Thursday, 11 June 2015

LITURGY tonight in London, DAN DEACON next week!

Morning all!
Just a quick reminder that tonight we have the monumental LITURGY performing for us at Electrowerkz, they will be joined by CIRCUIT DES YEUX, whose potent balance of the eerie and melodic matches up in intensity to the ritualistic metal epics coming later. We will have some tickets on the door from 8pm and live music commences shortly after 8.30pm. Also, seeing we have your attention, we’ve also included below the full show listing for our DAN DEACON (with live drums!!!), YEAH YOU and WUME technicolour extravaganza taking place at Oval Space next Tuesday, that’s going to be an equally awe-some event. We’ve also just this minute confirmed a show with Café OTO for OBNOX next month too, best news. Read on for all the pertinent detail…

\\\\\    TONIGHT    /////

Thursday 11 June
Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Angel, EC1V 1NQ

LITURGY is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler Dusenbury and drummer Greg Fox, the band exists as a 21st century total work of art (gesamtkunstwerk): activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as it underscores the contradictions inherent in such a project during the internet era. Their third full length, ‘The Ark Work’ (Thrill Jockey), is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like Liturgy than ever. The album hums and churns with Hunt-Hendrix’s inventive arrangements - drenched with glockenspiels, bagpipes, strings, ritual chanting, and MIDI horns. It supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; cross-fertilizing hardstyle beats, occult-oriented rap, and the glitched re-sampling of IDM and with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music, and minimalism. The result is a rich, seething cyber-fantasia that is improbably listenable, conveying the disarming, authentic emotion that is Liturgy’s hallmark - a blend of startling invention, high caliber musicianship, raw energy, and profound, cosmic sadness.

CIRCUIT DES YEUX is the solo project of Chicago-based artist Haley Fohr. Named for the nerve in the eye that supplies power to the act of seeing, Circuit des Yeux launched in 2008 following a stint with the autodidactic duo Cromagnon. A combination of folk chanteuse and noise maven, Fohr’s sound vacillates seamlessly between lo-fi and effortless-sounding songwriting sophistication. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. Between 2009-13 Fohr released three solo records and a series of EP’s and 7-inches with De Stijl and Ba Da Bing, gaining international momentum with literally hundreds of live appearances around the world. On new album, ‘In Plain Speech’ (Thrill Jockey), Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin Bajas), Adam Luksetich (Little Scream), and Kathleen Baird (Spires That In The Sunset Rise). Fohr cements her reputation as a fearless songwriter and inventive arranger with this stirring collection of songs that are both gorgeous and emotionally potent.

\\\\\    TUESDAY    /////

Tuesday 16 June
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT

DAN DEACON is an absurdist composer and electronic musician based in Baltimore, Maryland. Musically influenced by Devo, Talking Heads, Scratch Orchestra, People Like Us, Raymond Scott and Conlon Nancarrow, Dan's music strives to take modern experimental composition and electronic music out of the circle of the esoteric intellectual gangs and hipster communities, placing it into the more informal "fun time". Dan's music is about community and how to organise and inspire it. With the success of Deacon’s 2007 album ‘Spiderman of the Rings’, came an opportunity for the electronic-music iconoclast to increase the breadth and depth of his entire musical project. Deacon moved from self-contained computer music to orchestral epics. His interactive live show, honed in DIY spaces, was taken to museums and concert halls. He frequently expanded his performances to include a horde of side musicians. After a string of large ensemble projects (including 2009’s ‘Bromst’ and 2012’s ‘America’) Deacon started longing for the simplicity of the days when he did nearly everything himself. Now he’s back touring in support of a new album entitled ’Gliss Riffer’, an entirely self-produced record of almost all electronic sounds, which was “easily the most fun [he’s] ever had making a record.”

While ‘Gliss Riffer’ contains all the instrumental layering we’ve come to expect, the vocals are mixed with a prominence and, at times, a clarity that have never been heard on a Dan Deacon record before. Lyrical images of lightning, oceans, lakes, and roads crop up frequently as stand-ins for freedom and self-realisation. The tracks were started on the ever-changing landscapes that greet a touring musician. This new record also marks the first time Deacon replaced his digitally realised parts with analog synthesisers, giving Deacon the opportunity to experiment in the same way he did with strings and wind instruments on ‘America’. What makes Dan Deacon such an impressive musician has always been his aesthetic directness and ecstatic energy, all of this along with the heightened ‘focus on fun’ of his absorbing live shows has finally been translated onto an album. It’s a euphoria tempered by yearning and set in defiance of life’s nagging anxiety. “Happiness takes time,” we are reminded by tremolo vocals in the middle of the supremely danceable “Mind on Fire.” The ecstasy achieved on this new album and throughout Deacon’s live shows is always well-earned.

YEAH YOU make full improv / full pop music - everything is made up on the spot, songs are composed as they are performed, all struggles negotiated at the point of production. Hailing from Newcastle, Yeah You are an edgy electronics duo consisting of Ekasilikon (voice) & MYKL JAXN (beats). Each rehearsal and live performance is documented, and as such they have a back catalogue of (literally) hundreds of songs, from which six have been cherry-picked for their very first release called ‘Yantra’ (via Good Food) coming hot on the heels of a host of recent, beyond brilliant live performances.

WUME is a project from Baltimore consisting of Al Schatz (who was a member of Bird Names) along with Wham City transplant April Camlin. On their first 12-inch, called ‘Distance’ out now on Rotted Tooth records, they traverse the well-worn tundra of ambient minimalism and stone cold Kraut-crafted beats. ‘Ciesla Swing’ is a refreshing sub-three minute slice of undulating tones and trippy, buried utterances. Wume also feel at home in long-form 15 minute track terrain, allowing them to display the full power latent in their controlled morsels, allowing the vocals to glide and dive throughout.

Thank yous for coming to see No Babies and Ausmuteants this week, and of course thanks as always for reading. Have a terrific week!

\\\\\  UPSET THE RHYTHM   /////
/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\

Thursday 11 June
Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Angel, EC1V 1NQ

Tuesday 16 June
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Cambridge Heath, E2 9DT

Wednesday 17 June
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 44-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
8pm | SOLD OUT

Monday 22 June
100 Club, 100 Oxford St, Oxford Street, W1D 1LL

Wednesday 1 July
Montague Arms, 289 Queen's Rd, New Cross Gate, SE14 2PA

Wednesday 29 July
Café OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £10 |

Saturday 15 August
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Rd, Dalston, E8 3AS
8pm | £6 |

Tuesday 25 August
Tufnell Park Dome, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
7.30pm | £12 |

Friday 4 September
Heaven, The Arches, Villiers Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 6NG
7pm - 10pm | £14 |


Thursday 10 September
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, King's Cross, NW1 1UL
7.30pm | £8 |  

Monday 14 September
Tufnell Park Dome, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
7.30pm | £15 |

Wednesday 16 September
Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3ES
8pm | £8 |

Saturday 19 September
St Giles In The Fields, 60 St Giles High Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 8LG

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Tuesday 6 October
OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney Central, E8 1LL

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