Local band Positive No and Diversity Richmond featured on NPR All Songs Considered
Ahead of their new album, Glossa, dropping on Sept. 18th, RVA’s indie-pop wunderkinds Positive No got their new video featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered today. If you look close (or just open your eyes) you’ll notice the friendly rainbow colors of the Diversity Richmond building in the background for a number of scenes as well.
NPR’s Lars Gotrich had nothing buy praise for the RVA based band of Kenneth Close (guitar), James Menefee (bass), Willis Thompson (drums / percussion) , and Tracy Wilson (vocals), calling the new track and video “charmingly personal:”
In fact, many of the artifacts in the video come from the band’s own collections, including bassist Sadie Powers’ homemade Smashing Pumpkins board game from middle school (!) and a prop from the Sonic Youth ”Dirty Boots” video. Its members were also deeply entrenched in the scene: In the early ’90s, Tracy Wilson was the vocalist for Dahlia Seed, a heavy and angular emo band that split the difference between Drive Like Jehu and Sunny Day Real Estate during a time when both were still figuring out their own sounds.
Gotrich also noted the video’s comparison to the video being a parody of Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s cult documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot :
Have you ever been paid for a show with a bag of oranges? Dealt with a dude who says he’s on the list when only 10 people are going to show up anyway? Waddled through a maze of zine tables? Then you probably went to an indie-rock show in the ’90s… or been to an indie-rock show recently, for that matter.
It’s been a good week for RVA bands making it on All Songs Considered – check out Windhand’s sludge-metal masterpiece “Crypt Key” which got a nod earlier this week here via RVAMag.
Positive No was also featured in a recent print issue of RVAMag, check out a bit of the write up below and click through the link at the bottom for the rest of the article:
Positive No started over three years ago, but for a variety of reasons, the band took a while to get going. Yet from the start, there’s been a buzz surrounding their efforts.
It makes sense if you’re aware of the musical background shared by co-founders Tracy Wilson and Kenneth Close, but it also seems a bit peculiar to judge a group on expectations derived from past endeavors. Their past efforts shouldn’t be ignored; yet it can’t be denied that their current endeavors are equally, if not more, exciting.
The band got started due to a thought Close had while at a show. At this point in his personal history, he’d been out of the music scene for a while. “I watched a friend of mine play a show and I started to wonder why I wasn’t doing this,” he recalls. “It seemed like a missed opportunity. And the idea of playing in a band in my thirties didn’t seem like an absurd idea.” This newfound desire to make music culminated over a winter break in 2011. Aided by modern technology, Close began to write some songs. “One factor that made working on music a little easier was having a digital work station, as opposed to getting a four track out,” he explains. “You could immediately sense layers of songs beginning to form and take shape.”
As I sit in my office and type, I am listening to the beautiful music of the choir of a community of faith that meets in our building on Sundays. I am reminded once again of the strength and gentleness of our community. We can overcome anything. We have often proven that. We need to [...]September 27, 2016
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