MINUS HEAD RECORDS PRESENTS
Black Map (featuring members of Dredg, Far and The Trophy Fire), Death Valley High, King Loses Crown
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102
This event is all ages
Brothers Anton and Lewis Patzner of Judgement Day have been bringing their unique, high-energy brand of “string metal” to rabid audiences for over half a decade now. Their innovative style and shredding chops on violin and cello have earned them US and European tours with buzz bands like Mates of State and dredg and guest spots on the albums of heavy-weights from Bright Eyes to Slash. Add to the line-up the heavy-hitting, double-kick-pedaling drummer Jon Bush and an extensive array of vintage effects pedals and you’ve got a highly unique concoction that TheBayBridged.com calls “a distinctly progressive, experimental take on the guitar-less metal band, taking full advantage of the strengths of the strings while pushing the sound in unexpected directions.”
Black Map (featuring members of Dredg, Far and The Trophy Fire)
Black Map. A clean slate, an open-ended set of directions with no boundaries or guidelines tying you to any predetermined path? Or a bleak, morbid symbol of nothing-good-to-come, no matter which journey you choose? Maybe a little bit of both? Dystopian themes and dark lyrical images sit atop bombastic, surging rhythms and melodies - suggesting all paths are possible, but you may lose a few things along the way. This is Black Map. Mark Engles (guitar). Ben Flanagan (vocals, bass). Chris Robyn (drums).
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Black Map is a perfect sonic intersection of its members' pasts. In 2010, Ben Flanagan found his anthem-heavy pop band The Trophy Fire taking some time off from the road, and simultaneously found himself becoming fast friends with Mark Engles of the internationally popular experimental art rock band, Dredg. It wasn't long before Flanagan was touring the world with Dredg as a side guitarist/vocalist. The two friends became inseparable, sharing their affinity for 90s rock bands that melded the heavy and the beautiful, such as Northern California cult icons, Far - which just so happened to be the former band of their friend, Chris Robyn. With Far as a major influence, Engles and Flanagan began writing the heaviest, most powerful music they could muster - while still keeping the strong sense of melody their other projects are known for. The duo took some of their early ideas to Robyn and when the three men began playing music together in the same room, the synergy and spark was instantaneous.
With the touring schedule for Dredg not nearly as busy as in the past, and with Robyn stepping down as a touring member of Crosses (side project of Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far), Black Map was able to find time to record their forthcoming "Driver EP" (out Feb 25), and will hit the road in 2014. The group unceremoniously released their debut single "I'm Just The Driver" on YouTube in November to overwhelming response, and were soon featured on BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show" best tracks of 2013. Let Black Map be your guide.
Death Valley High
Death Valley High could awaken the dead with their brand of heavy doom pop. Driven by undead anthems like "Multiply" and "She Wants to Kill," Doom, In Full Bloom see Death Valley High evolving immensely from their debut 2007's The Similarities of the Loveless and the Undead. Death Valley High frontman Reyka Osburn is a veteran of Tinfed, Ghostride, and Will Haven, and he co-wrote "Lucky You" for Deftones on their gold-selling 2003 self-titled release. With that pedigree, the Northern California quartet carve out hard rock that's as pummeling as it is danceable. With Doom, In Full Bloom, Death Valley High will soon be on everyone's mind.
King Loses Crown
Darker than Devo, faster than Depeche Mode, denser than Killing Joke, but sharing the apocalyptic atmosphere of those artists San Francisco's King Loses Crown infuses punk and electro into a fiery, dance-defying blast to the senses.