The Legendary Pink Dots
Orbit Service, Ruby Ridge
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Legendary Pink Dots
1980. An unstable hostile city named London.An unstable hostile planet named Earth where fat right forefingers hovered over big red buttons which ,if pressed ,would have started that final countdown.Cue the song, the big hair ,the 80s. Dressed to the 9s, made-up like a wedding cake, fat right forefinger poised over a "c" on a cheap synthesizer. Could there be a better climate for a band like The Legendary Pink Dots to spring into life?
Everything was home-made. A string of cassettes with covers created on the kitchen table. Sessions by candlelight , sometimes for hours.Neighbours banged on the walls.They had issues about those loud songs referring to that inevitable final countdown while they were watching the news.
The first photo sessions were in local graveyards. Frequently The Dots would bump into other bands. It rained a lot. We looked to the sky…….it was perpetually ominous.
Roll on 33 years and , gasp, we're STILL HERE! Saints Alive (and a few died in the meantime) ,The Pink Dots are up to around 50 or 60 albums by now but information as to the exact number is sketchy. It's still raining, but thankfully the passion has not been dampened.
"The Gethsemane Option" has been a year in the making.The finger over the "c" has strayed and the helpless listener is now pelted with intricate melodies ,runaway rhythms, Thelonius chords. The lyrics are still as obscure as ever and it's whispered that the new album revolves around a central concept, but singer and wordsmith Edward Ka-Spel is saying nothing about that. Concept albums were already passe in the 80s.It's 2013. The World has changed. No big red buttons….just passwords for passwords for passwords and nobody will find a way through that complicated labyrinth, will they?
Sing while You May.
"This band is in a class of its own, where the more sociopathic side of Pink Floyd meets the twisted musical imagery of The Legendary Pink Dots and Edward Ka-Spel, as unlikely as it seems. Emotionally draining and highly recommended."
- François Couture, All Music Guide
Orbit Service is the musical project of Colorado-based producer/engineer Randall Frazier (helmet room, Bela Karoli, Kal Cahoone) produced in collaboration with Kim G. Hansen (Antenne), Dennis Swanson (Day Dissolved Dream) and Kirill Nikolai (Still Light).
"Atmospheric sounds of shifting density like time lapse images of weather patterns."
- Dave Herrera, Westword
"…this imaginative Colorado quartet gently weaves acoustic guitar, soft electric guitar, tranquil drums and often subliminal keys, bass and accordion into a dreamy mix…"
- Bryan Reesman, Downbeat Magazine
"Immense, beautifully epic sadness…."
"Orbit Service delivers an atmospheric dose of brooding, black hole rock. Eerie strings hang over the album like dark, velveteen drapes, and an ambient moodiness prevails."
- Georgiana Cohen, Splendid Magazine
"The group's layered, melancholic sounds will blow its listeners' minds."
- Kevin Hopper, Albuquerque Journal
Ruby Ridge is the husband-and-wife team of John and Cal Von B. Since the fall of 2011, the duo have been refining a dark and energetic style of electronic music which incorporates influences from post-punk, industrial, minimal techno, synthwave, psych, ambient and more into a sound that is fresh and timely. John's early background in hardcore punk and no wave and Cal's childhood love of prog and new age music provide an interesting dynamic tension to the proceedings.
The duo's refreshing disregard for genre conventions and refusal to be pigeonholed has had the effect of winning them converts in a diverse array of scenes and communities. It's not every group that is equally comfortable playing with DIY indie favorites like Japanther and Pictureplane as they are playing with hip-hop legends like the Coup and People Under the Stairs or internationally-recognized EDM DJs like Moldy and John Barera.
In the last year, Ruby Ridge has played shows on both coasts, completed a triptych of self-released EPs recorded in three different states and garnered praise from critics both local (the Weekly Dig, boston.com) and international (20jazzfunkgreats). The duo show no signs of slowing down, so there's really no telling where 2013 will bring them!
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