The Blow

The Blow

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

The Blow
The Blow
If I were to make you a list of the most moving concert experiences I've ever had, it would absolutely include two or three shows by The Blow. Chief among them was when Khaela + Jona played at Cinecycle and the dancing crowd surrounded Khaela in this way where we were all paying the same amount of physical attention to each other as we were to her, the feeling of performance was lost and it felt like we were stepping into a utopia.

After that incarnation of The Blow retired, Khaela and Melissa spent several years pursuing a sound, chasing it down, and they gave us last year's self-titled record. I went to see them play an "Unplugged" set at Union Pool last night and I didn't know what to expect. "The Blow has never disappointed me," I told my friends.

What happened next was incredible. Khaela and Melissa set up two synths opposite each other on the floor in front of the stage. Melissa was playing an old disk-drive driven sample based synth through an Eventide and a modular. The entire show was performed live, Khaela and Melissa teasing out the songs we knew from these synths. They had to take silent minute-long breaks between songs as Melissa loaded up the next disk. The sounds generated were closer to 60s experimental electroacoustic than anything else.

I felt as if The Blow had found this uncharted place between experimental electronic music and Khaela's near-pop songwriting that, for the first time in my life, took the sounds I've thought of as stark and icy and clinical and presented them as warm and embracing. I cried two times during the show. The first time was because I was witnessing the most profoundly affecting and successful show I'd ever seen, and that all 40 people present were feeling the same way. The second time I cried was because I sometimes feel so concerned for musicians when they reform their process, and I worry for them, that they will find the sound they're looking for, but when they find it and it is truly something new and original the effect is breathtaking.
Anyway go see The Blow Unplugged. They're doing it at Union Pool again next Wednesday and the Wednesday after. Travel to see them, or book them in your town.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/