Mark Osborne put together a real treat for fans of all things heavy and weird at Strange Matter last Thursday with locals Dumb Waiter and Bermuda Triangles supporting New York post metal supergroup Ex Eye.
Its not often you see a bill of three experimental bands with saxophones, and even less frequent that those bands tread totally distinct sonic territory. But that was the beauty of the bill, as Dumb Waiter opened with a scorching set of new and old cartoonishly mathy jams then Bermuda Triangles unleashed a noisy, in-your-face floor set.
While the members of Ex Eye may not be household names to everyone, their prolific output individually and their debut record released earlier this year speak for themselves.
Led by experimental saxophonist Colin Stetson, the group also features drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy), producer and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Ceramic Dog) on synths and former Virginia native Toby Summerfield on guitar.
Its hard to imagine a more instrumentally talented band, and their live set was nothing short of astounding. It goes without saying that was one of the most memorable performances to hit Strange Matter in a long time.
Check out photos by Craig Zirpolo below: