But those MP3s? Oh, they're really good. Which is why I was surprised that no one had ever said anything about the band before. Like, there was no, "Megan, have you heard of this great band, Ancille? Kind of jarring guitars, vocals that jump back and forth between screaming and spoken... real good stuff." Nope. Never a single word about them. Come to find out we even have mutual friends, the members of Ancille and I. So Dan, Julia, Nate, and Anna, you're all fired.
Anyway, thanks to Ancille being on top of their game, I got an advance copy of their debut record, The Flash and Hum (on West of January, which also put out the Asahi record). It's not an exhaustive listen, only seven songs, clocking in under 13 minutes, but while the ride is quick, it's definitely quality.
I like the way singer Kelly Aiken describes it. "We're aggressive without being hostile," he says. "We all like different stuff, from New Found Glory to Aphex Twin, so it's what comes out from each of us. Controlled chaos, maybe?"
He's right, it is really chaotic, but it's all very formulaic and organized at the same time. There's a method to the madness.
To properly release this record unto the masses, Ancille are having themselves a little CD release celebration at Ground Zero on Saturday, May 15. Raking Bombs, Blue Mouse Theater, Fourth and Drive, and Mikaela's Fiend are also playing, it starts at 7:30 p.m., and being only six dollars, you'll have enough cash left over to cough up the seven bucks for your own copy of The Flash and Hum.
So now, even if your friends are selfish jerks like mine who like to hog all the good bands for themselves, you too now know the goodness that is Ancille. I'm happy to help. MEGAN SELING