The Dik Diks Wet Confetti Botchii Riff Raff Rock Bar Thursday, July 10
Botchii is god.
I’m not saying you should worship them, but I do.
A two-piece with de-tuned guitars and a children’s drum set, Botchii opened the show at the Riff Raff this past week and blended speaker-rattling bursts of noise with their trademark nervous, odd-timed melodies, as well as hilariously obtuse intra-band banter.
Botchii uses the noise (as well as the physical act of making the noise) to tear apart rock-'n'-roll conventions and build it back up in their own distorted vision.
During one of the more impressive moments, lead singer/guitarist Tom Skowronski tipped his amplifier face first atop the screeching guitar he’d already flung to the stage. He then climbed on the wreckage and began dancing and screaming along with the noise, while a stream of late-comers passed by, hardly noticing his attempts to entertain.
Next was Portland three-piece Wet Confetti. With a tightly wound rhythmic approach akin to the Fugazi-inspired output of Washington, D.C.'s post-punk legions, Wet Confetti layered a dissonant dual-guitar whitewash over very insistent rhythms that had the moderate-sized Riff Raff audience undulating in approval.
Rounding out the night was pure rock and roll. Chico’s newest and best band, The Dik Diks, kicked out the jams! Leading the show was über-frontman Micah Warren, who moved like a spastic combination of Iggy Pop and Prince. Warren pushed his presence out there, throwing himself into a sexy, rocking dance party, while the rest of the Diks chugged out a refreshing soundtrack of late-'70s New York-inspired punk rock ‘n’ roll that brought my summer to life.