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CMJ Photos: Half Moon Run, Ghost Wave, Traumahelikopter at FILTER's Culture Collide Showcase

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on October 21, 2013

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  • Photo: Traumahelikopter at Knitting Factory 2013 by Laura Baker-Finch

    Brooklyn, New York -- FILTER Magazine gave East Coasters a taste of their LA festival Culture Collide during CMJ Music Marathon.

    FILTER, partnered with Ikea Brooklyn, helped 12 bands play over two days at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. The only thing linking the bands? They were all international acts (typical Ikea). Our highlights from the showcase included Canada's Half Moon Run, New Zealand's Ghost Wave, and Trauamahelikopter from the Netherlands.

    Click through for our best shots and a review of each set.

  • Half Moon Run

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

    Montreal-based trio Devon Portielje, Dylan Phillips, and Conner Molander make up Half Moon Run, the two-years-young union that has wowed audiences across country lines since their 2012 debut of DARK EYES. The trio's folk elements, rhythmic harmonies, and complex arrangements combine to create a continuous soundscape that takes their audience through their set without letting them take their eyes off the stage or allowing their ears a moment of unplanned silence.

    All three play their fair share of instruments to create their layered live sound. Portielje pairs his lead vocals with guitar and the occasional percussion while Molander switches between harmonizing, guitars, keys, and samplers and Phillips manages to combine drums and keys simultaneously. It's a sight, but even better sound, to behold.

  • Half Moon Run

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Half Moon Run

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  • Half Moon Run

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  • Half Moon Run

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  • Ghost Wave

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

    Ghost Wave was recommended to me prior to CMJ, and were thus my main draw to the Knitting Factory Thursday afternoon. There's not much to be said of the New Zealand quintet's performance style, yet much to be said of their sound.

    Ghost Wave does their label proud, emulating Flying Nun Records' artists of the '80s yet infusing the shimmer of the decade with a modern surf rock appeal perhaps more closely associated with Captured Tracks, with which FNR partnered this year. The band doesn't merely hide behind lo-fi aesthetics or garage rock fuzz. These elements are present, yes, but so intelligently crafted that each layer is heard and appreciated before and while the overall sound booms from the amps.

  • Ghost Wave

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Ghost Wave

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  • Ghost Wave

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  • Ghost Wave

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  • Ghost Wave

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  • Traumahelikopter

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

    We've said it time and time again, the best part of CMJ is discovery. My experience of Traumahelikopter perfectly emulates our point. I arrived at the Knitting Factory just prior to 4pm, when Ghost Wave was meant to take the stage. Luckily for me, and not surprisingly, the showcase was running late - for once, I was happy it was.

    A three-piece punk band doesn't sound novel, but Traumahelikopter just may be. Ignoring the guitar, bass, drum format, these Dutch punksters utilize two guitars (Marka Lada and Daan van Dalen) and a stripped down drum set-up that has Roel van Merlot standing over his kit that consists solely of a floor tom, snare drum, and crash symbol. More unique than the chosen instruments is the lack of, well, a lack. Not once in the set did I wonder where a bassist was or wish van Merlot was sitting behind a traditional kit.

    Thanks CMJ, you've done it again.

  • Traumahelikopter

    Photos by Laura Baker-Finch

  • Traumahelikopter

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