Kayo Dot, ASVA

Kayo Dot, ASVA

Sat, October 5, 2019

9:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Kayo Dot
Kayo Dot
Led by founding member Toby Driver (also of Secret Chiefs 3), Kayo Dot emerged in Boston, MA in 2002 from the ashes of metal group Maudlin of the Well. Since then, Driver has led Kayo Dot through several lineup changes and dramatic stylistic shifts: from traditional metal, to atmospheric, avant-garde metal; and now with their new album Coffins on Io, the bats-in-your-belfry hard rock of Sisters of Mercy meets Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Scritti Politti and early Roxy Music.

In 2013, Kayo Dot demarcated the beginning of a sonic change by releasing their critically acclaimed conceptual double-albumHubardo. Undeniably experimental, but largely unclassifiable, Hubardo received rave reviews: SputnikMusic ranked it among their best albums of 2013, and CVLT Nation called it, "mesmerizing avant garde blackened doom," and a "towering achievement."

But when it comes to Kayo Dot, change is the only constant. And like the best pop culture chameleons of the past, Kayo Dot's evolution is governed by an inscrutable inner-logic. Despite the accessible songwriting of Coffins on Io and the emphasis on vocal melody and electronic percussion, Kayo Dot fans will find the record's darkness and intensity familiar and relatable. For example: the dark wave of Coffins on Io album-track "Off-ramp Cycle" might be unrecognizable to Kayo Dot's metal fans. "The sound is kind of like a sexy combination of Type O Negative, Peter Gabriel, Sisters of Mercy," Driver says. But the track also encompasses the brooding menace of classic Bauhaus as well as current dark wavers Cold Cave and Crystal Stilts: artists young and old who live and die in those unknowable corners where heaviness meets delicacy and sincerity meets theatricality.

Elsewhere, Driver's penchant for prog rock surfaces in the ethereal "Spirit Photography," complete with a saxophone melody line—strikingly gentle when compared to Kayo Dot's brutal back catalog. "Long Time Disturbance on the Miracle Mile" could be a Bryan Ferry-era Roxy Music cut, and "The Mortality of Doves" could be Eno-produced David Bowie.

Driver says there's also an element of sexuality in Coffins on Io."Basically the vibe that we're going for here is inspired by 80s retro-future noir— Blade Runner," Driver explains. "I wanted to make a good record to put on while you drive across the desert at night under a toxic, post-apocalyptic atmosphere," he says, adding, "There's a weird underlying theme of murder, shame and death."
Asva
Asva
Asva is an American experimental doom/sludge/drone metal band, originally formed by Stuart Dahlquist and B.R.A.D. in 2003. The name of the project is derived from a Sanskrit word aśva, meaning a "horse". Asva never fits traditional definitions of such genres as doom, sludge or drone, always presenting uncommon and unconventional interpretations, even though this project had a significant influence on the scene. But the latest album confirms the final departure from a realm of purely metal-related genres, being much more melodic and uplifted.

As described on their former record label Web Of Mimicry official site: Asva is blowing through town and taking the drone rock medium to new lows. Not your average "doom" band, Asva's saddlebags are filled with wooden chapel organs and subharmonic drones. Their packs are stuffed with electroacoustic sensibilities and hand-scribbled laments to the alchemical stars — they rode through walls of electrostatic fuzz to toll the mission bell on this side of the firmament — then they smashed your piano to splinters just for the sound it makes. In their wake nothing remains but tumbleweeds and twisters, dancing pointlessly in ageless dusty darkness.

Asva is notable for frequent line-up changes, with Dahlquist being a leader and the only constant member of the band. Among others, Trey Spruance was a long-time contributor for Asva, appearing both as a live member and studio musician on two albums. Other ex-members includes Troy Swanson and Milky Burgess.

As of 2011, members of Asva are Stuart Dahlquist, Toby Driver (main vocals, guitar), Greg Gilmore (drums) and Jake Weller (wind instruments), with Nick Hudson planned as an additional live member for a forthcoming tour (supporting the 3rd album "Presences Of Absences").

In some interviews, Stuart Dahlquist describes Asva as not being a traditional band in a strict meaning of this word, due to a varying membership, lack or rehearsals, rare performances and the fact that band members record separately from each other.
Venue Information:
Highline
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Seattle, WA, 98122
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