For Lungfish, press is not a pressing issue

November 26, 1998|By Tamara Ikenberg

You know how, when someone ignores you, it makes them all the more attractive?

Well, the phenomenon is not only true of unhealthy relationships, it also extends to the indie rock world.

Lungfish, possibly the most accomplished band to come out of Baltimore, has been artfully evading the press and passively acquiring a devoted following since 1988.

Vocalist Daniel Higgs, guitarist Asa Osborne, bassist Nathan Bell and drummer Mitchell Feldstein have said they don't want any part of sell-out success a la big record deals and Rolling Stone covers. And they're not particularly concerned with your approval, either.

The enigmatic band combines aggressive, apocalyptic poetry, Higgs' gruffly melodic singing and ambient, grinding rhythms into collage-like compositions that, many critics say, seem to be a single song evolving with each of Lungfish's seven albums.

So, if you like the song, or want to hear it for the first time and experience the intensity of a live Lungfish performance, check out the musicians at the New Blood art and music event.

1% Just don't expect them to notice.

Lungfish performs along with the Wilderness on Saturday at the New Blood art show, 1601 Guilford Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 410-783-9675.

Pub Date: 11/26/98

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