Warren Bedell gets foggy with No Funeral at Rhinoceropolis
Warren Bedell is one of the co-founders of Rhinoceropolis. But before helping establish that long-running DIY space, Bedell had been in the experimental post-punk/noise-rock band Zombie Zombie. And while living at Rhino, he had his hand in numerous projects, including Spellcaster, which showcased his towering guitar experiments; the post-punk quartet MVP; and the train-wreck performance art that was Spellcaster's Rock and Roll Time Travel Committee. With his most recent project, No Funeral (due at Rhinoceropolis this Thursday, November 8), Bedell performs in a dense fog worthy of SunnO))), illuminated by bright, strobing, shifting colors. Seeing the act live is a lot like seeing some quasi-mysterious electro band that's been taken not only to the next level, but to the one after that, as well. Fortunately, Bedell's deft mutation of electronic pop music, and the way he weaves it in with his impeccable sensibilities for noise and production, offers more than what could have been just an inspired gimmick.