(photo of CRAZY DREAMS BAND from Baltimore’s City Paper.)
CRAZY DREAMS BAND (Baltimore, Maryland; on Holy Mountain)
JANA HUNTER (Baltimore, Maryland; on Gnomonsong)
Friday, August 28
The Swan Dive
921 Swan Street
$5, 21 and over
Spawned from the formidable Louisville, KY collective known as Black Velvet Fuckere, SAPAT resides as the centrifugal force in this Midwestern psychedelic madrigal set in the psychosexual backwaters of the mighty Ohio River. For the entirety of the ’00 decade, members have kept busy collaborating with and/or massaging the egos of various and sundry avant-pontiffs such as Robert Fripp, Magik Markers, Dead Child and Eugene Chadbourne — when not honing the orgone energy of SAPAT.
Grooves that confuse? CRAZY DREAMS BAND is an outfit that presents its guitar free “thug pop” of dirge rather than drone with creeping crooning and brassless horn blasts [note: Crazy Dreams Band will actually have a guitarist in tow at this show —ed.]. Like the best of Giallo films you’ll be as turned on as you are terrified. As tender as Coco Rosie, as brutal as Magik Markers and as cool as Royal Trux “Radio/ Video” vibe. Imagine if Bruce Springsteen and Martin Rev collaborated on songs for Patti Smith or Catherine Ribeiro. Channeled inner voices are expelled as cave anthems into neon text in Linear A while bones poke through the skin atop a witch’s brew of venomous sludge. This is the urban tribal music that survives whatever “end is nigh” theory you choose. They’re jamming this music outside the thunder dome, beneath the planet of the apes and the day after tomorrow. CRAZY DREAMS BAND has released one self-titled album on Holy Mountain, and features members of Lexie Mountain Band, Harrius, Religious Knives, and Mouthus.
A dark pop musician hailing originally from northern Texas, JANA HUNTER has been writing and recording, if not releasing, songs, for the past 16 years. Intensely private, raised in a large, religious family, and an orchestral violinist from an early age, followed melodic obsessions and a gift for striking listener’s as being near-“haunted” (Chas Bowie, The Portland Mercury, 2.9.06), developing a signature sonic topography. These elements caught the rapt attention of critics and the enthusiastic endorsement of many of the day’s most respected musicians upon the 2005 releases of a split LP 12″ with Devendra Banhart and Hunter’s solo debut, “Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom”. She followed with 2007’s “There’s No Home” full-length and and EP bearing the title “Carrion”. Hunter’s newest work (a full-length due out in 2009) is still at times bleak, even grim, but more often rapturous, lush, and resplendent, and a marked refinement of her already considerable melodicism and sensitivity. “Jana Hunter is…making stark and mysterious songs full of a weird will, as if they’re writing themselves.” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times, 4.29, 07)
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