Light Asylum, Black Jeans, Dark Materials, Omar, Nako
LIGHT ASYLUM LIIVE AT PUBLIC WORKS!!
w/ support from Black Jeans (Amdiscs), Omar (Popscene), Nako (Shutter/120 MINUTES), and Dark Materials.
this show is being brought to you by 120 MINUTES and Aquarius Records.
Last time we brought Light Asylum through Public Works the party was completely insane... this time promises to be even more so. On the heels of their new album (via Mexican Summer) Shannon and Bruno have a ton of new material and will completely destroy your mind... seriously... get ready to rage.
The debut full-length album by LIGHT ASYLUM has been a long time coming, but not without rabid anticipation. As their self-released In Tension EP circulated and resonated with new leagues of listeners worldwide, the reputation of duo Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello sweltered via their intense live show, collaborations, and remixes. LIGHT ASYLUM marks Funchessʼ and Covielloʼs return to the recorded fray with renewed intent, emotion and visceral energy, all to powerful effect.
Described as ʻable to hypnotize and hold an audience in a state of bondageʼ, Funchess has sealed a reverent status through her vocal breadth and captivating expression. Having shared recordings with the likes of Teengirl Fantasy, Telepathe, TV On The Radio, !!!, and Ford & Lopatin, the multi- instrumentalistʼs vocal talents stay in steady demand. LIGHT ASYLUM cements Funchessʼ reputation as a singular voice. From the guttural intonations and militaristic drills to the melancholic leading melodies and operatic tenor, Funchessʼ range remains wide but balanced and carefully controlled.
Having spent years touring and performing as synth pop project The Dreamies, Coviello channels a different strand of influence and completes the LIGHT ASYLUM sound alongside Funchess. The result is an uncompromising, rugged mixture of coldwave, EBM and electro-industrial structured through pop of the toughest sensibilities. A LIGHT ASYLUM production straddles underground electronic club music and radio song culture – part introverted, aggressive vehicles, part bright, jubilant fanfares – passages of carefully devised harmony and melody bloom between stabs of driving keyboards and drum machines.
LIGHT ASYLUM is a collection of ten songs that are contemplative and starkly necessary. From the heated synth punk of ʻIPCʼ, ʻPope Will Rollʼ and ʻAt Willʼ to the cinematic modesty of love songs like ʻAngel Tongueʼ, ʻShallow Tearsʼ and ʻA Certain Personʼ; the basement-found emotions of ʻHour Fortressʼ and ʻSins of the Fleshʼ to the melodic dramas of ʻHeart of Dustʼ and ʻEnd of Daysʼ, LIGHT ASYLUM have achieved an exhilarating, genuine and important moment.
Black Jeans began as a solo recording project during a winter holiday in Bermuda and has developed into a visceral exploration of the chaotic nature of life. Russell Butler uses analog, modular synthesizers, and vintage drum machines to approach the subjects of fear, loss, and self doubt while his swirling, deep vocals communicate the desire to overcome. Black Jeans’ debut cassette (now sold out) was released on local cult label Tundra Dubs and his vinyl debut will appear in September on AMDiscs.
Dark Materials is a new ambient terri-fi project from San Francisco, California. One part hardcore, one part dance, their name is inspired by Phillip Pullman's literary trilogy of the same name, about loss of innocence and rebelling against the "authority."
DJ Omar was raised in the thriving musical subcultures of Washington, D.C., where he was exposed to sounds such as punk, goth, new wave, go-go and hip hop at concerts and clubs. He credits this early education for the eclectic and open-minded slant he brings to mixing records.
Pretty much the best selector out there. Nako has impeccable taste and an unrelenting drive for quality. She brings with her an atmosphere of dark perfection and as a result everything she has a hand in ends up being well thought and executed.