Concert Reviews

Meet The Vliets, a Dallas-Affiliated Band That Calls The Internet Their Hometown

The Vliets (Pronounced Vleets) describe themselves as 'experimental rock' , which seems an accurate enough description if you're a fan of understatement. If their name offers any indication, it's an homage to Don Van Vliet, the experimental musician better known as Captain Beefheart, a longtime collaborator of Frank Zappa's.

Lead singer Ty Bohrnstedt's lyrics are soft and deliberately indecipherable, the melodies wavering and psychedelic, creating both a throwback and ultra modern sound, at times sunny and reminiscent of the Velvet Underground, and at times as climactic as Arcade Fire. Unlike all other groups who have beat the trend of post-modern rock to death, The Vliets use synthesizers, impressive pre-recorded electronic beats and focused and reliable, perhaps even monotonous, drums.

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Eva Raggio is the Dallas Observer's music and arts editor, a job she took after several years of writing about local culture and music for the paper. Eva supports the arts by rarely asking to be put on "the list" and always replies to emails, unless the word "pimp" makes up part of the artist's name.
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