1.21 Gigawatts presents
1.21 Issue 5 Release Party with Chappo, Dead Stars, Slonk Donkerson, Jangula, Heeney
Brooklyn, NY, 11211-4119
This event is all ages
CHAPPO first became cause célèbre for lovers of fuzzy space rock when a song from their self
released Plastique Universe EP, "Come Home" inexplicably landed in an Apple iPod commercial, and
was called "an excellently overstuffed garage-psych sound" by Pitchfork. They followed up by
independently releasing another concept EP, Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess, continuing their
rambunctious place in the Brooklyn DIY scene. 2012 saw new milestones, including the release of their
debut album Moonwater on Majordomo Records, touring with indie luminaries Of Montreal, and playing
major festivals including Bonnaroo and Osheaga. Moonwater received further praise from SPIN, who
noted "nods to classic indie (Pixies, a dash of Grandaddy); with just enough psych-swirls to stay groovy"
and maintained a spot on Sirius XM - Alt Nation's top 18 for over 20 weeks. CHAPPO is hitting the road
again for a coast to coast North American tour this spring.
"...Dead Stars have some immediately familiar sounds even on the first listen—Pixies' loud-soft-loud trademark, Built to Spill, Pavement and Hum when they decide to unleash the wall of guitars. Anyone claiming to be a fan of those bands should get this album today..."
Slonk Donkerson is a band consisting of Parker Silzer '12, Dylan VanDenHoeck and Zack O'Brien. They grew up together in a pristine slice of suburbia in NY called Pound Ridge, but Dylan warmly refers to it as "The Shire" because of its "lush and calm" nature. The band recorded a short EP Wyoma last year and just released their first full-length, self-titled LP this summer, both of which you can pick up now free on their website. In addition, they've recently played a few shows at local all-purpose-artsy-space AS220 as well as at similar venues in New York City.
While Slonk Donkerson officially formed about a year ago, its roots run much deeper. Parker, the guitarist, and Dylan, the bassist and lead singer, have been jamming together "for forever," according to Parker. Their previous musical projects leaned more toward the "folky, bearded, acoustic-guitar-strumming" side of the rock spectrum before they shaved off the facial hair and plugged in their axes. They recruited Zack, an old friend, to drum with them, and so Slonk Donkerson was born.
Parker and Dylan came up with the silly yet harmonious moniker "Slonk Donkerson" by "just sitting around giggling and making up weird titles," according to Parker. Little did they know that "slonk" according to Urban Dictionary.com can mean either: 1) "A very annoying person"; 2) "A sudden onset of tiredness"; or 3) "An enormous tird[sic] that clogs up the toilet," changing the band name into anything from a nonsensical surname to an ironic pun to a crass, vulgar statement. Nevertheless, the band prefers to consider the name holistically. Parker believes it fits them well. "That's us," he says. "We're earnest but we don't take ourselves too seriously."
Inspired by '80's alternative/punk bands like The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and Wipers, Slonk Donkerson's sound is strongly reminiscent of that era of coffee-stained wife beaters, shredded denim, and shoulder-length, unkempt hair—much like the mane Dylan sports now. On their self-titled LP, fuzzed out guitar, dark bass lines, and Dylan's at times melancholy, at times aggressive vocals mesh into an unfamiliar, off-kilter experience. "In It 4 the Chase" evokes a dark, chaotic ambiance while "Dumb" features an uptempo beat and punchy shouts that can easily pump up a crowd. In an increasingly cluttered music scene, Slonk Donkerson hopes to distinguish itself with solid songwriting and a "strong conceptual backing" that wields this dark punk aesthetic.
-Brown Daily Herald
Jangula is a four-piece based out of Brooklyn. Although "Strange Child" is their second studio EP, they have released hundreds of bedroom recordings to those with their ears to the ground for over six years. Their featured instrument is a Q-Chord, a touch-pad based synthesizer that projects a Legend of Zelda ice cavern mystery. Through this instrument combined with dynamic powerhouse drumming, dream-state guitar riffs and driving, serpent-like bass rhythms, Jangula is able to yield diverse sounds featured most prominently on "The Chamber Ritual" and "Hanging Gardens".