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13 Torches For a Burn - MOVED TO LOS GLOBOS - combined as one show on 5/17
Hand of Dust, Croatian Amor, Puce Mary, Marching Church, Sexdrome, Lust For Youth, Age Coin, Girlseeker, Communions, Sejr
4904 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 5:00 PM
This event is all ages
Elias Rønnenfelt (Iceage)
Just out of their teens, it seems Copenhagen's Iceage have only added to the anxiety and tension that made their debut album, New Brigade, so compelling. But now, they're challenging their raging emotions instead of simply expressing them. You're Nothing, Iceage's sophomore album, is the sound of a band pushing their singular mix of punk, Goth, hardcore, and post-punk to even further extremes.
It's overwhelming how many ways Iceage have found to write the short aggressive rock song.
When you see Iceage live you get the feeling the songs are just about to fall apart before miraculously recovering, always rewarding you with a climax. This menacing energy is more forceful on You're Nothing. It is a more epic sound, like a rough sea.
Boredom can be bittersweet. In the case of downcast Copenhagen group Lower, it recently spawned a visceral EP of dense, beguiling punk poetry. Forming in 2009, the band emerged from a long-standing friendship between vocalist Adrian Toubro, 23, and drummer Anton Rothstein, 22, who met at primary school. But it was only after high school that the two settled on the humble idea of "starting a rock band," enlisting guitarist Simon Formann and bassist Kristian Emdal to round out their sound: the shrill creak and clangor of post-punk and no wave combined with the air-deprived urgency of 1980s hardcore.
Lower's debut Walk on Heads EP, originally released by the Danish label Escho and due Stateside in September via Blind Prophet, is a promising first listen, but it's with repeat plays that Toubro's lyrical ambition reveals itself. His gray, melodic lines muse on crushing lethargy and personal stagnation, adding substance to the band's repertoire. I first heard about Lower when the frontman for fellow Danish punks Iceage, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, mentioned them in an interview with The New York Times-- "It was almost annoying they could be so good," he said of their first gig-- which makes sense considering how inbred the Copenhagen scene can be. Along with Iceage and Lower, there's Sexdrome (in which Rothstein drums), VÅR (featuring Emdal on synth), Girlseeker, Skur, Hand of Dust, Redflesh, Dogmatist, Sejr, Pagan Youth, and Jackman, among others.
Lower's most recent 7", "Someone's Got It in for Me" b/w "But There Has to Be More" (released last October by the Austin label 540 Records) topped many Best Of lists of 2012 and in addition to a limited split 7" with ICEAGE (available only on this tour), they are planning a full-length for 2013 via Escho.
Hand of Dust
Hand Of Dust is an alternative rock band from Copenhagenn Denmark.
Puce Mary is the solo project of Copenhagen-based experimental musician Frederikke Hoffmeier. Closely affiliated with the punk scene that grew out of the danish capital and spawned labels like Posh Isolation and bands like Iceage, Vår and Lust for Youth, Hoffmeier has chosen a somewhat different path.
As a solo project, Puce Mary is constantly evolving and never stays in the same place for very long. Where the early tapes and vinyls on danish label Posh Isolation have been minimal with a dark edge, Hoffmeier has recently showcased her diversity through live performances and collaborations.
Since 2010, Elias Bender Rønnenfelt (Iceage, Vår) has used the Marching Church moniker to a variety of musical ends, both live and recorded. However, the project as it exists on This World Is Not Enough wasn’t born until November 2013. With a live performance looming and no real idea what the set would be, Rønnenfelt found a new vision for the band while daydreaming at a gig at the venue where Marching Church was set to perform. “What I pictured was me in a comfortable armchair, adorned in a golden robe, leading a band while a girl kept pouring me champagne when I required it,” Rønnenfelt explained. “This raised the question, ‘What sort of music would go along with this picture?’” Rønnenfelt discovered the answer to that question with a lineup rounded out by Kristian Emdal and Anton Rothstein of Lower, Cæcilie Trier (Choir of Young Believers), Bo H. Hansen (Hand of Dust, Sexdrome) and Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary). Under Rønnenfelt’s leadership, the group composed some music, rehearsed twice, and played their show. It was decided that night, at the behest of the sound engineer Lars Rex, that this incarnation of Marching Church would make a record. This World Is Not Enough was influenced at first by obscure works like David Maranha’s experimental drone-rock saga Antarctica, and eventually by soul bandleaders like James Brown and Sam Cooke. “The whole month of writing and rehearsing and the one week we had in the studio was truly an explosion of ideas,” Rønnenfelt said. “Improvisation, something I have never worked with before, was crucial in the making if this album, considering the loose nature of the writing on some of these songs. The album works because of the bands incredible ability of breathing life into these, at times, very simple ideas and experiments.” “We decided to record the songs with all six of us in the same room, with me singing and directing. Only the horns, children’s choir and a few dubs were added,” Rønnenfelt adds. “I am dumbfounded in how we managed to pull it off, considering the limited time and the fact that we couldn’t afford to pay anybody involved.”
The eight tracks that made the final cut are, in Rønnenfelt’s words, “songs of nocturnal longing, preposterous self-obsession and cockeyed etiquette.” They move effortlessly between Bruce Springsteen bombast, Nick Cave menace, and James Brown swagger while never sounding like the work of anyone but Rønnenfelt himself. This World Is Not Enough is a defining statement in his career, and doubtlessly the brightest star in the Marching Church firmament.
Sexdrome formed in 2008, hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. The band plays Trashy, Raw Black Metal Punk with an uproar that explodes into a supernova of psychosexual mayhem.
Lust For Youth
Lust for Youth is the solo vehicle of Swedish electronic musician Hannes Norrvide. The project began in 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at a collective venue/practice space when Norrvide's friends were starting up a punk band. He was inspired to join in, but he only had access to a somewhat useless toy keyboard, so due to the limitations of his instrument, he opted instead to make music alone. The early experiments of Lust for Youth were raw, primitive, and drony. Norrvide worked on the project tirelessly, releasing several cassette albums and miscellaneous 7" singles before the release of 2011's proper full-length, Solar Flare, on the Italian label Avant! Records. At this point Lust for Youth had grown from its hazy beginnings into a tormented darkwave sound, minimal electronics, and gothic beats that bordered on harsh noise. Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome joined Hannes in collaboration following the release of the record, and the duo played shows throughout Europe. In 2012 the harsh and dissonant Growing Seeds album materialized, released again on Avant! in Europe and on Sacred Bones in the United States. Around that time the band relocated from Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark. They followed in 2013 with third album Perfect View, again released on Sacred Bones.
Age Coin, the Danish duo of Simon Formann and Kristian Emdal whose work you may have previously encountered as members of the Copenhagen based bands Lower, Var and Girlseeker.
Girlseeker hail from the very productive Copenhagen scene, in which mainly Iceage is breaking necks lately. Girlseeker was born through the anus of that indie punk scene. They sound like the retarded cousin of Ariel Pink or as Joy Division on an afterparty on poppers at 2 pm.
Communions is a new young quartet, from the same four-wall rehearsal space as Copenhagen contemporaries Iceage and Lower, and under the same roof as most of Copenhagen’s new punk, industrial and synth scene - at the studio and venue complex called Mayhem in Copenhagen.
Though Communions share a flame with the current Copenhagen wave, the torch is certainly their own. The four tracks that make up their debut EP entitled Cobblestones map out the aches and hopes of young hearts with remarkable precision and honesty, and is done with an unusual ear for melody and song writing.
The four young men, brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, together with Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen recorded their debut on their own - in their rehearsal space at Mayhem and in Frederik’s living room, resulting in songs sounding exactly as they were intended, where the guitars scream like torn throats and the songs beat in rhythm of young hearts pouring over with passion.
Raw black metal from Copenhagen, with members of Iceage and Redflesh.
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