Like Morricone emerging from the spaghetti Westerns both to define and transcend them, or the genius of Carl Stalling extracted from the Looney Tunes cartoons to which it so tightly cleaves and earning a reputation as freestanding serious Modernist music, sometimes support music wriggles free and insubordinate. In a strange case of art imitating art, the band Silencio has been interpreting Angelo Badalamenti’s compositions for Twin Peaks and additional Lynch films since 2011: long before the series revival. The expert six-piece ensemble with voice has leveraged the Millennial generation’s boundless fascination with Lynch into a storied career of their own, highlighted by two sold-out performances at the 2013 SXSW.
Silencio will be making two regional appearances. On Friday, August 25, The Falcon Underground in Marlboro presents organized a multi-act night of tributes to the music of the enduringly popular and recently revived television show Twin Peaks, which is to say the music of Angelo Badalamenti. Badalamenti’s evocative soundtracks (and songs co-written with series creator David Lynch) combine unironic sentimentality with jet-set swank and all kinds of creeping menace, which is just another name for “Lynch.”
Opening the Falcon Underground show is the emerging local instrumental trio the Rough Shapes, who will be performing Twin Peaks music as well. On their own, the Rough Shapes write music in a Lynchian vein: noir but good-humored guitar rock, rootsy but atmospheric. The band’s debut EP Frequency & Vibration is now available in all the usual places.
The show begins at 7 p.m. Per usual at the Falcon, there is no cover charge, but generous donation is encouraged in no uncertain terms. The Falcon Underground is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro. For more information, visit www.liveatthefalcon.com.
The next night Silencio heads north for a 9 o’clock performance at BSP in Kingston. It is a Twin Peaks-themed party presented by Queenston. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.bspkingston.com. BSP is located at 323 Wall Street in Kingston.