It's the day before Art Basel, which means it's time for Churchill's annual "Anti Art vs Art" extravaganza. Making this year's model interesting, beyond the chance to see dutch keyboard oddity Harry Merry, is the juxtaposition between Tampa Nu-No wave act Neon Blud and our hometown OG noise auteur Rat Bastard.
In this era of "anything the 80s did I can do better (not!)," It's not surprising that a few kids in their early 20s torrented the pre-"sister" Sonic Youth albums and kicked them up a notch with dashes of hardcore punk and early 90s amphetamine reptile postpunk. What is a little surprising, is that Neon Blud have chosen the lowly cassette as the means to release their music. If there was one thing that totally sucked about the 1980s, it was paying $10 for a disposable medium that sounded like mating whales when magnetized/ if you played it enough times to actually enjoy it.
Rat Bastard on the other hand, is old enough to not only have experienced the No Wave scene that changed his life - he took it to another level - winning Spin Magazine's "Worst Band In America" contest with his outfit "Scraping Teeth" back when Neon Blud were in Kindergarten. He doesn't even bother with song structure anymore, preferring just to "kill" anyone within hearing range with whatever madness he can conjure up.
So go to Churchills tonight and place your bets as to which noise entity will beat someone senseless tonight. I'm putting $5 on Rat. That's also the price of admission, so it's covered.