by Shan Roridge
Photos: Ruby Claire
This month’s Localized will be different and I couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get me wrong, I love metal and hardcore but Jesus Christ, there’s got to be something else going on in local music. Since it’s April and everything is all springy and new and shit, let’s check out something you can’t see every other weekend in Salt Lake. 1H86335 (pronounced I Hate Bees) and Nolens Volens will play at the Urban Lounge (a private club for members) on Friday, April 14. The opening act will be Lapsed featuring Non-Non. These are not your bedroom musicians playing out for the first time. You should expect experimental, noisy, conceptual, electronic soundscapes. That’s right, the same stuff that hipsters get boners for and sweet dudes just don’t understand, ala Black Dice, Wolf Eyes and Lightning Bolt.
Andrew Glassett – guitar, drum machine, mixers.
Nolens Volens (a legal term that means willing or unwilling) came over to my humble abode for a pleasant little chat. Andrew brought with him a copy of the new album “ABC.” He said, “I’m really happy with it because of how loud it is” On the first listen, Nolens Volens’ biggest influences (mostly the Rhode Island bands mentioned above) are clearly present but not obvious enough to deem him a hack. The more I listen to it the more I notice that the music wanders off into its own defined territory. Nolens Volens is mostly electronic with an open door policy for additional band members, which keeps things interesting and fresh from show to show. “When I first started I really was trying to write songs. I was trying to sing and it just wasn’t working out for me.” By stripping the conventional idea of what a song is, Nolens Volens found his anti-singer-songwriter niche by combining drum machine, sampler, guitar and omnichord into a driving electronic treat.
Nolens Volens has a cult following in Illinois of all places but has a hard time fitting in locally. “It’s really frustrating being in a band like this, because there’s really not a venue for noise music or experimental music in Salt Lake City.”
Over three active years, Nolens Volens has accumulated quite a catalogue of music. And it’s free! “I hate people paying for my music,” insists Nolens Volens. “If anybody wants one, they can have one.” They also dislike playing shows with a cover charge and seemed a little nervous about playing Localized. “I just don’t know how interested anybody will be (in this sort of music at the Urban Lounge).” This music is full of patterns and noise that do not always lend itself to the short attention spans of the everyday audience. However, those audiences that meditate to sounds that most find offensive should be excited to see Nolens Volens. “I think music can be a pretty severe drug and there’s too much music out there that is bad for people.”
1H86335 (I Hate Bees)
Unidentified Man- All Instruments
1H86335 is as much a concept as it is a band. The idea is that music is nothing more than mathematics. Different notes create different frequencies. They create different fractions depending on what order they’re played in. 1H86335 make electronic music generated from fractions and ratios fed through different computer programs. As luck would have it, my amazing interview footage was destroyed. How ironic that technology would end up fucking me in the ass. Oh well, live by technology, die by technology.
As far as the live show goes, I don’t really know what to expect. 1H86335 is a computer, and was not very receptive to my questions. It did mention that every so often it emails a few select individuals the mathematical equations and these individuals do their best to bring the songs to life. These mystery men (or women) have only performed three times in as many years. Every performance is different so be sure not to miss it!
1H86335 will soon release a full-length album on Salt Lake label Ex-Umbrella Records. In the mean time you can check out the killer track “A Sudden Change in Gravity” on the Ex-Umbrella sampler “Advertisement no. 1.” They might even bring some of the free samplers to the show.