Jeremy Jermaine Jerome is back, and he brought his friends
blog by Ben Kirst • November 29, 2012 @ 1:56pm
Say this about Jeremy Jermaine Jerome: he knows how to get into your head.
A tad mysterious—JJJ has alluded, in conversation, to a vagabond past, changing residencies from Buffalo to the American South and even a stint in England—the young musical artist has networked the underground like a professional, earning coverage in Artvoice, buffaBLOG and, yes, Buffalo.com. When JJJ takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Soundlab (110 Pearl St., Buffalo)—a show he claims will be “the greatest performance in the history of Buffalo, NY”—he will be joined by a pair of stalwarts from the city’s burgeoning hip-hop scene: Essential Vitamins Crew lyrical wizard Spec-Ill K and beat-boxing master Scantron. The work of red-hot local visual artist Max Collins will also be on display. Tickets are $10 at the door for this 18 and over show.
The uniquely handlebar-mustachioed musical artist/experimental filmmaker has made ripples in the local scene with his low-fi, noise-drone EP Weapon: Canonization, which he released under the name Just Ending Now earlier this year. He has also dropped a pair of surreal music videos—an anxious, hallucinatory walk through the backwoods of North Carolina simply entitled ‘- - - - -,’ , and a homegrown effort, “Integrate,” featuring JJJ running wild (literally, at times) through the blighted streets of Buffalo.
The imagery of JJJ’s film work, which often draws on powerful religious and political symbols, is underscored not only by the cacophonic, bass-thundering beats he chants over but also by the unsettling familiarity of the visuals: the forests, the railroad tracks, the junkyards, the laundromats, the abandoned buildings, the modest backyards are all parts of scenes that could have been lifted from the memories of almost anyone who came of age in Western New York.
Support local music—support local art—support the metaphysical riddles and dynamic creativity exploding from the streets of our city. Get to Soundlab on Saturday night.