Anti Pop Consortium to
play Engine Room
By Chris Goodier
Daily Cougar Staff
The underground Anti Pop Consortium convenes
at the Engine Room this Wednesday. Hailing from New York City, the trio
formed in 1997 with the
motto "Disturb the Equilibrium," establishing
a mission to counter ignorance in rap.
Lyrics void of Crystal, Beemers and booty
were born from the emcee trio's initial encounter at a downtown poetry
slam. Rhyme purveyors Priest, Beans
and M. Sayyid flow over the vinyl juggling
of E. Blaize.
"... (Initially) our style was an ill hybridization
of both rap and poetry," Priest said. "So we had love from both sides of
the fence." And the subterranean
movement began there.
Attempts at spreading their insightful
home-spun cassette series with a Xerox and sticker campaign put Priest
in jail under New York Mayor Rudolph
Giuliani's "Increase the Standard of Living"
After a brief stay, the Anti Pop Consortium
was back on the streets peddling its beat-ridden wares. Experimental heads
soon caught wind, leading to a
record contract with the esteemed Warp
label. Last fall, A.P.C.'s EP The Ends Against the Middle created a frenzy
of attention from music sources that
are far from rap-oriented. Riding high
off its latest release, Arrythmia, the Anti Pop Consortium is sure to keep
Opening will be the infectious cutting
of Houston's own Mathematic DJs. The wax sushi chefs are sure to show and
impress. The show starts at 8 p.m.
and tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.