Thrones, Darsombra, Noise-A-Tron, Teach Me Equals

Ladies Choice Presents

Thrones

Darsombra

Noise-A-Tron

Teach Me Equals

Fri, August 4, 2017

9:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Thrones
Thrones
Thrones is the project of Joe Preston, a Seattle musician who played bass in Earth and Melvins. Conceived in 1994, Thrones emerged with a cassette (on Punk In My Vitamins) and with the single Reddleman/Algol (Punk In My Vitamins) . The album Alraune (Communion, 1996) presented an infinitely more mature musician, a full-fledged composer, and one who likes to take chances. The single Senex/Silvery Colorado (Soda Girl Records) was followed by the EP White Rabbit, White Rabbit (Kill Rock Stars, 1999). While these recordings overflow with ideas, and Preston's realization is always inventive, it is hard to define what Thrones is all about. Preston sounds more like someone who is looking for a style, rather than one who has a style. These are still formative works.

The EP Sperm Whale (Kill Rock Stars, 2000) refines Preston's approach in a more focused manner. While still spread 360 degrees all over the musical front, the tracks zoom on a tragic poet and his quest for a noir atmosphere. The whirlwind of distortions, android samplings and science-fiction sounds in the instrumental Oso Malo resembles the most nightmarish Six Finger Satellite, but the cavernous Melvins sludge is only a few minutes away. Preston's true soul is in these extreme sonic experiments, that balance grunge heaviness and an almost jazz aesthetics: the threnody for bass and electronics that opens Ephraim, the ominous bass theme that carries a loud distortion in Manmtn, the exoteric requiem from which Obolus takes off. Preston's tactic is to rip these morbid moods apart with torrid, infernal riffs and grooves. The effect is particularly gripping in Obolus, a veritable prayer from the underworld. In between the major experiments, Preston still enjoys surreal diversions. The best one here is Nuts And Berries, that comes through as a grindcore version of Syd Barrett.

After a five-year hiatus, Day Late Dollar Short (Southern Lord, 2005) collects singles an rarities.
Darsombra
Darsombra
Audio/visual duo of Brian Daniloski and Ann Everton, who create music with influences in psych, prog, kraut, and other experimental genres.
Noise-A-Tron
Noise-A-Tron
When you think of two piece bands, you usually get what you expect. Rarely are you ever blown away by the lack of members creating all of the sound you have come to expect from full bands. Not that it's a bad thing, but something more often than not sounds lacking. This is what makes Noise-A-Tron so unique amongst the trend of minimalist musicians. Noise-A-Tron is one drummer, Jason Bledsoe, and one bass player (who doubles on keyboard, synth and samples), Lea Bledsoe.

Jason started playing drums in 1995 in a small rural area of Indiana, and after a brief move to Washington, ended up in Florida playing with the band Bullhead. The band had recorded 2 EP's, and in the summer of 2000, added Terror Organ bassist Lea Rudko. Lea was born in Michigan and grew up in Los Angeles, California where she began to play bass. At 21 Lea moved to Tampa, Florida and was the creative force behind two piece experimental noise project Terror Organ with Angel Corpse singer/bassist Pete Helmkamp. After both bands had disbanded in early 2002, both Jason and Lea had started playing with The Human Echo and were married in 2005. The Human Echo put out two full-length LP's, and after several tours, finally called it quits in early 2009. From there the ashes of The Human Echo became Noise-A-Tron in August of 2009.

Noise-A-Tron's music is both parts heavy and atmospheric noise. It's a sonic assault that's melodic, moody, menacing, and equally overwhelming. Even with the lack of a vocalist it never loses any of its edge, and it never gets stale. The band's debut self-titled EP, released in August of 2010, is a perfect example of the genres finest attributes. It showcases all of the bands ability to churn out abrasive riffs layered with noise and sampling, without being redundant. The band never holds on to an idea for too long, so it never wears out its welcome. Live the band is able to perfectly replicate those layers of sound. Watching the band is also an experience. Jason is a heavy hitter on the drums. He keeps things tight and solid, while Lea goes back and forth from her 8-string bass to her keyboards and mixer, constructing all the riffs and filling in all the blanks. Everything falls perfectly into place.
Teach Me Equals
Teach Me Equals
Teach Me Equals is not afraid of the dark. They perform vivisection on pop music with electric string instruments -manipulating live loops, damaged rhythms, and storms of fuzz to create a lurid, hypnotic wall of sound. The project originated in south FL in 2011, moved onto the road in 2013, and is now based out of Olympia, WA. They released their debut LP, Knives In The Hope Chest in September, 2014, and recently gave a taste of what's to come on their split EP RedRumsey / Teach Me Equals (EXF / Dischord Records, 2016).

“Between the unconventional instrumentation and angular compositions their music sounds like musique concrète run through the ’90s Pacific Northwest experimental hardcore scene.”
- Entertainment Weekly

“They really blew my fucking mind…chamber-ish music with a punk-rock fury.”
-Baltimore City Paper

“(Debut LP) Knives in the Hope Chest is a stunning initial statement…There’s something new and groundbreaking here. If redefining pop was their goal, Teach Me Equals have succeeded, leaving only the question of what they are capable of accomplishing next.”
- Savage Henry Magazine

“Teach Me Equals: The Future of Pop Music?”
-Nada Mucho
Venue Information:
Highline
210 Broadway Ave E
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://highlineseattle.com