Spirit of '68 Presents
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, GIVE, Waxeater
1021 South Walnut St
Bloomington, IN, 47401
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
I have a little window I peer out of at my house in Rohnert Park where I sit at night and write things down that have come to me throughout the day. Most of the stuff has to do with people, how we treat each other, and our ever increasing ability to hurt one another, as well as unconditionally love. It’s always amazed me, the contrast in which we move and work. While writing “Zoo,” I was confronted with the problem of confining humans, in that – I didn’t want to harp on the fact that we’re killing ourselves, and each other all the time, or fall into the habit of writing things that seemed too pessimistic about our current state – something punk and hardcore bands have pursued many times over. We all have a cluster of emotions in us that are always there, and articulating those many sides was my main dilemma. I think the music reflects that. There are songs on the record that sound fast, slow, eerie, full, or abrupt, each one different, but at the same time very similar. This is what reviewers call “comprehensive.” I suppose this record is our first sort of comprehensive sounding record, in that – each song binds to one another better than we’ve done in the past. The title “Zoo,” comes from the idea that we’re all living in a world that has been heavily structured for us, by us, which feels strange because no other civilization has been so extensive in furthering comfort, entertainment, schedule, and basic living. The problem being – with existing here on earth comes suffering, suffering that often sneaks up on us as bewilderment, and with that suffering brings people who try to relate the state we’re in, in order to soften the blows. “Zoo” isn’t a concept record, or any attempt at changing people’s minds, or exacting the world’s problems, it’s just a pursuit in trying to understand what it means to be a human living in a world that sometimes seems too full of everything, because it is – it’s full of us, an extremely complicated people, and we’re doing all we can to live in harmony, free from whatever it is that closes us in, bars us, and cages the joy of being here. - Ross Farrar 5:52 PM
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Ed Schrader lives in Baltimore, Maryland where he spends his time fueling his David Bowie obsession and releasing songs through the Wham City arts collaborative alongside fellow Baltimore resident Dan Deacon. With only a handful of demos available online, it's anyone's guess what exactly to expect from this multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire—if his two demo songs are any indication, get ready for minimalist psychedelic punk with Schrader's high pitch vocals and fuzzed out, lo-fi distortion.
Conceived in Iraq, the back of a van hurtling across the desert, Mississippi, and the leaf shrouded seclusion of a Mount Pleasant basement, GIVE has existed in one form or another for close to five years. We played our first show in November of '08, since then we have played many shows in many places. We've had three recording sessions, all with Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA.
DIGGIN' THROUGH THE DITCHES, BURNING THROUGH THE WITCHES, EATIN' PIZZA, TACO-ING OUR RIFFS, HAVING ONE DUDE NAMED ROB, RIDING IN VANNE FRANK, DRINKING BOURBON, FIXIN' OUR OWN VAN, WATCHIN' WAYNE'S WORLD 2, GETTIN' ELECTROCUTED, LOVIN' AMERICA, HAVIN' A BABY, POKING SMOT, AND SLAMMING IN THE BACK OF OUR DRAGULA.