Solid Gold, Marijuana Deathsquads

So the Portuguese have this saying: saudade, a single word that summarizes an entire state of being, a lingering sense of longing for lost love and sepia-toned snapshots of yesterday. The way Solid Gold sees it, saudade might as well be the subtitle of their second album: Eat Your Young, a slow-burning set of skittish synths, glassy beats, ripple effect riffs, and melancholic melodies that leave you wondering what left a trail of scar tissue deep within the group's core trio (frontman Zack Coulter and multi-instrumentalists Matthew Locher and Adam Hurlburt).

Eat Your Young creeps across your speakers like a quiet storm, ebbing and flowing at every turn, from the exorcised demons of "The Pendulum" to the bookending outbursts of "Shock Notice" and "In the Hollows." All of which sounds incredibly confident despite the record's shades of darkness. That's because Solid Gold spent years developing their musical and lyrical concepts, beginning with their smoky club formation at the University of Wisconsin—Locher and Coulter were in the same architecture class—and becoming much more of a serious pursuit once the group moved to Minneapolis and tracked their 2008 debut, Bodies of Water.

"Our instrumentation ranges from crude to classic," adds Locher. "All of us operate within those parameters. The best way to describe our songwriting process is 'atomic'—electrons trying to rip themselves from a nucleus to recombine into new forms."

Maybe that's why Eat Your Young brings to mind everything from the gleaming skyscrapers of Blade Runner to the dimly lit streets of a midnight drive. Or as Locher puts it, alluding to the band's push and pull dynamics, "Dystopian futures, wrought with oppression and rich with struggle, just seem to fit our sound best."

Marijuana Deathsquads

Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, electronic-hardcore project lead by Ryan Olson, (producer/writer of POLIÇA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale, and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S). With multiple drummers, a slew of electronic instruments, and highly effected vocals, their live shows are a violent onslaught of improvised electronic-hardcore.

Polica (DJ Set)

POLIÇA began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs' members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed into the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on Lay Your Cards Out and Wandering Star, the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy's passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.

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Solid Gold, Marijuana Deathsquads with Polica (DJ Set)

Sunday, June 16 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Firebird