Ironically, Small Framed Boy's Jennie Castillo and Amanda Boyd discovered a shared love for melody while contributing to the heavy-handed roar of Atlanta noise ensemble the Black Blacks. Live, the Black Blacks' open-door policy draws 15-20 performers onstage for instrument pummeling to the tune of squelching feedback with a garbage truck's personality. So many people making so much noise eclipsed virtually anything the two ladies brought to rehearsals.
"We couldn't hear ourselves or each other when we played, so we started a new band, one in which we can actually hear ourselves," Castillo explains. With the addition of Erin Santini (drums, vocals), Castillo (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, keyboard) and Boyd (bass, vocals, samples) shaped SFB into a multifaceted trio that blends noise with funk, rock and Middle Eastern elements.
Small Framed Boy passes out three different CD-Rs at shows, each one showcasing a slightly different angle of the band's personality. The discs -- one of organized songs, one of obtuse hip-hop and another of improv pieces -- galvanize SFB's willfully homemade aesthetic, turning its music's rough edges into the group's mantra. "This kind of music isn't supposed to sound perfect," Castillo says. "If you want perfection, go listen to jingles or electronica or something stupid like that."
Small Framed Boy plays the Drunken Unicorn Sat., Nov. 18, w/ Magicicada and Dirty Projectors. $7. 9 p.m. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.