Sept. 16, 2004
FRIDAY • 17
THE LATE BP HELIUM We must say that we're a touch, um, weary
when it comes to Of Montreal, Elf Power and the entire now-fragmented
Elephant 6 scene. What was once an inspired storm of psychedelic
creativity has bumbled its way into being a navel-gazing coven of
semi-fey dorkiness. Bassist Bryan Poole – who played with both Of
Montreal and Elf Power – is but one of many cross-band collectivists to
emerge from E6's Athens nucleus, but when it comes to his own project,
The Late BP Helium – we must say that we're almost ready to take back
all the horrible things we said about our ruined expectations.
Reverting to the wide-eyed pop mysticism that made early E6 endeavors
so interesting, Poole/BP Helium is willing to try anything on his
records. Though drenched in sugary pop, Poole summons up a multitude of
sonic ideas and, most importantly, is unafraid to rock when necessary.
(with Of Montreal, Sugar Oaks; 9 p.m. at Will's Pub, 407-898-5070; $8)