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Smoke Alarms and Cyborgs: HUNS and Westward Journey at Revolution Gallery

Buffalo’s HUNS and Westward Journey teamed up Nov. 9 at Craig LaRotonda’s Revolution Gallery on Hertel ave for an unforgettable farewell to HUNS’ Jake Whitefield. Smoke machines set fire alarms off in the packed gallery, but the band powered through, gifting the audience with two sets of noisey post-metal doom. As of Nov. 11, Whitefield has relocated to New York City, though he says: “We’re hoping to maintain the long distance thing as we have one more EP that we’re three-fourths done with writing and wanted to see it through. We’ll have to cut down on shows, but I’m hoping that I can come back periodically and maybe pick up one here or there. Or maybe even find some spots to play out here.” The show would prove to be a wonderful end to an era for HUNS, hosted by a beautifully eerie gallery strung with works of dark surrealism and preceded by an incredible ambient performance from Buffalo’s Eareckson Murray, performing as Westward Journey.
      The gallery features many of LaR…

Tense and Release: Should Anyone Make Noise?

The second millennium burst through our dissociated society nearly two decades ago, and the world dashes with more force and more speed than ever before. Poorly lit billboards flash, smartphones incessantly beep and click and speak to their users, and an ever-present pressure to produce more, to consume more, to “do” more permeates every tear in the fabric of our global culture. We talk faster, we move faster, we process faster than any culture before us, but at what cost? Among greed, violence, socioeconomic and political unrest, and an overall sense of amnesia, this speed has driven its culture’s citizens to more pressure, anxiety, and repressed tension than they can take. People lash out at each other verbally and physically, both in person and on the digital world of the internet, further isolating themselves and building only more tension and destruction. It seems our world has reached a critical point, and the dam may burst at any moment.
​      The question arises, what can be…

A Brief History of Noise via The Guardian

For those new to noise music, Paul Hegarty's article for The Guardian, "Noise and Music: An Eternal Conflict of Sound," provides a brief and accurate history of noise in music and as an art form all its own. Though published 10 years ago, the piece informs as well as provokes, succinctly citing some of the social issues evoked by such an art form. Perhaps some of these issues are more relevant today than ever...