Dada Trash Collage

There are a number of influences rippling through Dada Trash Collage's abstract pop, from the Beach Boys to the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. Of course, the most obvious precedent is Animal Collective, a comparison that songwriter William Freed acknowledges is easy to make. "I love that band, and the press they deserve, but I don't want to be Minneapolis's answer to Animal Collective and I don't want people to think of me as a crappier version of them," Freed says. For Freed, Dada's sound stems more from his approach to music than any sort of imitation. "The thing I love about this band is taking something that isn't pretty and making it pretty with [samplers and other instruments]. A lot of that interest comes from just liking sounds but also wanting to make music," he explains. "For example, when I'm playing guitar, I like making sounds—not just playing guitar, but making sounds and figuring out ways to do things with the guitar." (Photo by Steven Cohen)
Fri., Nov. 5, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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