Pop 1280 // Photo credit: Cory Butcher
By Cory Butcher
Sacred Bones’ art-noise-punk act Pop. 1280 played an intense show at The Know on a stormy Portland night. The wind wasn’t the only thing howling on Alberta street that evening, as the band played a loud, cacophonous set, blending elements of punk, no-wave, and dissonance into a maelstrom of strangely melodic noise. The band switched from a guitar and synth setup to dual synths, depending on the song, and vocalist Chris Bug’s throaty growl was reminiscent of Big Black-era Steve Albini. Near the end of their set, they played “Do the Anglerfish,” and trust me, if I had known how to do it, I would have. By the time they had finished the show, my ears were ringing, I wasn’t sure what I’d just seen, but I knew I wanted to see it again.