The best is noise

By MATT PARISH  |  August 11, 2009

"Boston culture is that we're supposed to hate it here, but I think it's amazing. People go to shows here. Shows can happen in good venues and are publicized. There are people who've been here their whole life and have been successful, and there's always a new crowd that goes out to shows, makes records, make tapes."

One new outfit is Perispirit, who'll be opening the show at Axiom this Saturday, an upstart electronics duo with Berklee roots and a label of their own (Semata Productions). "The sets just get unbearably tense and huge, laser-beam-focused," Stelzer explains. "I always feel put through the ringer after seeing them."

He continues, "I think noise is very similar to punk rock now. It's a lot of people doing a lot of little things — making records and tapes and touring when they can. It's back to that sort of grassroots, anti-academic, intuitive way of doing things. But nowadays, with the access to information, some kid making insane noise in his garage could likely have read the same stuff that guys in the schools have read. They might be reading John Cage.

"You can come to noise from so many different places. There's noise that comes out of hardcore, or comes out of industrial or metal."

It's the perfect argument for Stelzer's unassuming presentations. If there's no limit to where noise can come from, why limit who it can reach?

HOWARD STELZER + AARON MOORE + PERISPIRIT | Axiom Gallery, 141 Green St, Jamaica Plain | August 15 at 8 pm | $8 | www.axiomart.org

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