ATP Rocks the Catskills

Reporting live from Kutsher's, starring a loud-as-hell My Bloody Valentine

Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt, doing more with less
Abbey Braden for ATP
Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt, doing more with less

An extended silence sets the packed Stardust Ballroom on edge. One of the site's main benefits is the lack of a decibel limit; the walls of speakers loom ominous. The moment My Bloody Valentine saunter on, it's as if the intervening years never happened: Kevin Shields and band remain as blurry and androgynous as they seemed in their videos from 120 Minutes. And that sound . . . it's of a physicality beyond belief. I won't be using adjectives like "face-melting" and "head-expanding" lightly ever again. If anything, the feedback the band looses and channels during the 20 or so minutes of "You Made Me Realize" conjures a leviathan, wholly beyond human scale, nonchalantly making vertebrae, innards, and skulls vibrate throughout the room. Behind the din, the band is a tad rusty, but whatever: The chance to experience MBV after nearly 20 years feels not merely priceless, but ageless.

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