MARCHING CHURCH (members of Iceage)
Bernardino Femminielli, The World
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
MARCHING CHURCH (members of Iceage)
'Marching Church leader Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, whose other notable musical outlet, the punk band Iceage, issued its debut into a storm of social media hype and sideways questioning — a lot for a group of 18-year-olds to weather, and a proposition that bands of their kind from generations before did not need to endure. As Rønnenfelt grew up, Iceage's sound shifted, enough so that the spillover was caught in Marching Church's debut album, 2015's The World Is Not Enough, which simmered with unresolved tension and avant-garde hills steep enough to catch the attention of those willing to pay it.
Consider, then, the new Marching Church album Telling It Like It Is not only the answer to the questions its predecessor posed, but also a chance for Rønnenfelt to match his emotional output with a musical acumen sturdy enough to contain itself. No longer a solo project, the group's membership now extends to seven, including Iceage guitarist Johan Wieth, bassist Kristian Emdal and drummer Anton Rothstein (the rhythm section of Copenhagen associates Lower) and a slew of string and horn players and auxiliary musicians. With an ensemble large and sophisticated enough to both realize Rønnenfelt's dark and sultry visions and add its own nuances to them, Marching Church has made the definitive record of its scene and era.' --NPR Music
Bernardino Femminielli (Montreal) is an artist. He works in media including music, performance, poetry and film under the guise of a hyper-sexual, genderless provocateur. His work and character are a synthesis of mysticism, danger and pleasure; a detached crooner deep within a distopian discotheque.
Narrating in Spanish and French, from brutal italo-disco to heavy cosmic drone and mutant industrial, his sonic ventures reflect his chosen environments. In addition to his main project, he has composed music under Femminielli Noir (w/ Jesse Osborne-Lanthier) and is a long time collaborator with Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches). He has released a wide array of albums on tape (Hobo Cult, Los Discos Enfantasmes) and vinyl (Mind, Desire, Clandestine) and has performed at events and festivals around the world. His new album 'Plaisirs Américains' was released in May 2016 (Bethlehem XXX).
We're in Leeds in 1979. Kingston, 1968. Or is it Athens, Georgia in 1982? No, no, it's none of the above. Here we are in Oakland, California. The year is 2016 and The World offer the only glimmers of hope in a city rapidly transforming into a wasteland of artisanal toast and succulent shops right before our very eyes. They've awed all those who have seen them play in San Francisco basements, beach town bars, crowded East Bay lofts—who knew the sight of bongos could be so titillating? And now The World is ready for the world. Their debut 7" is all double sax attack, the tremolo of dub guitar, and those spare and sturdy drums, anchored by the gravitational pull of Amber's propulsive bass. Every member of this band feels like the secret weapon, and together, the combination is deadly, the particular alchemy of musicians (the best musicians) who voraciously consume music of all kinds. Members have done time in Andy Human and the Reptoids, Pang, and Penny Machine—devotees of all those will find much to like here. The World's a post-punk band, sure, but they're also a dance group, a wild and revolutionary art collective, sounds from the past catapulted to the future. Today your love, tomorrow The World. Join up.
ADV TIX $12 / DOORS $14. There's a 6 ticket limit for this event per household, customer, credit card number and email address. Patrons who exceed the ticket limit can have their order cancelled automatically and without notice.