Headroom, T Wreck
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was old enough to get into 18+ venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer on guitar/voice. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded or performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Nels Cline, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Jon Irabagon, members of Caroliner, the Violent Femmes, and more. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Weird Forest, Clean Feed, NotTwo, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.
Friendly critics have quoted: “It’s… Ava Mendoza’s deconstructing of blues and punk into brutal shredfests that’s causing a ruckus in NYC’s DIY hubs” (Brad Cohan, Noisey.Vice). “A wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but… equally adept with FX-less technique," (Lars Gotrich, NPR). She was featured as one of Guitar World‘s “10 Female Guitarists You Should Know”.
Headroom first took flight in 2016 as the solo outlet for New Haven musician Kryssi Battalene, née of regarded noise project Colorguard & guitarist for psychedelic voyagers, Mountain Movers. Headroom sprung forth from the fertile and underrated New Haven scene - a musical patchwork of punk, hardcore, noise & experimental music all sharing the same stages & DIY spots and creating a musical identity all their own.
Battalene's talent flourished & soon enough, her signature style of guitar was infiltrating & influencing a new crop of New Haven musicians; part Twisted Village / PSF Records-influenced white noise maelstrom, part nuanced, beautiful six-stringed draperies. Battalene’s talents have graced recordings & stages with Estrogen Highs, Medication, Secret Treaties & Stefan Christiansen & Friends, but “Head In the Clouds” marks the first long-player for this, her current solo project (after a well regarded cassette EP on the C/Site imprint).
Across the album’s alternatingly harsh & beautiful five tracks, Battalene masterfully coaxes her guitar into a myriad of tastes and textures, from lumbering opener “How To Grow Evil Flowers”s psychedelic squall to more placid tracks like “Millers Pond” or “Flower of Light”, where she tempers her feedback to guide the tunes to new horizons. The title track’s pulsing guitar/synth interplay offers an eight minute respite before swan diving back into a fog of feedback. “Head In the Clouds” could be seen as the companion piece to Mountain Movers’ ‘s/t’ 2017 album, but with Battalene at the helm, Headroom eschews that band’s (ever so slightly) more traditional take in favor of a dizzyingly creative experimentalism. “Head In the Clouds” is an album meant to get lost in.
T Wreck is a driving quartet from New London, CT that forges the proto synth-punk of The Screamers and Suicide with urgent scream-poetry, conjuring a sound that’s been described as Rage Against the Machine/Beastie Boys on acid. Daniel Boroughs’(Ferocious Fucking Teeth) vocals give way to his most cathartic impulses while riding the thunderous oscillations of synth dudes David Freeburg (Fatal Film) and Justin Credabel (Incognito Sofa Love), pushed along by the heavy-hitting funk/rock drums of Michael Winslow (Fatal Film, Incognito Sofa Love).
T Wreck started as an improvisational freakout ensemble hastily whipped together to fill an opening at New London’s Sailfest in 2017. The collision of influences was infectious and was soon followed by practices and song development. In the winter of 2018, live-audio engineer Andy Stackpole (Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bad Brains) captured the band with 14 mics (no overdubs) and mixed their new six song EP No Nada (New Lo Records).
Moving forward the band continues to explore new sounds as part pleasure, part therapy, with the perpetual goals rocking out new spaces and making personal connections & collaborations with like-minded sonic voyagers.
FREE WITH RSVP ($5 at the door)
RSVP closes at 2pm on day of show. $5 tickets will be available at the door until capacity is reached.