Calla | News | January, 2002
- Created on Saturday, 26 February 2011 22:01
When: Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 8:00pm
Where: Tonic (107 Norfolk Street, 212.358.7501
Help us celebrate the release of the new Birdwatcher album out on Arena Rock Recordings.
From The Gear 100 Most Exciting People, Places and Things on the Planet (Gear Magazine Jan/Feb 02 issue):
#77 Calla: Blending the pillowy noise of My Bloody Valentine with the guttural digressions of Nick Cave, Calla is leading the race for the title of the American Radiohead.
Recent Live Review:
From The New York Times, Dec. 26 2001, The Sound of Old Wounds That Can Never Quite Heal By Jon Pareles
It was dirge night at the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, when the Angels of Light and Calla shared a bill. Tempos were slow and deliberate; instruments droned and tolled. Yet the bands were as dissimilar as landscape paintings and still lifes, as the Angels of Light let their music expand panoramically, while Calla kept its songs tightly contained. Calla was no less depressive, but it tiptoed through most of its set, including an announced tribute to George Harrison, his song "Long, Long, Long." The band is a trio of Texans transplanted to Brooklyn, and its most recent album, "Scavengers" (Young God), was produced by Mr. Gira. But its musical homes are late-1970's England, when bands like Joy Division were devising haggard mope-rock; the California retreats of Neil Young; and the after-hours New York of the Velvet Underground. Most of Calla's songs began without drums, as Aurelio Valle played an isolated guitar chord or two and sang a few words in a near whisper, musing through lines like "They set you up to fall, forget it." Wayne B. Magruder's drumbeat, when it came, was measured and patient; the guitar sometimes took on feedback or distortion without getting any louder, and more rarely led the band into a buildup that provided no release. The songs accepted despair without surprise or expectations.