Lazy-i: October 8, 2003
w/The Close, 1989 Chicago Cubs
Monday, Oct. 13
Want more Enon?
Check out the June 2005 Lazy-i interview
with Enon's John Schmersal.
story is that of two bands and two sounds, whether you're talking
about the past or the present.
the band broke through with its first full-length, Believo! released
in June 2000, their sound was decorated with a curtain of noise
that often hid melodic diamonds in the rough. The mad musings of
Brainiac's John Schmersal and Skeleton Key's Rick Lee and Steve
Calhoon had a beating heart under a thick mucilage of distorted
later, the distortion fog has lifted on the band's just-released
full-length, Hocus-Pocus. In fact, Enon is altogether a different
band from those Believo! days. Though it still features Schmersal,
the trio now includes bassist/vocalist Toko Yasuda (ex-Blonde Redhead)
and drummer Matt Schulz. Gone are the gritty noise garnishments,
replaced by clear-headed electronic pop, as bright as a bell and
twice as piercing.
joined the band after Believo!, says the shift to simpler
sounds was a natural progression that became galvanized with 2002's
High Society. "With that CD, it became more about the songs,"
Schulz said while driving the band's van from Houston to Norman,
Oklahoma between gigs. "It was about finding the space for
everyone and really trimming the fat. It became a matter of recording
the songs and realizing what needed to be there and what didn't."
included an extra member, as the four-piece became a trio with the
departure of Steve Calhoon after High Society. "As a four-piece,
there was a lot of fighting for sonic space," Schulz said.
"We've now evolved into a more streamlined unit. We have more
freedom as a three-piece, and more space to fill."