|AMM Photos by Christina Marx|
By Paul Acquaro
About mid-way through AMM's second set of the evening at Berlin's Exploratorium, my mind wandered to the street that I lived on in central N.J. for thirteen years. When I moved in, the street was lush with majestic oaks and maples. Then, over the years, the large shade trees began disappearing. Some because of age, some from freak climate change storms, some from when the utility company repeatedly and mercilessly hacked at them, and finally, many more as a good number of idiot homeowners with no sense took them down.
People Band performed a memorable show. Tonight's should prove to be as well. The first set was quiet - starting with Tilbury rubbing at the piano's keyboard cover and Prévost supplying a gentle response. At times it was so quiet that a bottle cap dropping in the audience was almost as loud (no, it wasn't me). At the pause between sets, some audience members were restless, but the second set set everything right. Rowe's electronics played a bigger role, and at one point generated a drone that the others began sculpting around. (Rowe's gear is quite fascinating, as he has a small practice guitar neck attached to a Nintendo DS with custom software. I don't recall a laptop or too many other things with dials and knobs).
One clarification, while I thoroughly enjoyed the AMM show, the vanishing trees really make me sad.