The Electric Grandmother, Catscan!
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Blasting up from the cityscape of Cincinnati, OH are JetLab, an American 4-piece band, fronted by songwriters Elle Crash and Nick Barrows, with drummer Dave Welsh and guitarist Brian Smith. Grounded in the tradition of groups with multiple singers and writers, JetLab offers a wild two-sided perspective that merges rock and soul with dance and electronica, wrapping heart-hitting bass in loops of keyboards with acoustic and electric guitar with just a ghostly hint of hip-hop. With the goal of luring even shoe-gaze types to surrender control of their feet and dance, they start with a old-school rock sound that's influenced by David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Stones, mixed with the influence of Foster the People, The Cars, LCD Sound System, Big Audio Dynamite, Gang of Four and the Talking Heads
The band formed in 2013, based on a bet between Elle and Nick to see if they could create something that would marry the mix of rock and dance that would entice the Cincinnati scene to lose control and dance again.
Drawing from their long-term pedigree of acclaimed performances in Cincinnati and beyond, and their experience of collectively opening up for Heartless Bastards, Mates of State, Happy Chichester, Dressy Bessy, The Bound Stems, Shag and Jenny Lewis and more, Elle Crash (Lovely Crash, The Fairmount Girls) and Nick Barrows (4 Track Allstars, Eagle to Squirrel, Jack Burton Overdrive) convinced drummer Dave Welsh (Jack Burton Overdrive, FrogMan) to join them in the basement lab to experiment with the base sound. They've emerged with a self-titled debut album recorded, mixed, and mastered at Candyland with Mike Montgomery (Ampline)
The Electric Grandmother
Pete and Mary Alice met on the internet and fell in love in 1996, before it was cool. Pete then moved from his hometown of Aurora, Ohio to be with his then girlfriend in Kaneohe, Hawai’i.
The Electric Grandmother started in 1999 in Hawaii as a solo project of Pete, keeping up the lo-fi/sitcom-themed tradition of his former band The Doldrums. Pete and Mary Alice moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2001. Following a series of hand-made cassette recordings, the first official “public” EG release occurred with 2003’s CD-R release, “My Imaginary Audience.” Subsequent CD-R releases included 2003’s “Dickalis” and 2004’s “Sin City Sex Mix.” In 2004, EG first took the stage, with Mary Alice joining the band offstage as a live performance projectionist. Early live performances included the use of a bubble machine, inflatable objects, disorienting lights, and garbage bags full of balloons. In 2004, Pete and Mary Alice eloped and were married by a decrepit woman in Las Vegas.
2005 marked the 4th CD-R release by EG, entitled “Pee Sells…But Who’s Buying?” In 2007, EG signed a contract with Columbus label All Hail Records and released “The Stenographer,” which received a 4/4 star rating from Alternative Press magazine and significant college radio play.
In 2010, EG released the album “Listening Party” on the Cleveland/San Francisco based label Infinite Number of Sounds Recording Company. The album received a healthy 7/10 rating from the online magazine Pop Matters. Mary Alice shifted from offstage projection to projecting onstage while handling backup vocal duties. The band officially becomes a duo.
In 2011, the band moved from Columbus to Washington DC, with 120 live shows and six-full length albums under their belts.
Hey, doesn’t your band name come from an old movie I saw on TV when I was a little kid?
Yes. There was a made for TV movie called “The Electric Grandmother“ that originally aired in 1982. It is based on the Ray Bradbury novel I Sing the Body Electric. It is an extremely bizarre movie starring Maureen Stapleton.
CATSCAN! is an electronic rock duo based out of Washington, DC. Two men, Mason Shelby and Paul Tsiaperas, experiment with unusual instrumentation and minimalist arrangements of mostly pop songs since the year 2000.
They have a new album out called Challenger Deep and put out one new song every month.
Our "genre" is not easily defined; we feel this, in some ways, is a victory in and of itself. There is a certain maniacal irreverance present in much of our material which suggests punk rock. However, the use of digital manipulation, sampling, synthesizers, and exotic acoustic instruments suggests something else entirely.
CATSCAN! performs, primarily, as a two-piece rock unit accompanied by a pre-recorded electronic rhythm section. However, we sometimes perform with other humans (drummers, additional guitarists/vocalists/keyboardists, euphoniums, etc.) and sometimes without any machines at all.
The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room
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