PopGun and White Chalk NYC Present
Night Beats, Cosmonauts, Nonformat (DJ set)
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
This event is 21 and over
Dead Skeletons is an exciting musical and visual art project from Iceland which is made up of the core trio of Jon Saemunder Audarson, Henrik Bjornsson (Singapore Sling, Go-Go Darkness, Han and Tank), and Ryan Carlson van Kriedt (Asteroid #4). The group has exploded onto the scene as musical, visual, and philosophical leaders. Their mantra, “He Who Fears Death Cannot Enjoy Life” is a universal truth, and something we would all do well to live by. The band’s startling and innovative visuals are driven by frontman Jon Saemunder Audarson, who along with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, has piloted the underground sensation that is Dead TV.
Dead Skeletons (IS) came into being in 2008 as an accompaniment to an installation for a show at the Reykjavik art museum by Jón Sæmundur . Looking for a spiritual battle hymn for the show, the trio began recording. This initial song, Dead Mantra, became an underground hit, prompting the full length lp Dead Magick (A Records), released by the band in 2011.
‘Dead Mantra’ is battle of life winning over death and the sonic palette that colours the struggle between fight and surrender is consistent throughout. In the middle of this hypnotic maelstrom come the otherworldly vocals. Bathed in echo and reverb, they attempt to find their way from a spiritual battleground that suggests a strange ambiguity over whether the desire for life can keep mortality away for just that bit longer.
2012 has seen Jón Sæmundur put a much anticipated live act together with the original band and joining them earlier this year Will Carruthers (ex Spacemen 3). Dead Skeletons embarked on their first European tour to sell out crowds everywhere. including a headline performance on the Pavilion Stage at this years Roskilde Festival and the main act at Liverpool Psych Fest.
"I am utterly addicted to Dead Mantra by the Dead Skeletons, pure magic
and pure rock and roll genius. Can't wait to see it live.."
Any number of bands cite 60's Texas psych as an influence, but rarely does a group actually capture what made those bands special. Following their debut EP also on Trouble In Mind, The Night Beats have expanded on the bedroom immediacy of their first recordings to create an LP that perfectly captures and modernizes the hallucinogenic and exhilaratingly demonic aura of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Golden Dawn. With blazing guitar work and a razor sharp rhythm section Danny Lee Blackwell and company mutate conventional chords & progressions into a mind-blowing sonic sprawl. The record reels you in with 2-3 minute pop songs like 'Ain't Dumbo' and 'Dial 666,' forging a landscape that then throws you into a chaotic journey of jams a'la 'Dewayne's Drone' and 'Little War in the Midwest' that bend and meander but never overstay their welcome.
"Their raucous set was like if the Velvet Underground had turned to the MC5 at their Boston Tea Party concert in 1968 and, instead of insulting them, had turned and made love to them—and that was how Lou Reed wound up wearing that dog collar. I couldn't make out a single lyric, but did they really close the set with 'Little Honda?'" --LA RECORD
"Swirling, distorted psych, bulldozed along by pounding primitive drums, fuzzed out vocals, all glued together with a heavy spaced out guitar drone. If that ain't the ingredients for record of the month my name is Prince Bloody William. Imagine if you will the best of THEE OH SEES jamming deep with MOON DUO, with the aid of some sort of retro type drug that only Brace Belden knows the name of and you would almost be right on the money. Heavy, without losing one single hook, repetitive without being the least bit boring and shamelessly stepped in the glory years of acid rock without being a boring regurgitating hipster. Be warned, this record will give you a contact high." --Maximum Rock N Roll #337