An Albatross to Rock Oberlin with Lauded Live Performance
While Northeastern Pennsylvania may register images of depressing suburban sprawl and barren landscapes to some, as home to squiggly spazzy synth sextet An Albatross, the uninitiated may picture their hometown of Wilkes-Barre as some nightmarish video game circus.
“An Albatross is that band whose lead singer, Edward B. Gieda III, found himself naked and unconscious at their very first show in 1999,” states their press release.
Since the beginning of the millennium, An Albatross has been writing and touring constantly, assaulting listeners and concertgoers with white-hot barrages of sound. It’s a sound their label describes as a “psychedelic sonic orgasm; a barrage of mechanical, jerky and discombobulated time signatures eclipsed by hectic Farfisa organ/synthesizer melodies.” Think Naked City meets MC5 meets Nintendo with equal parts maniacal dance party and absurdly technical, virtuosic displays in songs that frequently last less than 30 or 40 seconds.
An Albatross’s relentless tour schedule, which will bring them to Oberlin’s Masonic Temple this Saturday, was a deliberate decision from the get-go. As Geida stated in a recent interview, “it’s a communal ideal of us to get out and to tour and to bring the music to the people. That’s why we spend so much time on the road. An Albatross is a live experience as opposed to a recorded one.”
These ADD-friendly tunes are all wrapped up in “Lazer Vikinghood,” the founding philosophy of the group. Singer Geida described the rough framework of the ideology in an old interview:
“Essentially, it is a future primitive method of bringing people together and completely dismantling the individual’s work ethic that the protestants have instilled in western society. We do this by way of the revolutionary politics of dance, by gathering people together, by sharing sweat, by sharing love and by sharing the electrical zaps that are synapses that jilt while we’re listening to music and engaging in pleasureful acts. It is whether you’re having a feast or you’re having a wonderful show or having sex. Whatever that group, that one on one, or one on twenty, or one on a hundred, or one on twelve thousand experiences... the culmination of it all and the beautiful feeling of it all is that of the Lazer Viking. In fewer words, it’s just ‘coming together.’”
As their philosophy stipulates, “coming together” is a central component of any An Albatross performance, where the lines between audience and performance often blur, creating one giant teeming mass. It’s an experience hard to shake off long after you experience the group live.
An Albatross will perform at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, April 15 with
Capillary Action and The Slow Blade Penetrates the Shield. Admission is $5, and
the show starts at 10 p.m.