I Almost Saw GOD in the Metro
I Almost Saw God in the Metro
These demo recordings are all that remains of I Almost Saw God in the Metro's ambitious third release. The studio sessions were accidentally destroyed and the group disbanded before the sessions could be re-recorded. A fascinating glimpse into what would have could have been the group's finest record.
Live at the Earl
I Almost Saw God in the Metro
I Almost Saw GOD in the Metro were an early electro group known for their weird name, catchy songs, theatrical shows and complete lack of a bass player. Formed in late 2001 by David Noel (vocals/guitar/synthesizers), Blake Helton (Minimoog) and Wynn Muse (drums), the band's definitive lineup included Zachary Hollback (bass synths and Theremin). IASGITM released two albums, The Sound I Want to Make Is Only in My Head, and Silver Dust of the Funk Age before splitting up in 2005. Fool's Errand has released a new anthology of the best of I Almost Saw GOD in the Metro entitled Desperate Hits. Noel would go on to front the seminal space rock group, Plastic Overlords, and ultimately Heavy Leef.
I Almost Saw God in the Metro leaves a lasting impression
by Chad Radford Dec. 18, 2002
The Earl, Dec. 13 — The image of Steve "Six Million Dollar Man" Austin leaping over a 10-foot fence has become a calling card of sorts for Atlanta trio I Almost Saw God in the Metro. The image, an endless video loop projected onto the group's bass drum during live performances, is not just eye candy — it's an allegorical take on the music.
As the scene plays out over and over again, the awkwardness of it all is intensified. Yesterday's vision of the future, with man and machine merging into one righteous superpower, never came to fruition. But IASGITM's organic and mechanical parts attempt to get the balance right. Friday night at The Earl, the group's position, sandwiched between Jackonville, Fla.'s Cadets and Atlanta's Silent Kids — acts that place human sentiment at the forefront — emphasized the mechanics that make up all three groups.
Three-fourths of the Cadets got the night in motion around 10:30 p.m., performing an hour-long set of guitar and vocal harmonies. Though they're normally a quartet, the drummer's absence made the Cadets' sound like a tree-hugging take on indie-rock — somewhere between Pavement and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Three wide-eyed guys strumming acoustic guitars and singing about their daily routines is about as inoffensive and adaptable as opening acts come, and the Cadets played the role well.
Soon, members of IASGITM took their places behind a wall of keyboards. Band regulars David Noel (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Wynn Muse (drums), plus Zach Hollback standing in for regular keyboardist Blake Helton, delved into a mixed bag of influences. Songs like "The Silkworm Threads Its Way" and "Surveillance," from the group's self-titled debut, recall the heady paranoia of Cabaret Voltaire and Joy Division, while "Flies Caught in Amber" and "I Saw the Future (Going Downtown)" embrace the artful throb of Wire, Love and Rockets, and early Public Image Ltd. Seeing the songs played live only amplified the murkiness holding each one of them together.
Having functioned as a group for less than six months — tonight's show being only its fourth — IASGITM has established itself in record time. On stage the group's presence congeals like that of seasoned professionals. Noel's impenetrable energy as he sings and alternates between guitar and keyboard...