Good Name For a Racehorse and Damn You! present...
Friday 20th October, 8.30pm start
The Maze / Forest Tavern, Nottingham
£6 adv / £7 door
www.damnyou.co.uk for more info...
Carla Bozulich is best known as the singer from LA-based band Gerladine Fibbers and as the woman who re-made Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger” - with Willie Nelson as a special guest. Carla has on of the most unique voices in any genre. Her work is at once brutally raw and weirdly visionary. Born in New York City, she grew up a tomboy and girl protector in San Pedro, CA. Carla’s first appearance on record is Gary Kail’s album from 1982 called Zurich 1916, on which she does dada-inspired worldplay, “you know, telephone and vacuum cleaner stuff”. She sang in a couple of groups- the Neon Veins, and Invisible Chains, the latter of which recorded an album for The Minutemen’s New Alliance when Carla was 18 years old. Carla disappeared from daylight for a few years, re-emerged, and was soon causing traffic jams as the gamine howler in the confrontational sex/sound assault outfit Ethyl Meatplow. In 1993, before Ethyl’s last gasp, Carla founded The Geraldine Fibbers, going on to record and tour incessantly with that band until 1998. Scarnella followed, a duo formed with Nels Cline, and a decidedly uncommercial, open, experimental project. In 2001 she scored a Los Angeles production of Jean Genet’s The Maids and the award-winning feature film By Hook Or By Crook, which she scored and for which she compiled the soundtrack, went to Sundance in 2003. That same year saw the release of Carla’s new rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger”. She has also explored mixed media and performance art, including a commission for The Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Hrsta (pronounced "hursh-tah".) is a Montreal post-rock band that records on Constellation Records. The band's leader, Mike Moya (guitar and voice), was also one of the founding members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Although people tend to compare Hrsta's sound with that of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion or even Set Fire to Flames (which may be interpreted as somewhat normal because Mike Moya has played/plays with them all and his guitar sound is unique), Hrsta differs from the previous in the use they make of Moya's voice, a characteristic that's as unique as his guitar skills. The strings are almost always used just as a means to fill a texture or complement the overall sound.
Felix is about the slightest scent of the song. It's about stripping it all back until nearly nothing remains and working out if it still works. It's minimalist, delicate, heartbreaking pop like the sparsest moments in the Cat Power back catalogue. It's observational and insightful like Regina Spektor can be sometimes. But without the Broadway show vibe. Or at least a cheaper one. It's Lucy Chua on piano and hushed vocals all the time. It has also been Elvis Beetham Wallace (Lords, Twinkie), John Simson (Souvaris). It once included a human beatboxer. This time it will be the now-regular duo line-up of Lucy with Chris Summerlin (Lords, Last Of The Real Hardmen) on guitar creaking around in the background.
Tickets available now from We Got Tickets (50p fee per ticket), Selectadisc, Reveal (Derby)