Here we are, day three of our five day tour with Author & Punisher and Theologian. I'm typing from AJ's house in Weymouth, MA as Peterson showers, Willi thumbs through a deck of "Bachelorette Party Dare" cards, and Fade and Joey (our lovely merch girl) snooze the morning away. Last night we played at a place in Somerville called Starlab-- a sort of punk-house-slash-recording-studio-slash-showspace. The tiny room was packed for most of the night, and Author & Punisher, after experiencing some difficulties with his equipment the night previous, played a solid set to finish the show off.
Author & Punisher... if you're unfamiliar, this is the solo project of a UCSD graduate and mechanical engineer at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research Tristan Shone. He builds custom MIDI controllers that are part machine, part sculpture, and part musical instrument. The music is industrial, doomy, and droney, but watching him perform is really the draw. It's like he's in the command chair of some futuristic android killing machine as he manipulates his bizarre contraptions to create and warp sounds.
At the Wallingford, CT show two nights ago, there was a guy standing next to me during Theologian's set eating ramen noodles raw from the package. And then last night, there was a girl sitting casually on a sofa brushing her teeth (sans toothpaste) while holding a conversation with her friend. Let's see what sort of oddball human behavior Albany can muster up tonight...