If you've caught Hell's Belles one of the hundred times they've played Boise, you've seen Adrian Conner wailing on the guitar--and often shirtless--as a female version of Angus Young in the all-female AC/DC tribute band. You also may have seen Conner fronting her own band Adrian and the Sickness--stylized as Adrian (&theSickness). She's a force to be reckoned with, her long dreadlocks whipping around like the arms of a sea creature as she delivers an assault of pop-rock tunes, expending enough energy at each show to power the Boise Weekly offices for a month. Conner is on the road supporting the newest--and maybe the last--Adrian and the Sickness album, Be Your Own Saviour. She's not going retiring or anything, just moving away from and-the-Sickness.
"The next album I put out will be ADRIAN," Conner wrote in an email to Boise Weekly. "Mostly because I'm the only thing that stays constant ... I write 90 percent of the music. My members come and go ... I'm working with different band members live than those who recorded with me, [but] I'm lucky to have several players that I can choose from depending on who is available."
The Austin, Texas-based Conner and the current Sickness stop in Boise Monday, May 26, for a bombastic show at Liquid (liquidboise.com), as part of what Conner calls a "formidable West Coast tour." More info about Conner and links to Be Your Own Saviour available at adrianconner.com.
If you decide to catch Conner at Liquid, follow David Wood's advice and wear ear protection. Wood, best known as a member of local band TEENS, would like to educate people about how hearing can be damaged much sooner than they might think.
"At 115 decibels, pain and hearing loss can begin in about 90 seconds," Wood said. A typical rock concert is around 110-120 dB.
The reason Wood cares--and why he created the website Before It Hertz, a resource for concert-goers (beforeithertz.com)--is in working on his Ph.D in audiology, he found that a little education could go a long way. A tinnitus sufferer himself, Wood surveyed 326 regular concert-goers in the Boise area, asking about their use and opinion of hearing protection. He found that most people believe loud music leads to hearing damage but don't often wear it or "forget to bring their own hearing protection." Wood's website has more from his survey, information about different types of hearing protection and where to find it, and an interview with Eric Gilbert about why Treefort made hearing protection available on a donation basis at each venue this year during the music festival.