HEALTH at Sneaky Dee’s (431 College), Thursday (June 17), midnight. $15 or NXNE wristband/pass. nxne.com.
The guys in Health tempted the gods of awkwardness last year when they invited one lucky fan to live with them for three days.
The L.A. noise rock band offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which included airfare, a trip to an amusement park and breakfast in bed, through a golden ticket hidden in their second album, Get Color. To everyone's relief, the experience wasn't that uncomfortable.
"We were worried. I'm sure he was, too," says lead singer Jake Duzsik shortly after returning from a gig in Portugal.
"But we flew the guy out from New York and he was really cool. We didn't put him in a hotel. He just crashed on our couches. We went and got burritos with him and drank a bunch of beer - shit like that."
If anything, the experience demonstrates Health's commitment to pleasing their fans. The band is known for its Eyjafjallajökullesque shows - blistering eruptions of noise, distortion and wailing vocals. Fans walk in with Justin Bieber hairstyles and leave with Jersey Shore ones.
It's something the four-piece has in common with buddies Crystal Castles, with whom they released a split 7-inch in 2007. CC worked with Health on their second remix album, Disco2 (Lovepump United/City Slang/Pop Frenzy ), out June 22.
In fact, Health invest so much energy in their live show, they wish people would spend a bit more to see them.
"The price of underground DIY shows is still $5 after 25 years, which is fucking ridiculous," says Duzsik. "Those prices are from when gas was under a dollar."
If there's one thing HEALTH take very seriously, it's their live show
Duzsik talks about the band's recent visit to the Iberian Peninsula: "It's as close to vacation as touring gets"
When he's not giving fans the Maxell commercial experience live on stage, Jake is reading Didion and McCarthy
HEALTH on MySpace
HEALTH's second MySpace page - this band's too big for just one MySpace!