Icy Demons/a.P.A.t.T./Balloons - Performance of a lifetime! @ - THE KAZIMIER
Icy Demons/a.P.A.t.T./Balloons - Performance of a lifetime!
@ - THE KAZIMIER- May 14th
Started by Bablicon’s Griffin Rodriguez (aka Blue Hawaii) and Man Man’s Christopher Powell (aka Pow Pow), Icy Demons are a genre-spanning hypno-rhythmic indie project borrowing heavily from electro, Krautrock, and prog rock, specifically its Canterbury subgenre. Rodriguez takes bass and vocal duties while Powell drums, and the two act as the primary ringleade
rs of the band, roping in a rotating circus of musicians from their home cities of Philadelphia and Chicago. Upon initiation into the group, members adopt aliases like Graveyard P, Young Master Schneider, Ta-Freek-Ya, and the Diminisher. Cloud Recordings, a label with close ties to Elephant 6, another collective-friendly band of brothers, took a liking to Icy Demons’ first record an
d released Fight Back! in 2004. Between touring with their respective groups and recording albums for other musicians at Rodriguez’s Shape Shoppe studio, Rodriguez and Powell found time to piece together their second Icy Demons album, Tears of a Clone, in 2006, which was released by Eastern Developments. To add to their musical endeavors and house their creative output, the two started a record label called Obey Your Brain, and released Miami Ice in April of 2007. Plans followed to play live shows as a touring band with guitarist Russell Higbee of Man Man, guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise, upright bassist Josh Abrams of Prefuse 73
and Sam Prekop, and atmospheric improviser and cellist Tomeka Reid, in support of Slint and Arcade Fire, and as a main stage act at the 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival. Miami Ice was reissued that summer.
a.P.A.t.T. sound like the best bits of eveything you’ve ever heard. File next to ABBA / Zappa. Completely original bewildering 2-7 piece band using all the genres possible to create a daft yet beautiful mess. Running all over stage whilst swapping instruments. Eclectic dosn’t cover it.
“To hear a.P.A.t.T.or more specifically their ‘Back and white mass’ full length album is to experience a musical odyssey like no other, avoiding the usual pragmatics of pop, they are a law unto themselves” -M Barton.
2009 = Prepare for the village idiots of pop
There are five of them and they call themselves Balloons, beyond that we know nothing except that on the evidence of these showcased cuts they sound like they’ve been overly tucking in to the kaleidoscopic sherbet over the festive season concocting and cobbling deliriously skewed sounds that sound for all the world like wired road kill resulting from a head on collision between early career Sparks, Cardiacs, Devo and ‘SF Sorrow’ era Pretty Things
PLUS POST MUSIC DJ’s
9pm first act prompt
CHEAP ENTRY FOR GROUPS
OF FIVE PEOPLE FOR £20.
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