Concert review: Beast Make Bomb

Brooklyn's Beast Make Bomb perform at DC9 in Washington DC.

VIENNA, Va., March, 27, 2012—There’s something decidedly off and irreverent about Beast Make Bomb.  It could be the odd of use grammar in their or that their mix of female and male members happen to askew the normally assigned roles in a band.  The band just happens to strike a different chord purely by being something of an uncomplicated unit.

In fact there are several slightly off kilter bits that makes Beast Make Bomb an engaging and unique band.  None of these things seem like they should be a big deal but in the larger context of the underground rock circuit, they’re things that make anyone paying attention take notice and possibly exclaim “oh cool!” at the thought of the band.

Funnily Beast Make Bomb isn’t necessarily a unique band at any given point.  They take several like minded influences like ‘80s post-punk and jangle-pop, and meld into an endearing indie pop/rock package.  It seems simple enough for a band to put together the kind of tunes Beast Make Bomb, and on the surface there’s nothing about them that immediately sticks out.

What does make an impression though is how tightly held together their songs are.  Each of their songs is a burst of concisely orchestrated pop.  None of the songs overstay their welcome and the ideas rarely underdeveloped.  They never attempt to overstep their reach, instead relying simple yet catchy melodies, which seem to be inherent within the band.

In fact there are a lot of things that are just catchy about them.  Whether it’s their basic make-up of two guys and two girls, with the girls taking over the roles usually associated with being male dominated.  Glenn Van Dyke’s guitar work fluctuates between post-punk distorted brashness and twee-pop airiness always keeping it in line with the song.  Ceci Gomez’s vocals are strong and hit the envious musty tone of girl-with-cold that goes along perfectly with her easy going and subdued lyrical content.

It would be easy to lump them in with a number of indie/garage rock bands but it would be doing them a bit of a disservice.  There’s too much craft applied to their songs give them the proper chaotic feel.  That’s not to say they play up tight, but they fine tuned their songs to great extent.  Beast Make Bomb has a certain kind of loose and playful energy about their set, but a lot of that extends from elsewhere.

When it comes down to it, Beast Make Bomb is just a fun band.  It’s hard to imagine any band up on stage that look to be enjoying themselves as much as this band does.  This extends to play their songs with bouncing energy and results in them covering a fun, upbeat song like Harvey Danger’s “Flagpole Sita.”  That energy just becomes more infectious as they play and gives each of their songs more punch as their set progresses.

The most impressive about Beast Make Bomb’s set and their general outlook as a band is their relative youth.  Midway through their set Gomez related a story about the last time they played in DC and almost getting kicked out of their gig because bass player Sam Goldfine at the time being under 21 and trying to use a fake ID.  So, it’s no surprise they play with energy, but the precision they couple with that energy. 

Right now, places like DC9 are perfect places for them to headline but it’s likely to assume they’ll be playing bigger venues before too long.  Beast Make Bombs is the kind of pop/rock band everyone should be keeping their eye in the future.

Stephen Bradley is an avid music listener. Read more of his work in Riffs at the Washington Times Communities.

 


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Stephen Bradley is an avid music listener and an occasional writer.  He grew up in the Washington DC area and has been embedded in the local music scene for years.  Currently he lives in Vienna, VA.   He enjoys bands that have been broken up for at least a decade.

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