Heather Duby, United State of Electronica / Gigantic Brand Store / Oct. 16, 2004
The whole Gigantic enterprise is a really good idea. It’s a record label, clothing line, art gallery, film production company, and maybe some other things, all rolled up into one. Sort of like Roc-a-Fella. Or Vice. Or something. To celebrate the opening of their store, they threw a free, open-to-the-public party complete with complimentary drinks, music and useless goodie bags (anybody want a Fuse TV t-shirt or armband?) The store is one of those obnoxious little white boxes in Tribeca, but the video screens broadcasting emo videos (courtesy of Fuse) made it more tolerable.
Heather Duby sounds like Seattle—or at least mass media stereotypes of the city: Rainy. Gray. Glum. Arty. In need of coffee. Her songs were so sullen that it was surprising to hear her perk up in between and make comments about this being the first time she’s played in New York City and enjoyed it. Wow, really?
United State of Electronica, on the other hand, do not sound like stereotypical