Tuesday 22 Jul

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

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Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

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Narrative verse

L.T.Z. with Jabee, Frank Black & more
8 p.m. Saturday
The Conservatory 
8911 N. Western Ave. 

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Dancing in the Twilight

Sunday Twilight Concert Series with The Wurly Birds
7:30 p.m. Sunday
Myriad Botanical Gardens 
301 W. Reno Ave. 

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Next big thing

As far as songs go, few prove as challenging to sing as our national anthem.

It’s a technically demanding tune from first note to last, to be sure, beginning with a low bellow that quickly soars toward star-punching high notes, eventually swelling to a show-stopping crescendo that even the most seasoned performer can have trouble mastering.

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Depth & Current — Depth & Current

Norman guitar loudsmiths engineer an awesome sonic nightmare.

Matt Carney November 22nd, 2011

I always enjoy conversations — be they digital or in-person — with Hook Echo Sound and Nice People Records owner/engineer/operator Chris Harris, mainly as he’s one of the Oklahoma music community’s few remaining people who speaks his mind forcefully and directly.


I like to think of him as a kindred, younger spirit to Shellac’s Steve Albini: well-thought and often intentionally shocking, not for the enjoyment of shocking people, but because shock is often a useful tool in creating provocative art.

Prior to listening to “Depth & Current,” the first LP from the eponymous band comprised by Harris, drummer Scott Twitchell and Derek Lemke, I “liked” their music in the casual way that I “like” the bulk of locally produced music: I enjoyed it more for the knowledge that I was acquainted with the artist or producer than I actually cared for what was coming out of the speakers. 

While I felt this tepidity for their 2009 EP, “Arms,” the feeling’s been replaced by full-bore fear and excitement for this new album, which sucks and swirls heavy, noisy mixes of grungy guitar and shoegazey vocals into the same dark hinterland where Albini and My Bloody Valentine get plastered and swap dirty jokes. It’s a beefed-up, scary improvement and a terrific recording in its own right.

Stark, ominous guitars crackle across album opener “Chkill,” accompanied by some scene-setting spoken word about a place where “pagans go to have a good time.” While “Depth & Current”’s scenes and moods do change track to track, it’s this one that introduces the listener to the thematic notion of haunting, which Harris’s otherworldly vocals constantly remind of. Much of the lyrics are indeterminate, or otherwise shoegazey, blurred and stretched by effects that give the sense that the singing is coming from the bottom of a very deep, stone well.

When you can tell what’s going on lyrically, it’s not just gloom, doom and woe, however. What unfolds is an individualist’s success story (see “Pick Yourself Up” and “Side by Side”), the notion of triumph reinforced by the heavy, deep echo of Harris’s voice. The gloom, doom and woe is coming from outside, from a society in turmoil.

Midway through the record, “Lost” marches along at a funereal pace that it doesn’t deviate from, with vocals to match. “Red Haute Sects” packs a greater sonic wallop than its punny name implies. “Minefield” sounds like just that.
Such sonic force is sure to kill live. Dec. 8 can’t come soon enough

You can stream the album for free at Depth & Current's website.
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