FREE ENTRY GIG
Monday 14th September
3 pretty amazing touring bands...
all one one evening....
and for FREE!
you know it makes sense to attend, or at least check them out!
Au (pronounced "ay-you") is the work of multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland. Begun while finishing up his degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, then moved across the US to find to its roots in the thriving community of Portland, OR.
Currently a full time duo with Dana Valatka on drums (Jackie-O-Motherfucker, Mustaphamond), it is a loosely defined amalgam of players that can swell to double digit numbers with full choir in tow and sees some of Portland's finest lending a helping hand. It's sound is vast and deftly treads a narrow bridge between the loose-associations of the backwoods freak-folk crowd and the more formalized concoctions of art-poppers like Brian Eno; managing to erase the high art/low art boundary between American contemporary classical music and American pop music.
They have been compared to : Arcade Fire, Soft Machine, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, Arvo Part, George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Parenthetical Girls
"Au plays feel-good experimentalia. It is joyful, explosive and improvisatory… one of this year's most joyful experiments."
"There are no maps for the musical terrain that Portland-based experimentalist Luke Wyland explores, but the scenery here is weirdly beautiful....We may hear distant flashes of Arcade Fire here, or perhaps Spiritualized jamming with Sun Ra, but this mostly sounds like a hugely inventive campfire jam at some magical faraway festival of the imagination."
(USA, Dont Stop Believin / Seayou)
The terrordactyls are michael cadiz and tyrel stendahl. although michael was born in baltimore, md and tyrel hails from tukwila, wa, they met in high school on vashon island, wa in multimedia class, doing a project where they photoshopped themselves over pictures of explosions. they then played music, four-square and capture-the-flag together with friends until it all eventually merged into what has become the terrordactyls.
The terrordactyls are quite well-rounded individuals. michael's interests include fabricating truths on job applications, multiple choice questions and running away. tyrel enjoys guns, organizing his itunes music library and being good at life. during the brief periods that michael and tyrel are away from the gym, they also enjoy watching inspirational sports films and talking about their abs.
Temporarily split in 2008 between washington state and brooklyn, before finally both re-settling in the seattle area, michael and tyrel still found plenty of time for music-making. they even released the mike bowers ep, covering five songs by the seattle band (and close friends) the pharmacy.
On their self-titled album, the terrordactyls' quirky, lighthearted yet decidedly melancholic pop/anti-folk tunes are augmented by toy pianos, kazoos, and the voice of kimya dawson (the moldy peaches, juno). despite all these charming trappings, though, nothing really serves to take the edge off the terrordactyls' gutsy interpretation of the sad sweetness (or sweet sadness) of living.
Armed with a new kazoo sponsorship by kazoobie kazoos, the band is currently finishing up their second full national tour and putting the finishing touches on their second full length album.
Think Kraut styled beats that might make your head nod and feet dance a little.
"Hot off the press and not so fresh from lurking the backstreets of Manchester's seedier side come brand new act PLANK! with their dark rhythmic experimental instrumental sprawlings and motorik manifesto... "
Plank! is a three piece featuring our good old friend Jonny Winbolt-Lewis, previously of KEITH, etc.
In the region of somewhere between Quack Quack and Two Minute Noodles, and we might just get an idea how good these guys are!!
I THINK YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GET DOWN TO CATCH SOME OF THESE GREAT TOURING BANDS ALL FOR FREE!