by Tara Morgan
Husband and wife duo Mr. Gnome has figured out the delicate balance between whisper and wail. Singer and guitarist Nicole Barille lets loose a teeter-totter of ethereal coos and banshee screams, matched by equally mercurial guitar strums and wild shredding. Drummer Sam Meister backs Barille’s finely curated chaos with thunderous precision.
The song “Bit of Tongue” off the Cleveland duo’s latest full length, Madness in Miniature, is perhaps the best example of this balancing act. The first half of the track is filled with breathy indie pop la la las, before squealing feedback signals the beginning of the distortion-filled, drum-crashing end.
Mr. Gnome is gearing up for the release of a new EP, Softly Mad, due out Tuesday, March 20. According to the group’s publicist, the new EP represents “more of a softer, somber side of the band.”
You can watch Mr. Gnome descend into soft, miniature madness at Treefort Music Fest on Friday, March 23, from midnight-1 a.m. at The Red Room.
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