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CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND, MA TURNER’S FATUFAIRFE, and SPARKS.MOORE at THE NEW VINTAGE, Thursday, November 20th

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The Other Side of Life is proud to present:

CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND (Philadelphia, PA; on No Quarter)

MA TURNER’S FATUFAIRFE (Lexington, KY)

SPARKS.MOORE (Louisville, KY; members of The Wrists)

Thursday, November 20th
at THE NEW VINTAGE
Doors open at 8 PM
$10
Advance online tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/709745-chris-forsyth-solar-motel-louisville/
Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357550247745946
Recommended If You Like: Television, The Grateful Dead, Popol Vuh, Natives

Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

The first studio release by CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BANDIntensity Ghost, is a career-defining statement of purpose and a near virtual history tour of late 20th century electric guitar, touching on widescreen psychedelia, art rock, the late-70’s New York scene, and the melting pot of early 90’s underground bands, but writing a whole new chapter, unforeseen by most in 2014. Whereas last year’s acclaimed Solar Motel album was a Forsyth solo album recorded with an ad-hoc studio band, upon its release Forsyth put together a group of players to tour the record — bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin’), and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs) — who took his vision to another level. Forsyth brought this group, now called THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND, into the studio in late 2013 to make Intensity Ghost, largely forsaking the epic sprawl of Solar Motel in favor of a startlingly diverse and focused set of songs. The result is a 5-track masterwork and a rare combination of power and grace. Just as The Grateful Dead or Popul Vuh were able to embrace broad spectrums of sound and transform those influences, THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND distills Forsyth’s message while avoiding any genre exercises. Intensity Ghost is a giant sounding record, it’s hall-sized psychedelia filled with hooks and an immediacy rarely found in such sweeping, cinematic music. CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND synthesize rather than emulate what has come before, producing something all their own.

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MA TURNER’S FATUFAIRFE began in late Summer 2014 as a means for Ma Turner (CROSS, Warmer Milks, Salad Influence) and John Phillip Farmer (Salad Influence, Arcane Rifles, Birddog) to perform songs with a full group that the two had been touring as a duo in the Spring and Summer of 2014.  Bringing in John Ferguson (Apples In Stereo, R. Stevie Moore, Big Fresh), David Farris (Bernie Worrell, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack McDuff, R. Stevie Moore, Tallboys, Club Dub) and Travis McGirr (Blood Pheasant), Turner and Farmer were able to expand the material into broader territories. The end result is a culmination of a handful of barn jam sessions as well as two live performances (one being the 2014 Cropped Out Festival in Louisville, KY) which led up to the recording of their self-titled long playing album, scheduled for release in Spring/Summer 2015.

SPARKS.MOORE is the duo of Jason Sparks and McKinley Moore, who also play in The Wrists. They are also former members of Natives.

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CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND, and THE RITCHIE WHITE ORCHESTRA at DREAMLAND, Wednesday, February 19th

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The New Media Project and The Other Side of Life are proud to present:

CHRIS FORSYTH AND THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND (Philadelphia, PA; on Paradise of Bachelors)

and

THE RITCHIE WHITE ORCHESTRA (Louisville, KY; NYC, NY; Los Angeles, CA)

Wednesday, February 19th
at DREAMLAND
810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
7 PM, $10
Advance tickets available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/500165-chris-forsyth-solar-motel-louisville/.

CHRIS FORSYTH is a lauded guitarist and composer whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in underground circles, he has released a string of acclaimed records of widescreen guitar rock under his own name including 2011’s Paranoid Cat (Family Vineyard) and 2012’s Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy). His most recent release, Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors) has been called one of 2013’s best releases by the New Yorker, Uncut, Aquarium Drunkard, Frontier Psychiatrist, Pop Matters, and others, provoking ecstatic comparisons to classic artists like Television, The Grateful Dead, Popul Vuh, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Richard Thompson, Robert Quine, John Fahey, and Glenn Branca. In spring 2013, Forsyth formed The Solar Motel Band with longtime bassist Peter Kerlin, guitarist Paul Sukeena (Spacin’) and drummer Steven Urgo (ex-The War on Drugs), and introduced the band with a month-long June residency at Ortlieb’s in Philly that ignited a storm of blog praise when the shows were posted on Soundcloud. This is their first tour.

“(Solar Motel) is some kind of masterpiece, a four-part suite of ecstatic, spiritual psychedelia that splits the difference between unabashed classic rock thrills and a spikey avant garde sense of adventure. Try to imagine Television circa 1977 recording a cover of Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has A Master Plan” and you’re halfway there.” – Aquarium Drunkard

“9/10. It’s a fierce, exploratory record that sounds, in a way, like an instrumental sequel to Television’s Marquee Moon. Forsyth understands how to elevate mathematical riffing with lyrical flourishes and buried echoes of folk motifs. As a whole, it’s brilliant.” Uncut

Listen to selected live tracks from the SOLAR MOTEL BAND here: https://soundcloud.com/solar-motel-band.

THE RITCHIE WHITE ORCHESTRA is one of life’s sonic rewards. An exploration in aural dissonant lollipops perfect for the brain. Comprised of anyone and everybody the Orchestra has featured some distinguished collaborators in the past – Lydia Lunch, Stephin Merritt, Roddy Bottum, Matt Fishbeck and more. As Jacqueline Susaan writes, “You have to climb to the top of Mount Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls.” They’re set to release their debut double-7″ record on Louisville’s resurrected SELF DESTRUCT label this spring!

Listen to “Marlboro Country” by The Ritchie White Orchestra here:

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