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Live Review: Drab Majesty at Non Plus Ultra 12/20

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Live Review: Drab Majesty at Non Plus Ultra 12/20

We were an hour overdue and loudness was all we could hear. Black metal and small talk warmed the atmosphere as the trio Exray's lined the stage — well it wasn't really a stage, but the gap made it seem otherwise. The intimacy of Trust a Robot and Jon Bernson's continued beckoning tightened spaces between the crowd and them, if only for the last two songs. And the crowd only got tighter as Naytronix followed, with an efficacious live set of Mister Divine — a medley of tambourines, cowbells, Costa Rican-inspired drumming, and Nate Brenner's resonant basslines.

Headliner Deb DeMure came forth with a bust of Apollo to bless the set, wearing a pink changshan to juxtapose. Drab Majesty showered the Non Plus with piercing guitar tones redolent of '80s wave, and we stood transfixiated in darkness. Up last, Creepers thanked those who stayed for the end — it was just us, friends, and the Non Plus residents. Their hard-hitting lysergic psych filled the near-empty space and burrowed deep into our ears. Shiv Mehra's SG came untuned, but even the discordant yaws felt at home as the last of the audience nodded on to synthetic screams and cacophonous overlays of Lush — loudness was all we could hear. And it was glorious. Check our Instagram @TheDeliLA for more pictures of the night. - Ryan Mo, photos by Michelle K. McCausland

Published: December 21, 2015 |

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