We here at Can this even be called Music? Defend since the very beginning the true music, which is often at the antipode of what most people today considers music. Sunn O))) makes no exception. Although many will call them noisemakers, asking “Can this even be called music, dude? Put back LMFAO and shut the fuck up!”, we find them truly amazing, and quite unique, although there are some other bands like this one.
Music, since the dawn of times, is there to convey emotions, before conveying messages, and Sunn O))) seem to have brought music to its original purpose, with a twist. The festive and sacred origin of music is no more. Maybe sacred, for Sunn O))) worshippers, but certainly not festive. This music is made to make you feel complete unease, discomfort and unpleasance.
If you ever go to a Sunn O))) show (which I never did, unfortunately), you will most likely be transcended by fear, amazement, and nausea. Music just surrounds you, and vibrates through your guts, conveying the message for which it has been crafted to your body, your mind, and your soul.
It would be simplistic, however, to say that Sunn O)))’s music only convey this kind of message. Nostalgia, sorrow, awe, and sometimes maybe joy will all be felt when bathed in the music. This feeling of unity with the world, where you feel totally understood, although no one is listening, is one of the best things that you could go through.
I don’t have the chance to go to a live show, but I did the experience of cranking up the volume at my home to some Sunn O))), and I guess the feeling is quite close, although less powerful. Try the experience with the below video, in which I felt nostalgic and contemplative. About what? I don’t know, I don’t care, and that’s what is wonderful with this! And if you can see the band live, don’t miss it! Confirmed dates are below.
8/11/2012 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power Of The Riff West
9/02/2012 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY @ The Power Of The Riff East
9/05/2012 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/06/2012 Black Cat – Washington, DC w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/07/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Dead In The Dirt
9/08/2012 Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/09/2012 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Dead In The Dirt