SOLD OUT: Flipper 40th Anniversary Tour with David Yow
with special guest David Yow, PORCUPINE (featuring Greg Norton of Husker Du), Ganser, Hotlips Messiah
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
This event is 17 and over
Flipper is an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979, continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. The band influenced a number of grunge, punk rock and noise rock bands. Their slowed-down, bass-driven and heavily distorted style of punk is also considered a key forerunner to sludge, and influenced bands such as the Melvins and Nirvana, whose bass player Krist Novoselic played with the band in the 2000s.
PORCUPINE (featuring Greg Norton of Husker Du)
Rock trio Porcupine organically forges its singular brand of Rock’n’Roll reminiscent of the late-90s alternative without compromise. Un-yielded by what’s trendy, Casey Virock (guitars/vocals) with Greg Norton (bass) and Ian Prince (drums) derive some of their inspiration from 70’s classic rock and 60’s British psychedelica, resulting in a Swervedriver meets Queens of The Stone Age type sound.
Porcupine was founded in early 2006 by Casey Virock. Hoping to springboard off recent success from his former band Space Bike, including opening slots for Frank Black, The Descendants, The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, and Everclear, Porcupine began touring and playing the Midwest. Ian Prince has been supplying the backbone for top-notch indie bands like Story of the Sea, Houston, and Kid Dakota for well over a decade. Possessing the perfect combination of play-for-the-song sensibility and an “all or nothing” attitude, Prince is an undeniable powerhouse on the drums.
Over the last 10 years, Porcupine has continued to build momentum. They have released two full length LP’s, 2 EPs, multiple singles, a record charting at #115 in the CMJ top 200, opening slots with the Meat Puppets, Mission of Burma, Shiner, The Life and Times, and songs featured on T.V. shows, such as, The Real World, Best Ink, and The Challenge. The band is currently working on a follow up to their 2015 EP – Carrier Wave which was recorded by the legendary Steve Albini.
Ganser is a Chicago-based band equal parts Space Odyssey and Ghost World. Embracing a post-punk ethos with no wave’s minimal intimacy, they draw inspiration from visual language commonly associated with film and the shared art backgrounds of members Nadia Garofalo, Alicia Gaines, Brian Cundiff, and Charlie Landsman.
In 2018, Ganser released their debut LP Odd Talk (via No Trend Records), to favorable coverage from The New York Times, Billboard, Stereogum, and other publications. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, the music is sometimes frenzied (“PSY OPS”), sometimes contemplative (“Revel”), probing on questions of anxiety, intimacy, and avoidance. Ganser continues to make bright black music for space transmissions and panic attacks, recently releasing single “Pastel,” which led to their inclusion on numerous year-end lists.
HotLips Messiah is Chicago's premier mutant rock band. They have been a fixture on the Chicago punk and mutant rock scene for a decade and played legendary venues such as the Lounge Ax and the Fireside Bowl. Large venues like the Congress Theatre, and dinky little holes in the wall like the Big Horse. They have played with bands as obscure as Phil A. Sheo & the Goods and with bands as huge as the Misfits. With classic original bands like the Avengers and the Germs and with modern inspired schizos the Rotten Fruits, the Urinal Mints and the Functional Blackouts. Musically, they are a tornado of noise, filth and ass-shaking melody and catchiness. Lyrically, they use science fiction and sleaze as a blunt metaphor for the INhuman condition mankind finds itself in today.
Flipper is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019. Original members, Ted Falconi and Steve DePace are reaching out to a host of musicians, singers and bands they have worked with or been associated with, over the course of their long history. Flipper will assemble a variety of different lineups to include some of the great people they have played with and toured with as well as merging with different bands for recording projects and live performances.