Pretty much everything that could be said about SUNN 0)))
already has been said. The New York Times described their live sound as “like buildings crumpling in slow motion. A
fantastic, physical, indeterminate sound.” Also, we know they are loud. What you might not catch from these reviews, however, is an accurate depiction of the simultaenously vicious and gentle effect the music has on the entire body.
My ears are particularly delicate. I’ve been known to leave Pixar
movies because they’re too loud. But it’s not like I didn’t know what I was
getting myself into. So I went to Guitar Center before the show and dropped
close to 20 bucks on the nicest pair of earplugs they had.
Spoiler alert: it wasn’t enough.
PHOTOS: Sunn 0))) and Dead In The Dirt @ Coolidge Corner Theatre
Going into the theater was a bit like waiting in line for a
haunted house. Footsteps made no sound on the carpet, and people took turns
peering into the tiny window on the door that led to the theater, hoping to
capture a glimpse of the foggy dungeon the Coolidge had become.
Dead In The Dirt played with Sunn 0)))’s amps, and were
arguably just as loud. People headbanged in their seats with their arms up,
like a concert at a retirement center.
When the first note struck, my eyes shot open and my hands
shot to my ears. Thanks a lot, Guitar Center, these earplugs you sold me are
crap, though it might have been naïve of me to assume that any preventative
measures would actually be effective. At one point, the cartilage in my nose
shook so violently that I wound up in a sneezing fit. Across the front of the
stage, spilled beer jumped, bounced and showered across the front row like a mini
Sea World splash zone from hell.
This is the type of music that no recorded audio could ever
do justice. The vibrations of a 125-decibel wall of sound numb the body and
bring it to a meditative state, allowing the listener to feel something close
to levitation or even an out-of-body experience. At the very least, everyone
has the chance to break down into existential gloom for a few hours.