Forma, Luna Honey
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Exploded View is a collaborative project helmed by the UK-born, Berlin-based political-journalist-turned-musician Anika (Invada Records / Stones Throw). After playing a string of 2014 solo shows in Mexico with a backing lineup composed of local producers Martin Thulin, Hugo Quezada and Amon Melgarejo, Anika and her new bandmates discovered a chemistry that they simply had to capture on tape.
During their rehearsals in Mexico City, the four musicians discovered a new sound, several steps removed from the krautrock-isms of Anika’s previous work. The straight to tape sessions that followed in the San Rafael neighborhood, ventured somewhere new; a lighter place, unguarded, veering from any script. Improvisation was the guiding principle and the source of the band’s inspiration. The studio itself was outfitted so that every sound produced in the room would be recorded. A Tascam 388 8-track captured everything – fully live, fully improvised, first-takes only. Produced by Thulin and Quezada and mastered by Josh Bonati in NYC, the long player is due out in August 2016.
‘No More Parties In The Attic’ is a song that finds power in its conflict; a demented collage of noisy perplexing tones and ominous drones backed with distorted guitars, a devastating bass line and fractured rhythms. While Anika’s jarring vocal display may appear softer than her previous works, the song is laced with her unmistakable icy & nonchalant vocals delivered in ruinous calm.
FORMA is a trio formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, currently consisting of members Mark Dwinell, George Bennett and John Also Bennett. FORMA’s mixture of minimalism, ambient explorations, kosmische, and frenetic rhythm has captivated the international experimental music community since their 2011 self-titled debut on John Elliott’s influential Spectrum Spools label. Following 2012’s darker OFF/ON, the trio stepped onto the perimeter of the dance floor with their 2014 Cool Haptics EP on The Bunker New York. Physicalist (2016), their debut for Kranky, was a shift in a new direction for the group – their first recording to utilize acoustic instrumentation alongside their formidable electronic arsenal. FORMA’s celebrated live performances – extended, often improvisational journeys using an interconnected array of modular synthesizers and acoustic sounds – draw a wide range of synth, noise, ambient and dance music devotees into their realm.
Luna Honey draws on influences from The Birthday Party, Carla Bozulich, Leonard Cohen, Swans, and Dead Can Dance to combine murky bass grooves, unhinged distortion, and haunted vocals for a sound that builds from darkly hypnotic to feverishly unmoored. Their songs examine what it means to grow older, to let go of guilt, to embrace fear, and to find the balance between safety and a meaningful existence.
Luna Honey was formed on vocalist Maura Pond and bassist Levi Flack's honeymoon in Colombia when the couple decided that they should spend their first year of marriage dedicating themselves to something both had always wanted to do- put out an LP of original music.
That dream became a reality in April of 2017 when they befriended music scene veteran Benjamin Schurr at a Br'er show at DC's Black Cat.
While waiting in line together for a Nick Cave show they'd road tripped to Philly for, Ben made an impassioned speech on the duty of the artist to work with what you've got to create whatever original and meaningful art you are capable of.
On Friday the 13th in October 2017, which was the release date for Ben’s “Brunch is for A$$holes” LP with Br’er, as well as Maura and Levi’s anniversary weekend, the three spent several frenetic days in Maura and Levi’s house in Anacostia recording the bulk of the songs and fulfilling the pledge made a year before. The resulting 8 track LP is a testament to what is possible when you surrender your ego and open yourself up to other people and ideas.
Looking for a way to translate the energy of the recordings into a live set, Luna Honey added baritone sax player Madeline Billhimer in February 2018.