Album Release Party!
Darsombra, David Jacober
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
For well over a decade, Arbouretum has been exploring vast stretches of musical terrain, releasing four full-length albums on Thrill Jockey Records to widespread acclaim, as well as several short-run collections. Their sound has been characterized as walking a line between heavy psychedelia, doom, and folk rock, though not without a singular uniqueness, a quality that led The Guardian to proclaim them to be "One of the most distinctive voices around".
Since their origins in late 2002 through the present, Arbouretum's live shows have always been an exhilarating affair. Whether onstage at the legendary Carnegie Hall or in a smoky bunker in Brno, Czech Republic, their sets alternate between meditative drones, delicate melodic passages, and fuzz-filled crescendos, connected all the while by founding member Dave Heumann's long, expressive guitar solos and a song-driven approach to collective improvisation. Long-time fans of the band know to expect the unexpected, as they never play exactly the same set twice, or play the songs in quite the same way. Still, their performances have become more consistent in recent years, due in no small part to the now permanent lineup of bassist Corey Allender, drummer Brian Carey, Heumann, and keyboardist Matthew Pierce.
Arbouretum's latest outing, Coming Out of the Fog, was released in 2013, supported by extensive touring both in the US and overseas. Since then, the band has for the most part retreated into the shadows, taking a step away from the spotlight catch its collective breath and write and record new material. Audiences can plan on hearing freshly-invigorated takes on songs from their extensive back catalog, as well as ones that have yet to be heard by the world at large.
Transcendental audio/visual rock duo Darsombra have packed and prepared their space shuttle for launch, readying themselves for journey to inner space. Brian Daniloski (a veteran of metal bands Meatjack and Trephine), pilots, navigates, and controls the sound of Darsombra, alternating between searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, mammoth vocal swells, and soundscapes. He takes one part metal, one part psychedelic rock, one part experimental, and dashes of prog, glam, and krautrock, to soundtrack the voyage. Filmmaker Ann Everton stewards us along the way by projecting her kinetic, psychotropic videos specifically composed to Daniloski's music, engulfing the audience within the trip.