Disappearer Overcome Broken Strings And Genre Modifiers
“Mike from Phantom Glue in the house? Mike from Phantom Glue in the house?” asked Disappearer guitarist Thomas Moses. It was the inevitable, “I just broke a string” cry for help.
Justin Foley from the Austerity Program — who also played on May 2 at Union Pool — was already digging through his red and handy toolbox to give the fellow guitarist a new string. “What size do you need?” he asked. But for some reason, Moses needed Mike from Phantom Glue — the band that opened the show that Sunday night.
“It’s going to be a quiet ride back to Boston. Somebody f—ed up. Somebody should have brought another guitar. Somebody should have brought strings,” Moses joked after frontman Jebb Riley ran out of jokes and funny stories to tell the crowd. Moses and Riley quickly recovered once the guitar was restrung. And everyone went back to headbanging.
Disappearer’s Metal-Archives page stamps the band with the genre ‘melodic atmospheric sludge.’ Normally, that would be a reason to make fun of them. C’mon! Really? A genre doesn’t need that many modifiers. Yet, after watching Disappearer, I can’t find a better way to describe them myself. Their set was heavy but it was also a bit dreamy like post-rockers Caspian.
If you are a fan of Big Business, My America, Torche or even the Austerity Program, be sure to check out the band’s debut album, ‘The Clearing.’ It was released in 2009 on Magic Bullet Records.