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São Paolo Underground introduces new sounds

São Paolo Underground bringing Brazillian sounds to Lawrence through their music.
Cameron Carrus

São Paolo Underground bringing Brazillian sounds to Lawrence through their music. (Steph Courtney)

LU Weird got off to a — well, quite frankly — odd start on Friday night. The guitar and drum duo Ahleuchatistas played an hour-long set opening up for the keyboard, drum and trumpet trio, São Paolo Underground.

Ahleuchatistas began their set for an anxious crowd in the Esch-Hurvis Studio. A fuzzy, bassy sounding drone was looped on Shane Perlowin’s guitar. A wall of sound through the layering and development of a mirage of Ryan Oslance’s drum sounds led to a final crescendo. The drums settled into a break beat, perhaps the most accessible few seconds of their set, to begin the second song.

Throughout their set the duo pulled some quite creative tricks, some of which I had never seen before. Perlowin created a foundation for one song by fiddling with the cable in his input jack to create a thundering effect. He used an E-Bow to create a different color at times, too.

Oslance wore chains around his neck, bells on his ankles, and used various materials for drumsticks, including tree branches and PVC pipes. He also put a bed sheet over his drum set to deaden the sound, and would throw cymbals on the ground while reconfiguring his set during transitions to keep the noise going.