Ad Hoc presents
Adult., Black Marble, Eraas, YOU
Brooklyn, NY, 11211-4119
This event is all ages
Electro pioneers ADULT return in May with a dark and devastating new LP, "The Way Things Fall" on Ghostly Records, and in June take The Echo stage for PART TIME PUNKS (!!). Founded in 1998 and often (mistakenly) lumped into the Electroclash movement, the band are even more accurately described as Synthpunk or even Minimal Synth or Minimal Wave. Fusing analog synths with punk aggression and sparse 808 beats, the band were releasing these records well over a decade before a term like "Minimal Wave" was even coined. All to say...Adult are a band who have always been out of time. Still pioneers, innovators and true artists. And PTP is proud to welcome them back to Lost Angeles for the first time in more than half a decade.
Black Marble is one of the latest and greatest additions to the Brooklyn synthwave lexicon. Their stark, alienating textures cloister a vaguely hopeful intensity, like a lone and distant rhythm echoing from the hull of a lost deep sea vessel. Reminiscent of early DIY synth recordings, which pitted emotional undercurrents against wan dystopian landscapes, Black Marble's sound struggles to squeeze blood from monolithic concrete.
Collaborators Ty Kube and Chris Stewart take their inspiration from a disparate group of past musicians who dared to mix punk ethics with cold electronics, resulting in an enigmatic, handmade style that recalls the isolated-but-uplifting feel of early European minimal and coldwave music. Triumphantly bleak but undeniably infectious, Black Marble's debut EP Weight Against the Door arrives, appropriately, at the height of winter
ERAAS is a tribal atmospheric quartet based in Brooklyn led by its two founding members Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz which arose from the ashes of New England-based project Apse in 2011, forming with the desire to create more ritualistic and darker themes. Live, the band, generally as a 4-piece, elicit foreboding, cautionary themes, mixing driving percussion, krautrock basslines tangled with hypnotic guitars and ethereal vocals.
NYC post-punk outfit YOU. may have a heart that beats for Detroit
(vocalist and founding member Trever Millay and synth/drum
programmer Brad Taormina both hail from there), but the soul of their music stretches far beyond the Midwest. Sunchaser is their third record, and first for Dais, and also their first to feature their expanded lineup of guitarist Scott Kiernan and bassist Lee Lichtsinn. YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold. Sunchaser refines those qualities, almost to the point of reinvention. There are humans, and humanity, beneath the shell, and YOU. makes the most of the studio environment to bring this across. Tracks like “Breaking Collapse” and the title track push simple, effective melodies in the face of austerity, and make the stone walls collapse, beaming with hope in the face of adversity, while still retaining a distant, reserved presence. Opening track “Feral” gallops along the loose swing of Taormina’s drum machine, evoking Suicide’s pulse and using it to somewhat brighter means. The entirety of Sunchaser was recorded by Sean Ragon (Cult of Youth) at Heaven Street, and his previous work with YOU. informs the care he put into the production, rendered soft and discreet, the sound of systems working thanklessly in the dead of night to keep us alive and safe