Dave Kiss Presents...
Klaus Johann Grobe
Vinyl Williams, Grimace Federation
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Klaus Johann Grobe
The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams's world is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.
Williams's approach to music is almost purely aesthetic, arranging ecstatically ornate patterns that juxtapose the electric guitar chords with the bass line in rapturously risky variations. Without a doubt, it's not your average psychedelic pop music. It doesn't veil simple campfire chords with spring & fuzz. It's more like stretched-out jazz for the layman, allowing one to be aware of its changes without them passing by you unconsciously.
Williams also creates his own immersive realms in the form of 360º videos, downloadable explorable worlds, and interactive web art. These ineffable environments impress upon transcendental incorporeal states of being around the center star of Orion – Alnilam.
Before meeting Iasos (founder of New Age music) in 2013, Williams already had an out-of-body experience where he visited this syncretic haven. During their conversation, Iasos revealed a similar experience that had occurred where an ineffable intelligence "Vesta" sent endless hours of higher dimensional footage into his mind in an instant. The process hence has been a process of discovering how these visual architectural & sonic atmospheric forms can be concentrated in a pop structure. The main ambition of the group is to transmute qualitative opposites into an equilibrium of light & sound, that ultimately has a beneficial affect for the audience.
Active since 2007, the group have toured extensively with Toro y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mount Kimbie, This Will Destroy You, Temples, among others.
The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams's Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious
surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive
rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic
quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies
into a macrocosmic epicenter.
Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream
palace. It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA
he's involved in) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on
Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams's long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar & synth on several tracks.
Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette
devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar & synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the
warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.
"Grimace Federation's sonic collages create a symphonic, cinematic, and immense sound. The band's musical foundation could be discovered in the grooves of records from post-rock legends such as Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, and Stereolab, while latter day influences, like Mogwai and Black Sabbath, and a lifetime of collecting obscure underground hip-hop records notably seep into their symbiotic chaos. Most recently, Grimace Federation provided instrumentation on the new Aesop Rock record following their "The Measure in Mixture" release.