potential hash/red-light jokes aside, ZZZ unload songs that would probably fit at the Velvet Room as well as the Creepy Crawl. Their Stateside debut Sound of ZZZ firmly establishes this theory with rhythm and melodies that are sure to induce massive freak-ons more than Death From Above 1979 fueled freak-outs. Also, with song titles that include “Ecstasy,” “House of Sin,” and “Sweet Sex,” the sexual connotation of the group is impossible to ignore. While it would be quite easy to lump the two bands together, the only things they have in common is they’re both two pieces and that they lay the sleaze on heavy and often. What sets ZZZ apart from DFA 1979 is the organ and the fact that ZZZ’s sleaze feels much more authentic.

While it’s terribly overplayed, the word for this evening was “fun.” Playing first, The Paul Bearers started their set with lightning-fast punk complete with Rancid-style bass and the overall feel of a band from the Fat Wreck Chords’ roster. However, as their set progressed, The Bearers showed multiple dimensions, throwing in a little bit of funk and ska into the mix while extorting plenty of movement throughout the set.

The Fusion followed and played what is a true rarity in this town: real, true garage rock. Light-hearted and good-natured, this was music you could dance to with fear of getting hit with a flying body tackle.

Following a rather lengthy sound check, ZZZ took stage with a rather sparse collection of kids standing up front. For a band that one would assume feeds off the enthusiasm of those in attendance, ZZZ played as if the place was packed. As the set entered into its back stretch, the Creepy took on the aura of a high school dance with people glued to their collective iron fence, wall, or concrete pillar, afraid to be the first one to start dancing. When they were through, ZZZ had made one hell of an impression.

Scene of Irony arrived at the Creepy expecting to play third, only to find that they were the headliners for the evening. With the daunting task of following ZZZ, Scene of Irony played straightforward Nirvana-influenced rock. While this style doesn’t do a great deal for me, SOI had meaty hooks and, better yet, solid musicianship. They didn’t blow the roof off the place, but who could have. All in all, this was one of the best shows I’ve seen this year.

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