Get a taste of the wild, weird and WTF tonight at Uncle Lou's at the Pre-International Noise Conference show


Trotsky's Watercooler
  • Trotsky's Watercooler
Every year, noise legend Frank Falestra, best known by his nom de guerre, Rat Bastard, emits a high-pitched whistling tone that attracts noise bands and scene fans from around the country. As they scuttle like vermin toward Miami and their King Rodent, more than 150 bands will stream through the state of Florida on their way to the five-day fest.

Along the way, various pre-INC shows coalesce, and Orlando gets its treat-before-the-meat again this year Monday night – 11 bands, all hewing to the time-honored “15 minutes and GTFO” rule of INC as they drone, distort, scream and circuit-bend. Dea Lapsus’ performances as Norse Shit Band (Lakeland) resemble an amplified exorcism or tantrum, as she rolls on the floor shrieking, giggling, and breaking everything she can get her hands on, while Orlando’s own Trotsky’s Watercooler wrings improvised mats of squelch and rattle and buzz from a roomful of modified and home-built analog synths, pedals and effects stations. If you survive Monday at Lou’s, you should consider a road trip to Miami to witness the main event. 

with Electr(on)ic Chakra, Laghima, Trotsky’s Watercooler, Bacon Grease, Crustgirls, Dogs in Reverse, LS/CM/DR, Sharp Pain, Cave Moth, Shortwave Freq, Norse Shit Band | 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 | Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall, 1016 N. Mills Ave. | 407-898-0009 | free

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