Coltrane Motion with The Seedy Seeds

May 1 - Southgate House

Apr 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm

When singer/composer Michael Bond and guitarist Matt Dennewitz relocated from Cincinnati (where Bond helped helm the still-in-operations datawaslost collective/label) to Chicago a few years back, the Indie music world was just beginning to show more of a whole-hearted interest in danceable, electronic sounds. It was perfect timing for the admittedly more adventurous and noisy duo – perhaps best described as Indie Dance Punk — which has seen many of its releases fervently frothed over by the tastemakers of the music blogosphere. In fact, when the group’s full-length, Songs About Music, came out in 2007, it was ranked alongside some of Indie’s heaviest hitters as one of the most written-about new releases of its time. And the reviews were almost universally positive.

With the label established, the duo has been more likely to release a single, a “split” CD with another artist or an EP than they are to release a full album (Songs About Music was their first official long-player). But Coltrane Motion works well as a “singles” band, as evidenced by their latest, the two-song single, “The Year Without a Summer” b/w “Maya Blue.” Running their own show means the band can pop out a quick release and then spend a few months touring it before going back to the drawing board. It also allows the band to be creative with the releases — the new single is on colored vinyl with silk-screened sleeves, while the Rhode Island-based label 75 or Less Records issued a CD version with bonus remixes by Cincinnati artists You, You’re Awesome and Jay Reynolds (as Superaction80). They’ve also found time record a few Bruce Springsteen covers that sound like what a young New Order might have done with some Boss tunes (give ‘em a listen at

“The Year Without a Summer” is fairly classic Coltrane Motion, with a dissonant mix of Dennewitz’s creative guitar, churning organ/synths and epileptically propulsive beats. Bond’s nasal, distorted voice is an acquired taste, but within the lo-fi bombast of songs like “Summer,” it’s hard to imagine any other vocalist being nearly as fitting. Side B’s “Maya Blue” is a hypnotic blend of organ drone and faint and hazy melodies, like early Dandy Warhols with the energy levels pushing the needle into the red.

The group’s live show is highly recommended, as Bond and Dennewitz make like a sonic Tasmanian Devil whenever they take over a stage. You’ll sweat or be sweated on. And you’ll like it.

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