Come, Elf Power , Arcwelder, The Velvet Monkeys, The Stroke Band
285 West Washington St
Athens, GA, 30601
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Come. A cornerstone of the Matador stable 20 years ago. A band that requires no introduction, but here's one for
New York, 1990. Guitarists Thalia Zedek (Dangerous Birds/Live Skull) and Chris Brokaw (Codeine) both relocate
(separately) to Boston from New York, where a year earlier, bassist Sean O'Brien (Kilkenny Kats) and drummer
Arthur Johnson (Bar-B-Q Killers), had moved from Athens GA. These parallel tracks (sub)merge and, fittingly,
make beautiful music together. Soon after the four play their first show together, Sub Pop releases the "Car" 7" as
part of their Singles Club series. Following a heated game of rock/paper/scissors with other competitors (Google it),
Matador emerges as the lucky label that releases Come's first of many masterpieces, Eleven:Eleven.
Despite being one of the best albums in this label's long history and one of the more memorable debut albums in an
era full of 'em, Eleven:Eleven has been out of print for far too long. Pitchfork has called it "one of the most elusive
gems of the Matador catalog, known for its knotty, torrential guitars and anguished vocals."
Eleven:Eleven is essential to understanding the music of the '90s. From All Music:
"One couldn't throw a brick around rock critics & college rock types in 1992 without hitting someone who'd
talk about how Come was the new incarnation of the blues, often loudly and at great length ... But it's the
Stones and acts like Patti Smith & Black Sabbath, not to mention the confrontation of no wave and other
punk-inspired acts, that are more of a touchstone to what's going on than Robert Johnson. It's a uniquely
sludgy, electric, strong fusion of sounds and styles, combining extreme angst and commanding power."
Brokaw and Zedek's emotional dual guitar work rivals Verlaine/Lloyd, chiming and majestic, cascading into
feedback-ridden squalls informed by both punk and metal, sifted through one of the tightest rhythm sections ever
assembled. Come toured extensively with Pavement, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr., and Nirvana, at those bands' request.
This May 21 sees this classic LP finally back in print, with a deluxe, remastered double disc reissue (2XLP, 2XCD)
comprising the original album plus a bonus disc featuring Come's October 11, 1992 performance at the
Vermonstress Festival. The 2XLP edition will also include a bonus 7″, a reissue of the "Fast Piss Blues" b/w "I
Got The Blues" single. Matador will handle the North and South American release; Glitterhouse will be reissuing
Eleven:Eleven in the same configurations in Europe. It's all here. Again. For the first time.
After a handful of reunion shows in 2010 and 2011, Come's original lineup will be playing selected shows later this
year including the Primavera Festival in Barcelona (North American dates will be confirmed shortly. In addition,
Thalia Zedek's 5th solo album and first since 2008, 'Via', was released by Thrill Jockey in March.
Athens Own Elf Power!
The Velvet Monkeys
THE VELVET MONKEYS were formed in Washington, D.C. in 1981 and found many like‐minded bands in the mushrooming local scene of art-rock, hardcore punk and go-go music. Vocalist and guitarist Don Fleming (later of Gumball and producer of Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub, Posies, Screaming Trees, Alice Cooper, Andrew W.K.) and drummer Jay ‘The Rummager’ Spiegel (also in Half Japanese, Gumball, Dinosaur Jr.) have played together on every Velvet Monkeys release since the cassette‐ only Everything is Right was released in 1982. The band’s move from minimalist art‐rock towards an increasingly heavier sound included an ever-evolving list of bandmates that have, at times, included Thurston Moore, Julie Cafritz and J Mascis. Don and Jay also played together in B.A.L.L. and Gumball. There’s only been one other Velvet Monkey show in the last decade.
The Stroke Band
Legendary 1970s Deep South freaksters, THE STROKE BAND were seen and heard, until now, by only a few South Georgia pot heads, rednecks, sheriffs, strippers, and intoxicated U.S. Marines. Fronted by Bruce Joyner – a swamp rat synthesis of Buddy Holly, Bryan Ferry and Jerry Lee Lewis – The Stroke Band were an art-punk aberration to anything else happening in South Georgia in 1978 - 79. Their Anthology Recordings re-release of the Green and Yellow album is the first in any form since the private press LP came out in 1978. The Green and Yellow digital and double CD releases include the original Green and Yellow album; plus the band’s only live performance at Joe’s Cellar - a notorious strip club in Albany, Georgia; and a set of demos and psychotic improvs from their Cork House headquarters in Valdosta. Singer and band leader Bruce Joyner signed to Sire Records with The Unknowns in 1981 and has released several acclaimed solo albums since 1983. His latest album, Bruce Joyner & Netherglades 'Love And The Blood Vodou' was released earlier this year. Don Fleming, guitarist for the Stroke Band, went on to front his own bands The Velvet Monkeys and Gumball. This will be the first Stroke Band show in 39 years.
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