Super Ballet ⟡ Model/Actriz

Galeria Zé dos Bois

Model/Actriz ©Lily Frances

Throughout the 1990s, there was in some pop/electronic music a discomfort caused by the end of the century, increased by the millennium change, the so called “Pre-Millennium Tension” that gave title to Tricky’s album. The world didn’t end, in the 2000s the rock coming from the United States, especially New York, sometimes associated with noise or the post-punk/new wave skeleton granted happiness and liberation from what didn’t happen. The pre-millennial anxiety, or tension, was an illusion that passed, that ceased to hold. More than three decades later, the way one is clinging to technology, addiction, and how artificial intelligence is projected is creating other kinds of anxiety, tensions, also linked to an idea of no future, associated with climate change and, it seems, a desire for self-destruction of the human being, whether through capitalism or the essence itself. And, yes, this is a text about Model/Actriz. So, let’s talk about them: their debut album, “Dogsbody” encapsulates this malaise transformed into carpe diem without shit. An album that lives in the moment and wants to die in the moment. Fast and Furious or live fast and die young. Stuff like that, but not to be worn on a t-shirt.

Brooklyn resident quartet made up of Cole Haden (vocals), Jack Wetmore (guitar), Ruben Radlauer (drums) and Aaron Shapiro (bass), who have been around since the middle of the last decade, went through the school that taught many relevant bands in New York at the beginning of the century: they’ve been playing for years (since 2016), editing in discreet formats and now they finally see the light of the world with an album that offers so and so much at the same time. Like the times we live in. Produced by Seth Manchester (Lingua Ignora, Body, Battles), “Dogsbody” turns that aspirational anxiety of the 1990s into a real thing. Today’s anxiety/tension aren’t inspired by a date change, or an unknowable future being projected, they’re real from a world that builds information and ways of communicating at a speed you can’t process. So there is a lot of technology in “Dogsbody”, just as there is sex, an unbridled struggle with the body and with making it win, live, use, and destroy itself. This living on the edge touches the aspirations of the rock of the beginning of the century (one thinks immediately of Liars, but also of Black Dice, Sightings or Wolf Eyes), especially because Haden doesn’t sing, declaims, whispers, and this transforms the experience of listening to Model/Actriz in the transcendent that knows how to live the present. A living of explorations of the sensations of existing, of being a young adult today, without fear of tomorrow. Therefore, live they are also intense, they confront the audience, they make it exist in the experience with them. Because life is a constant explosion. And the music of Model/Actriz explodes at every moment, without any notion of future. Because he might not be here tomorrow and Model/Actriz are here today. AS

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