901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Armed with old bastardized mid-century guitars, hand-me-down fiddles and banjos, home-made contraptions with just enough tension on a string to be considered an instrument and any random percussive item he can get his hands or feet on, Lincoln Durham is a Southern-Gothic Psycho-Blues Revival-Punk One-Man-Band with a heavy amped edge, preaching the gospel of some new kind of depraved music. With driving guttural beats backboning various growling stringed instruments Lincoln gives birth to a sound that transcends genres with his dark, poetic and raw writing style telling tales that E.A. Poe would have been proud of.
Lincoln’s musical odyssey began when his grandpa, Charlie, and dad, Ed, put a fiddle in his hands at age 4. He would grow into an accomplished fiddle player winning the Youth Fiddle Championship at age 10. Lincoln afterward followed the path so many musicians have, finding his vice in the seductive, siren-like callings of the electric guitar. Or, in Lincoln’s case, the acoustic slide guitar with gnarly pickups haphazardly screwed into it.
Lincoln’s true biography is in his live show. The passion in his sweat drenched, electrifyingly mesmerizing one-man-band show draws you in to feel every scar and drop of blood in his painfully intimate lyrics. It takes something beautifully “off” to get on stage with just hands and feet for a band, driven by a howling voice, and morbidly preach a music that harkens back to the old blues masters, Son House and Fred McDowell, infused with the edge and angst of Punk and darkened from the bad influences of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.
"I gave myself the name 'Restavrant' as a one-man band years ago, never thinking it would stick with me for 8 years. It was a joke--mocking the idea of giving my band a name--especially a one-man band. It was kinda like Duchamp's 'urinal' being coined art. I was coining my band restaurant and spelling it with a 'v'...hmm just cause of my appreciation of Roman history. I didn't think a live show was on the horizon... just house parties and street corners. Then, a drummer got involved and people started asking to book us. I tried to change the name at this point, but the venues and the label we had signed with said it was too late. 'People already know you for that dumb name.' Our whole approach to playing music was a kind of 'fuck it' attitude. 'Let's create a party...at least for ourselves.' We were seeing a lot of boring live shows at the time. We aimed for the opposite. Now, 8 or more years later, that drummer has moved on and my approach to music making has slightly changed. Tyler (the drummer that has been with me the past four years) and I still bring as much energy to live shows as possible, but the 'fuck it' attitude is not as overboard... just wiser. Now, there is a goal to create music with integrity. We care way too much about what we make for any of our songs to be unsubstantial. Every song will be substantial. They will all have a place... make you dance, make you pissed, make you cry, make you laugh... you will feel something, might even hate it..." -Troy Murrah of Restavrant