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Origami @ Hemlock Tavern

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco, California, USA

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Erase Errata / Clipd Beaks / Origami

Café Du Nord

San Francisco, CA

November 12, 2006

Latecomers to the Nov. 12 Erase Errata show at Café Du Nord would have fallen prey to the most rapacious self-kicking, as the show proved to be the most definitive foil to a lax attendance ethic since Franz Ferdinand opened for The Fiery Furnaces.


The night began with Origami, who recently made the trans-Pacific switch from Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco, and brought with them a mighty brand of garage punk heavily echoing seminal ‘60s groups like The Kinks and The Sonics. Singer Rhonda Simmonds owned the stage with a microphone-twirling, guitar-dueling charisma unmatched by anyone who played afterwards. The angular, energetic, guitar-bass interplay between Ilana Goldbarg and Natalie White was spectacular. Simply put, Origami played its set as if it was the headliner.


An experiment in psychedelic chaos, Oakland’s Clipd Beaks followed, integrating elaborate shoegazer textures with undulant rhythms reminiscent of freak-funk outfit !!! (Chk Chik Chick). Uber-vocalist Nic Barbeln evoked the mania of a shaman in trance, screeching into two microphones at once, blasting a trumpet into an effects loop, gyrating through the crowd and occasionally waving a rubber snake.


Although Clipd Beaks teemed with an abundance of worthy ideas, their set lacked a constructive delivery and suffered as a result. Though their energy was remarkable, their presentation felt muddled, disorganized and too loud for its own good. Loud, aggressive rock ‘n’ roll certainly has its appeal, but when drums get drowned out by feedback, it might be wise to consider a change in approach.


Erase Errata’s set crackled with disaffected drama thanks to singer/guitarist Jenny Hoyston who, at one point, with a trumpet in one hand and a bottle of Amstel Lite in the other, tossed her ax to the floor and played it with her foot. Although the band derived a lot of its stage presence from Hoyston’s antics and snarling vocals, Erase Errata’s rhythm section formed the backbone of its live show. Bassist Ellie Erickson’s crisp and playful licks and drummer Bianca Sparta’s syncopated, cowbell-spiked beats kept the crowd moving throughout the entire 10-song set.


The women of Erase Errata have boasted that they could improvise an entire performance. Judging by how easily they transitioned from tuning up into the first song, “Cruising,” and then played straight through “Rider” before pausing for applause, this claim seems well justified. The noise-rock trio muscled through a strong set comprised mostly of new material from the album Nightlife. Erase Errata ended with a boisterous rendition of “Tax Dollar” before being called back for an encore and punctuating the evening with a blazing version of “Owls.”


-Review by Andres Jauregui; photo by Molly DeCoudreaux

- Performer Magazine Jan 2007


It's not often that any attention is paid to music hailing from Down Under, but the ex-pat Aussie lassies that make up Origami are well worth a listen. The influences on their latest EP, Crusing For Aa Bruising, are absolutely All- American. If Sleater-Kinney and Le Tigre were to join forces, they'd probably end up somewhere near Origami's dance-inducing punk rock.
The familiarity continues in the vocals of Rhonda Simmonds which slide from sounding like Kathleen Hanna on "Strobe Light" to a dead ringer impression of the Gossip's Beth Ditto on "Tiger" (what she's like)." The steady bass of Natalie White and the dynamic drumming of Lara Bartolo provide a perfect back-beat for Simmonds' addictive melodies and wandering guitar. The open song, "Frisco Disco" is Origami's most unique track and is definitely the shining star of the record. - Rebekah Ann Meek
- VENUSmagazine


I don't care that this sounds like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile's lost tour mates. Drivin' way too fast in my '65 Fairlane, I was blaring Origami for the first time, and fuck they caught me off guard. This is one gem of a record. From the opening fuzzed out bass I was taken back to the great Bikini Kill single produced by Joan Jett. It is that powerful and sounds so in your face. With the guitar used sparingly, or not at all. Again this short format help Origami, as it's over before you would like. By the time I got home from my drive, I already knew half the lyrics and was singing along as if it was a worn out LP off my shelf. Look out for Origami to make a BIG splash. Rhonda Simmonds is supposed to be a beast live, with a ferocity that is not to be outdone. (EA) - PUNK PLANET magazine


Le Tigre/Electrelane/Origami LIVE at Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa

Australian band Origami, who sounded like a dressed-down version of Le Tigre them selves, open the show.

Their performance was intensely energetic, with front-woman Rhonda Simmonds (formerly of Ninetynine with Sleater-Kinney drummer Laura MacFarlane) leading the way.

New drummer Erica Lewis, all spiky blond hair long arms, provided beats that shook the masses into a dancing mood. Origami became surpise crowd darlings, even emerging to sign autographs afterwards. - Tracy Pfeiffer Satellite Correspondent


So I was trying to think of a reason (purely as an excercise) why someone might not like the newest Origami release, and I could only think of the usual ones: deaf, stupid, doesn't like rock. The Poet Moritz has called Rhonda Simmonds "the female Mick Jagger" but I reckon, what does the poet know, she is THE Mick Jagger, and that's all there is to say. Except that she has a lot more to say that cannot be said here and...Natalie White is a bass player without compare and with unforgettable precision. Lara Bartolo is preheaps the best drummer presently playing in Melbourne, if not the world. That the three of them could co-exist in one room is in itself incredible but that they have made a record of seven of the most extraordinary pieces of angular, funky, exotic, tropical punch pop is, well, similarly incredible. It might be that a record this good could not be made, and yet, I have it in front of me. If Origami ever do better, people will get hurt. I suppose beyond this, all is possibility.
DAVID NICHOLS
(writer of The Go-Betweens) - Beat Magazine Number 54


Discography

LOVERS IN AMERICA EP - Release date TBD 2007 (Shock Records, Australia)
Cruising for a Bruising EP (Shock Records, Australia) 2004
Please Exit Quietly LP (Shock Records, Australia) 2003
Better Luck Tomorrow Soundtrack (MTV films) 2003
Calling All Kings and Queens (Mr. Lady) 2003
Meaure Up LP (Babyroo Records, Japan) 2002

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After establishing themselves as one of Melbourne, Australia’s favorite live bands, 2006 saw Origami transplanted to San Francisco where, with a rejuvinated line up, they are currently finalizing their upcoming release LOVERS IN AMERICA (due for release early 2007) with Alex Newport (engineer for Mars Volta, At the Drive In etc.).

Combining the raw energy of punk rock and no wave with the pop sensibilities of 60’s surf Origami’s front woman Rhonda Simmonds is fast getting a reputation as one of the most dynamic performers around, passionate ‘call and response’ vocals with angular tag-team guitar / bass lines of Natalie White and Ilana Goldbarg backed by the incredible driving beats of drummer Matthew Snyder Origami have quickly become a popular live sensation as well as a critical favorite.

Origami released their debut album Please Exit Quietly in late 2003, the first single 'She's got the Rhythm' received national and international radio play the band followed this with an extensive four-month tour of the USA, Australia and Europe. During those four months the band supported and toured with the Breeders, Sleater-Kinney, the Von Bondies, Mates of State and The Gossip to name a few around the globe.

Origami then released Cruising for a Bruising a little over a year later This EP contained the single, "Frisco Disco" which received high rotation on Australia's biggest youth radio station Triple J, their second single ‘O Beach Party’ (also received high rotation on music video show 'Rage'). The band packed its bags and did a whirlwind tour of Japan ending the tour in Tokyo alongside Melt Banana, Origami played to a sold out crowd. The touring schedule did not let up and when the band returned home they were asked to support The Organ (Canada) on their tour of Australia and then invited to play the biggest touring festival the Big Day Out alongside other Australian bands such as Wolfmother and international acts The Beastie Boys.

In July-August 2005 during the relocation and drummer search the band were invited to support Le Tigre alongside Electrelane in the USA. Since relocating to San Francisco, Origami have played alongside bands including Be Your Own Pet, The Grates, Erase Eratta and continues to wow crowds wherever they play.