Northside Festival: Panache Booking Showcase
Grass Widow, Turbo Fruits, The Black Belles
Gary War, Gap Dream, Snack Machine
361 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is all ages
From the beginning, the members of Grass Widow have maintained an objective of playing financially accessible, age-inclusive and gender-inclusive shows. As the band has continued to grow and share their post-punk influenced, intricately woven songs to larger communities through their latest release with Kill Rock Stars, their aim has been to challenge old paradigms of the music industry and confront the tired methods of categorizing music by paving a new path. "We believe in the value of music itself and promote a community in which musicians are treated with respect regardless of their pitchfork rating, their label or representation. The value assigned to a band by these forces is a manufactured concept supported by a music industry that thrives on advertising, objectification and reducing bands to "trends" and "fads" via the Internet. We want to bring the sense of integrity and accountability that is fostered in the D.I.Y. community we come from to this arena and inspire others to do the same."
Bassist/vocalist, Hannah Lew, drummer/vocalist, Lillian Maring and guitarist/vocalist, Raven Mahon chose the name Grass Widow for their San Francisco-based three-piece as a way to represent the approach they take to writing music. The phrase is rooted in 17th century literature; commonly referring to a woman whose husband is away at sea, but the visual associations of each word also provides an opportunity to interpret meaning on multiple levels. "For me," says Maring, "it's about a state of solitude when you realize parts of you may be missing." Lew adds: "The name Grass Widow refers to elements of the unknown or the subconscious, things not in plain sight."
Grass Widow approaches lyrical content in much the same way, using metaphor to express complicated, intimate themes. Inspired by the personal, they use myth and allegory to synthesize ideas and create new landscapes wherein listeners can draw their own meaning.
"We write lyrics about very personal and often dark subjects, but present the ideas in a way that disguises the content within metaphor and upbeat instrumentation," says Mahon. "Although we chose the name early on, it has evolved with us as our process has become refined."
Grass Widow formed in 2007 and quickly received attention within the Bay Area as well as national underground press via publications like Yeti. Influenced by similarly all-female punk and post-punk acts like The Neo Boys and Kleenex, they also note Roy Wood's The Move and The Kinks as a major source of inspiration, which can be heard in their three-part harmonies, complex arrangements and odd chord progressions.
In addition to these musical influences, Grass Widow is inspired by a legacy of women who have paved the way through their music and politics. Their collaborative songwriting process, the fact that they don't have a front person and that they all equally contribute to the work of the band speaks to this philosophy. In addition, they take the opportunity as an all female band to bring attention to the roles of spectacle and spectator in their scene and make a conscious effort to play shows where women are involved.
Turbo Fruits, led by Jonas Stein (formerly of Be Your Own Pet) is a group of three rambunctions dudes. Jonas, Matt and Dave all live in Tennessee and can't get enough of it. They enjoy this list of "things" very much:
1. A day out on the river
2. A day out on the lake
3. Taking their shirts off
4. Shitting with the door open
5. Turkey hunting
6. Riding and making love to motorcycles
7. Walking around the house in underwear
8. Big ass titties
9. Goin really really fast
10. A good bar
11. Bad jokes
13. Cliff jumping
15. Cheap domestic beer
16. Big dogs
17. the farm
19. Turnin’ it up really loud
20. Paint mares
21. Hot tubs
25. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Turbo Fruits have toured with Monotonix, The Black Lips and The Lovvers. Their 2nd album, Echo Kid, is on Fat Possum Records.
What press are saying:
Time Out New York: "Turbo Fruits’ effortlessly tuneful swagger reminds you in a flash that rock & roll is an either-you’ve got-it-or-you-don’t endeavor. This Nashville trio includes the guitarist from teen-punk sensations Be Your Own Pet but comes across as even more fun and raucous."
Nashville Scene: "We’ve not seen anything quite like it in some time, maybe ever. Pretty damn phenomenal.”
Dazed & Confused: “Dwelling in the same booze-filled gutter of rock ’n’ roll as The Black Lips, this side project from Be Your Own Pet is noisy, out of tune and completely amazing. Sounding like vintage Stooges and Lies-era G ‘n’ R, the teenage duo revel in making dirty, turbo-charged songs about being young and out of control.”
The Black Belles
Discovered by Jack White and brought to Third Man Studios for their first recordings, "What Can I Do" and "Lies" are the band's inaugural release and showcase their unique ability to pay homage to their roots while also pushing their music into new territories. There's a lot of anticipation around this release and it definitely delivers. The Black Belles recently the Third Man Records Blue Series 7", 'Charelene II (I'm Over You)', with Stephen Colbert
A reckless collision of progadelic electronic pop and abrasive noise with nods to minimalism, Gary War pounds out music that is at once expansive and gritty. Under The Radar says of his 2010 EP Police Water (Sacred Bones), "War could be singing about his Christmas shopping list, but his tightly wound-up instruments beat you down and zone you out in equal turns."