The Fourth Wall
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH, 44110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Dear Reader, I don't remember much, but I remember this one thing with clarity.I was in the backyard looking up at my father; he was bent over raking leaves, explaining to me over his shoulder what it meant to be a good man‐‐to keep your word and do the work you set out to do. I was a child then and the words were a mystery, having little conception of what kind of man I would be, what sort of work I would do or how I would set about doing it.
A few years later, as all my friends were entering adolescence, I got sick. Mine was puberty with a vengeance. In my last letter I made mention of my illness. Since then I have been asked about it often and feel I should elaborate on its significance. The illness itself offers a tempting narrative hook, but while it is romantic to dwell on the individual suffering, what matters is the universal implication: Once on the other side one finds that there are no sides, that there exists no great partition between sickness and health, only various stages of dying and various ways of surviving that death.
This discovery had on me the effect of leveling all logical binaries to be replaced by ambivalence‐‐not only could I not tell the difference between sickness and heath, but had further difficulty telling friends from enemies, progress from regress, love from resentment, sometimes even women from men. I realized that if I were to accomplish anything it would be to recover some kind of meaning in what my friend Zach Schomburg called the Wild Meaninglessness.
You can consider it one very bewildered man's attempt to explain the universe, to himself, in the language of bewilderment. I had a lot of help. Without my friends in typhoon this music would have never reached your ears. It is thanks to them that these songs are songs and not just a bunch of quasi‐apocalyptic ramblings.
We recorded them on a farm in Happy Valley, OR while we lived there for a short, utopian six weeks in the spring and summer of 2012. The record is a collection of seminal life moments, in more or less chronological order, glimpsed backwards in the pale light of certain death, brought to life by a remarkable group of people who hold as I do that the work is somehow important. When we started working on White Lighter, I had reason to believe that it would be the last thing I ever did. It is now six months since we finished. I'm still here and there's still work to be done.
The Fourth Wall
The Fourth Wall is a rock band originally from Hawai’i consisting of members Stephen Agustin, Kasey Shun, Chris Lau, and Andrew White. Originally a solo project, Agustin wrote and recorded alone in his home for a year and a half, following the break-up of his previous band, Our Distance (who had been the support act for the Kooks in 2008 and Of Montreal in 2009). These demo recordings were kept relatively secret, being handed out only to a few close friends. With growing encouragement from these friends, Stephen sought to form a band in order to perform these songs live. In the fall of 2010, guitarist Kasey Shun, Bassist Paul Brittain, and drummer Kimo Short joined Stephen to form The Fourth Wall. Their style is primarily lyrically driven and draws from a wide range of musical influences including Neil Young, The Band, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth.
In February of 2011, the band went to Los Angeles, California for six days to record with producer Manny Nieto (The Breeders, HEALTH) and his partner Shane Smith. Their debut album, Motion and Rest was recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs. The album was released in January 2012 and consists of eleven songs concerning the illusory nature of time and the imaginative properties of the reflective consciousness. Sonically, Motion and Rest has a strong melodic presence upheld by a steady rhythm section, a deluge of big electric guitar chords, and an array of atmospheric noises. Vinyl and CD versions of Motion and Rest were released under Hungry Ear Records.
Following the release of Motion and Rest, The Fourth Wall became one of the more notable acts in Honolulu's music scene. During their time in Hawaii, The Fourth Wall was the premier support act for visiting artists, Menomena, Andrew Bird, and The Shins.
In the summer of 2012 The Fourth Wall (with the exception of Kimo Short) relocated to Portland, Oregon, where they currently reside. Former drummer of psych/garage band The Sun-Birds and indie/pop group Southern Belle, Max Lilien joined The Fourth Wall in the fall of that year. Their second full-length album, Lovely Violence, was released on July 31st, 2015 through Portland record label, Bug Hunt. The album's songs deal with freedom, moral solitude, and the beauty and terror of an unconditional commitment. Shortly after the release of Lovely Violence, Paul Brittain left the band to be replaced by bassist Chris Lau. In the summer of 2016, Max Lilien left the band to be replaced by drummer Andrew White.
The Fourth Wall is currently working on their third full-length album.
$18.00 - $20.00