Com Truise (Live!)

Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12'-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls "mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk".

Haley's been making music on the side for roughly a decade—going through pseudonyms like toothbrushes (Sarin Sunday, SYSTM, Airliner)—first as a DJ, and currently, as an excavator of softer, window-fogging synth-wave.

While subliminally informed by both parental record collections and hints of faded electronics product design, Haley's Com Truise project isn't just nostalgia capitalization. There are fragments (read: DNA strands) of Joy Division, New Order, and the Cocteau Twins, but it's like you're hearing them through the motherboard of a waterlogged Xbox—demented and modern. He's got a way of making familiar things sound beautifully hand-smeared.

The first Com Truise release was the Cyanide Sisters EP—distributed for free on the AMdiscs label—where mellow stone-outs like "Sundriped" and "Slow Peels" sat next to harder IDM bangers ("BASF Ace" and "IWYWAW") and bumpy alt-funk trips ("Norkuy" and "Komputer"). After that came a single "Pyragony/Trypyra," and a series of eclectic podcast mixes titled "Komputer Cast." Now comfortably situated amidst the Ghostly roster, he's prepping his next warped pillage, and hopefully not changing that name again.

Their combination of tropical flavor and pre-punk elements dispersed on the stage and poured from the speakers. Bassist Daniel Denton kept a cool demure, but still served too much rhythmic bass for the crowd to handle. The mere image of the smiles on their faces helped show that they too enjoyed themselves just as much as the crowd dancing below." - LA Weekly

Los Angeles' Gothic Tropic introduces some hard edges to the playful world of psych-pop. The brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, Gothic Tropic keeps the vibe playful, but measured and dark with a unique lead guitar and vocal style that recalls catchy elements of pre-punk 70s acts such as Television, and Can.

Cecilia Della Peruti was born in New Jersey and lived with her father, composer and jazz player Carl Della Peruti. She moved to LA at age 11 to live with mother Juliana Gondek, who's performed as vocal soloist with many orchestras worldwide, and has collaborated with such musical luminaries as Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. Cecilia has worked with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for HitRecordTV and collaborates with Ryan Adams, Jon Sortland of Broken Bells, and has received interest from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O as a session player and developing artist. LA native and bassist Daniel Denton's signature style has greatly contributed to Gothic Tropic's experimental sound. Having played in early Metric, Denton's bass writing is dynamic and vigorous. He also currently collaborates with Chelsea Wolfe and others. Born and raised in Ohio, drummer Rhys Detrow studied jazz performance and drum set in NYC, and moved to LA in 2010. He's since been gigging in different projects and joined Gothic Tropic in January 2014.

Breakfast is a Los Angeles-based band comprised of Andrea Adolph, Max Bussell, Sean Dwyer, and Luciano Russo.

GUARDIAN manifests visions found within the depths of shared dreams and fantasies. Attuned to memories of an unbridled youth and a time and place not quite our own, resonant impressions fill our reveries. The darkest corners of neon nightclubs, anonymous sex in bar bathrooms, the hazy drug induced drive home. Moody and synth-drenched appregios evoke the saturated soundscapes of Dario Argento or John Carpenter soundtracks, while melodic vocals and liquid basslines assimilate the rhythmic experiments of New Order's Movement. Melding these fragmented visions into a cohesive musical aesthetic, GUARDIAN delivers a soundtrack where sonic daydreams and elusive sensations become real.

$3 at the Door / $10 after 10pm

$3 at the Door / $10 after 10pm

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Com Truise with Gothic Tropic, Breakfast, Guardian

Tuesday, June 25 · 8:00 PM at The Echo