When I first arrived in Baltimore, I was skeptical of the neon-and-spandex aesthetic of the local DIY culture, but this past weekend finally and completely changed my mind. Whartscape 2010 started off rather low-key, with some inspiring performances by local comedians, dancers, and theater troupes at the Charles Theatre, the highlights being the motion capture demonstration by Alan Resnick and the ventriloquism routine by April Camlin.
Teeth Mountain’s Kate Levitt and Andrew Burt along with Jonathan Coward aka Shams and Brian Blomerth aka Narwhalz perpetrated a silly publicity stunt by appearing on Judge Judy with a fake case about Coward killing Levitt’s cat by throwing a TV.
Baltimore’s Teeth Mountain create pulsing, shamanistic, tribal-sounding tracks from a bunch of floor toms, cello, mandolins, keyboards, saws, and whatever else they can get their hands on. The chaotic music they make is noisy, roughly-hewn, and impulsive-sounding, but that seems to be the point. They’re trying to evoke a sort of post-apocalyptic primitivism. It will [...]