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Joy Subtraction Album Release
Il Cattivo, Accordion Crimes, Shining Wires
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
This event is 21 and over
The subtraction of joy. It’s not a new concept—individuals and organizations have been engaging in it for as long as there have been individuals and organizations. Some notable practitioners include the U.S. Congress, girlfriends and wives, Mel Gibson, anyone who thinks Ayn Rand had good ideas, Jonathan Franzen, Nazis, Gwen Stefani, every chamber of commerce, and Ted Nugent. But there is an entity that has made the practice a fine art, elevated it to a level higher than Mount Olympus. Because it’s one thing to subtract joy—anyone can do that. But that is merely one tine of a forked tongue. That’s just nihilism. There’s no greater purpose being served. The trick is to subtract the joy of others while maximizing one’s own pleasure. That’s when Joy Subtraction can become art.
It didn’t start out that way. The band had noble intentions. “It began as a vehicle to transmit the plight of the oppressed, a sort of electric clarion call, if you will,” says one of the members. “But then my wife got this killer corporate gig as an attorney, so now we find that our interests often conflict with those of the oppressed. It’s really hard for us. On the one hand, you want to care, but, on the other, you don’t want to lose any money. So I’m still finding my artistic voice. This country has been so bad to so many people, but it’s been so good to me and my family that I’m tending to look the other way. We’ll see what shakes out.” Of course, what started as looking the other way inevitably became the active dismaying of those around him, and that ethos soon became the modus operandi of the entire band.
Regarding the music, Joy Subtraction sounds like whatever you hate; whatever makes you feel ugly and insecure; whatever garnishes your wages. Do you like Radiohead? Joy Subtraction sounds like the exact opposite of Radiohead. Do you hate Black Flag, Burning Brides, NoMeansNo, Future of the Left, and The Beatles? Good—because Joy Subtraction kind of sounds like all of those bands rolled into one. Except way better.
Regarding your feelings, ha ha ha ha ha. Do you want things to work out for humankind? Joy Subtraction is here to tell you they won’t. Do you like good times and great oldies? Joy Subtraction likes the day the music died. Do you think Jesus wants you to be rich and successful, white and thin? JS is here to tell you he doesn’t. He wants you to be killed and eaten by poor people.
Do you want math with your metal? Steam with your punk? Psycho with your billy? Stoner with your rock? Art with your house? Hip with your hop? Power with your pop? Alt with your country? Hard with your core? Shoe with your gazing? Well, piss off—you’ll get whatever gruel JS decides to sling your way. Lap it up, lapdog.
Do you think glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity? Of course you don’t—you’re American. Well, so is Joy Subtraction. That and greed are the only things you both have in common. But it’s enough, isn’t it? So break out your mom’s wallet and buy their music. Do it for capitalism. Do it for American especialism. Do it before your mom loses her job. Do it before we all go up in flames. Because, as Joy Subtraction will be the first to tell you, the firestorm’s coming. It’s on its way now. Feel the heat? You will.
Sprung from the creatively fertile streets of Denver, Il Cattivo mixes its melodies with heavy rock, unsuspecting soul and promises nothing more than to get you moving.
Formed in 2009 with Brian Hagman (Black Lamb), Matt Bellinger (Planes Mistaken for Stars and Ghost Buffalo), Jed Kopp (Ghost Buffalo), and Holland Rock Garden (Machine Gun Blues) and after a string of revolving bassists, Matty Clark of Denver's Taun Taun stepped into play on their 2011 debut full length, To Bring Low an Empire.
After Empire's release in June, Il Cattivo went on a short midwestern tour with Peoria, Illinois' Lark's Tongue. In December of 2011, Matty Clark and Holland Rock Garden left the band to focus on other endeavors ushering in the newest Cattivos: Arj Narayan (Black Acid Devil) and Matt Cavanaugh (Burn Sand Burn) . The newly banded IL CATTIVO spent the subsequent months writing and writing in anticipation of recording again with the talented Chris Fogal at Black in Bluhm studios in April 2012.
With a new album in hand, Il Cattivo hopes to find both local and national support to help get their music to a wider audience. Much like the bands who inspired them and bands they've shared a stage with, Il Cattivo unapologetically bears their soul with every hard-hitting song. They are a band because they have to be - they weren't made for anything else.
Il Cattivo songs are an obvious catharsis, an exorcism, a sacrificial offering - a desperate way to wring out all of that love, hate, loneliness, passion and insanity that is worn on the sleeves of the hardened hearts.
Accordion Crimes formed in Denver the fall of 2009, from three friends with a mutual appreciation of bands attributed to Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records. They've released music with Cash Cow Production and have recently gone about things more independently.
Their most recent release strategy regards one digital download per month for the duration of 2013. These songs are an experiment of sorts and capture a band performing live in a room. These songs are meant to depict the relevant era of the band.
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