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The Tempers, Ononos, and Arrington de Dionyso at The Comet Tavern

Daniel Ahrendt / February 7, 2011

The Tempers (All Photos by Daniel Ahrendt)

The visual and sonic experience in The Comet Friday night warped my sensibilities. The Tempers mashed their sexually menacing electro with the monochrome funeral lust of Ononos. The aural cake was spiked from the get go with Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa, Olympia’s one and only purveyors of expert throat singing and Indonesian lyrics. As a result, the fist pumping college crowd inside Neumos that appeared whenever anyone tried to escape from the sold out Against Me! show became just a mass of writhing flesh in a giant concrete box. We had an egregious dance party and psychedelic sound transfusions.

Corina Bakker of The Tempers

You wouldn’t be able to tell from the twisted beats they play, but The Tempers are a family band. The Bakkers were “born and raised in Seattle,” doing hell knows what to produce this kind of music together. James Bakker utilizes four keyboards and bass and Chalia Bakker plays a drumset with too many pieces, a spacial issue more than offset due to her hair being the best hair in the world. You may not think that’s relevant but seriously, we the audience decided this. Best hair on earth. Anyway, both James and Chalia provide the rhythm for their glam banshee of a sister, Corina Bakker. She belts and sashays with the necrotic energy of Amanda Palmer and the Virgin Prunes fretting over a pregnancy test. Most of my skepticism over the instrumentally crowded stage and technical issues attached to said instruments vanished when she started screaming. The rest of it still exists due to James Bakker’s gold, sequin vest.


I can never recommend Ononos enough. Three guys in black and white costumes playing tainted electro fuzz themed around Yoko Ono is the perfect recipe for perverse partying. They will always be fun to see, especially if they dish out more digitized Misfits covers such as “Die, Die My Darling”.

Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa

Arrington de Dionyso was appropriate for the show in that the whole night was a drugged out miasma but I may have been one of the few people that came to specifically see them. Dionyso has been a fixture of K Records as the focal point of drone and jangle punks Old Time Relijun who started up in 1995 and are currently on hiatus. The Malaikat dan Singa appears to be Dionyso’s show case of his formidable arsenal of drone embellishments from his destroyed guitar picking to his bass clarinet grime blasts. His most infamous skill is his expert throat singing with which he issued forth streams of Indonesian words I’m fairly sure no one in The Comet understood. Regardless of whether I had any idea what he was saying, I would see them again in a heartbeat just for the gutted spiritual web they weave.

The elements that made Washington’s music scene weird are still lurking about. All three of these groups have pieces of the puzzle that we really need to put together. Or at least try. I doubt any of these groups will ever be sonically sober enough to complete it, which is how it should be.

The Tempers


Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa

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