So last week I wrote about my recently acquired fascination wth Farflung. I saw them play as a 4-piece last night at Bordello under the name The Sons of Cydonia. It was perfect. I know the band was somewhat uneasy with the short squad, but they gave me what I was looking for. Even down two guitarists, their sound is huge. It was basically all rhythm, and I was still getting chills. That may have been due in part to the 127.5 proof bourbon that fueled my evening, but the band contributed for sure. After the show, I gently pleaded with the drummer to give us a date in LA before they head off for Roadburn. He was non-committal, but suggested something may be happening with Ancestors at the end of next month. Those guys pummeled my ears the night before in a bloodletting sort of way. That would be a must-see show. I must also acknowledge the performance of the guests of honor, The Swords of Fatima, whose CD release was the whole reason for the event. A guitar and drums duo, their sound is unique, and everyone can play. Buka tunes her guitar like a banjo. Minimal singing with a sound like a surf band from the Subcontinent.