The spotlights reflect off the dark, hardwood floor of the Sala Master de La Radio U de Chile, splashing the performances in multicolored hues as the bands tear into the night in a flurry of scorching guitar and fizzing beats.
Dizzlecciko (photo by Gonzalo Morales Leiva)
The Sala Master is a circular room that broadcasts live acts for La Radio Universidad de Chile. The venue recently hosted the latest Sessiones Perdidas (Lost Sessions) for Perdidos en el Espacio (Lost in Space), a program dedicated to showcasing up and coming acts on the Chilean music scene. The session was especially important as it not only marked the program’s 17th anniversary, but also featured the launch of post-rock band Dizzlecciko’s first album.
El Sueño de La Casa Propia (photo by Gonzalo Morales Leiva)
The evening opened with El Sueño de La Casa Propia, a modern two-piece electronic act with a drummer and a DJ. Chirpy techno melodies perforated the air and it was refreshing to feel the base hits coincide with the drummer’s foot rather than just automating out of a speaker as is all too common at electro shows.
Continuing to build anticipation for Dizzlecciko’s launch, Dr. Pez appeared in the center of the stage. He was a brown-haired Merlin; a wizard coaxing rapidity out of his guitar while his outlandish cloak billowed around him.
While both openers were great, it became clear why everyone was waiting for Dizzlecciko. A quick count, a twirl of the drumstick, a screech of the amp and the show exploded.
Dr. Pez (photo by Gonzalo Morales Leiva)
While listening, everything I'd heard about the band fell into place. They have a very distinct style of music; no lyrics, no established patterns or favored rhythm. Initially befuddled by that description, it made sense when they started playing.
According to Ronny Muñoz, one of the band’s guitarists, "Dizzlecciko isn't just a name, but a way of life." The word itself, a play on the name of the learning disorder, brings to mind ideas of chaos and confusion. Each member contributes their own unique twist to the music, and the maelstrom of creativity forms into a sound that expresses a fusion of each person’s distinct background and mindset.
Alonso Belmar (photo by Gonzalo Morales Leiva)
"Without lyrics we express ourselves through emotion," explains Rodrigo Balladares, the band’s other guitarist. Themes and ideas are brushed aside for raw emotional experience delivered instantaneously as melancholy and fear juxtapose, and then the next moment sees serenity and excitement at odds. It’s difficult to do justice to just how drastic the turnarounds within each song are.
Each member takes turns feeling the intensity of the music. First, Balladares’ glasses fly off his face, seemingly colliding in mid air with the aurora of pure energy surrounding drummer Alonso Belmar. Then, suddenly, Francisco "Tanty" Castillo, the band’s bass player, starts making bird calls into the microphone before leaping back, as if shot, trying everything possible to blow out the speakers with his solo.
The flurry of music and the flurry of energy succeed in crafting something absolutely dyslexic: at times certainly a little backwards and confusing. The bands new album is called Dizzlecciko I and you can check them out on their Myspace page.
If you are interested in the Sessiones Perdidas schedule, full details are on the website.
La Sala Master is located at Miguel Claro 509, Providencia, a short walk from the Salvador Metro Station.