As I hammer away at the keys, Ravens and Chimes from Brooklyn, NY hammer at their own with a brief set (all sets on the Day Stage are a scant twenty minutes long) of piano-and-synth-driven jangly pop. Dare I say, cute? Well, it’s a good eye-(or, ear-)opener.
Heading in to the land of wax (ok, ok, Serato), Chicago, DJ duo The Hood Internet kicks out the jams mano-a-mano on the ones-and-twos, mashing up everything from MIA to Phil Collins in an intentionally brash, but nonetheless skilled fader collision sesh.
So, it’s a bit odd to kick off the rock-fest in the confines of the Austin Convention Center; but singer/songwriter David Dondero (www.myspace.com/davedondero) is the leader of this experience, and he is performing in the convention center’s SESAC (originally, the Society of European Stage Authors & Composers, which is oddly, currently based out of Nashville, TN…) Day Stage.
Regardless of location, Dondero is an amazing writer of both music and lyrics; and has become recognized in the wake of the popularity of Saddle Creek founder and artist Conor Oberst. This is a strange fact, as Dondero in actuality has been a huge influence on Oberst’s style, having been making music far longer that the Nebraskan sprite; but Oberst just happened to make that quivering, emo vocal style hip with the kids first.
July 30, 2008
First off, the name: Does It Offend You, Yeah? It’s always slightly uncomfortable to utter it to people who haven’t heard of them, because you know exact what reaction you’re going to get. All you can do is shrug and reassure them, “Just trust me; they’re good.”
Here’s the skinny: In the early days, the group was much slimmer, consisting only of Dan Coop (synths) and James Rushent (bass, vocals). They were contemplating a name simply so that they could put their music online. They decided to switch on the television and use the first line they heard. It was the British version of The Office, and Ricky Gervaise (playing David Brent) said, “Does it offend you, yeah? My drinking?” And there you have it.