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Pedestrian Deposit / Wet Garden / Grant Evans / MSoTT
March 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 at the door for touring act: LA noise artists Pedestrian Deposit stop in Athens to perform at ATHICA’s gallery as a part of their monster tour. Supporting acts include local duo Wet Garden, and solo performances by Grant and Rachel Evans.
Reverse tension, abrasive composition. The duo of Shannon A. Kennedy and Jonathan Borges is best described as visceral and narrative; informed by elements of experimental sound, harsh noise, musique concrete, neo-classical, dark ambiance and performance art but is not beholden to any one genre. It is best experienced live and in the moment to understand it’s full scope. PD maintains an adherence to personal integrity and independence — both with live appearances and recordings, which are issued through Monorail Trespassing, the record label Borges has operated for nearly 20 years. Their refusal to play into the corporate re-structuring of the music underground remains a consistent mindset. Instrumentation consists of physically activated, sculptural instruments made of wood, metal, strings and springs, and gutter electronics. Tour page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2081856078528445/
Out of the secret nocturnal chambers you may have witnessed at the Go Bar in Athens comes one of the truest gems from our local palette of electronic artists. The duo seems to not even exist outside of their enigmatic gigs. Shannon Perry is the kind of vocalist you’ve only heard about, but never seen, whose lush but indecipherable pillow talk lends a seductive aura to Michael Pierce’s battery of modular synths and warped guitars. The mystery of Perry’s words will nag at you, like gaping holes in a 200-piece jigsaw puzzle. But soon you too will realize that those absent pieces are what lock you into the pair’s patient pulses. (re-arranged excerpt from a review of their recent Null Zone release at http://immersiveatlanta.com/review-wet-garden-deep-in-earth/)
Releasing an inordinate amount of music over the last ten or so years under his own name, various aliases, and as a part of collaborations, his most recent output has been focused on the Adversary Electronics imprint, which Evans founded in 2015. One of his more recent releases Ergot Dogs is among Evans’ most ambitious material. Immersive field recording collages and rough electronics dominate the thirteen short tracks, soft and jagged textures continuously clashing to amazing effect. You’re never quite sure whether to feel comforted or scared; it’s a testament to Evans‘ uniqueness that you end up experiencing both at the same time. Even if you have never been anywhere in rural Georgia, his tapes can instantly transport you there. (re-arranged excerpt from a review via Noise Not Music https://noisenotmusic.com/2018/03/07/review-grant-evans-ergot-dogs-adversary-electronics-feb-1/)
MOTION SICKNESS OF TIME TRAVEL
After a decade of solo recordings, Rachel Evans’ sound has shifted from primarily abstract Berlin School inclinations toward something more sculpted and structured. Alternating between long form drone-scapes and short sequenced pieces, she still relies mostly on an array of synthesizers…Clicks, bubbles, ripples, chirps, hums, moans: Many of the familiar sounds of ambient music are here, and Evans boldly breathes new life into them. They pulse and flow even when there’s no discernible rhythm or movement. It’s tempting to call this music “spiritual,” as its ethereal sound calls to mind religious hymns or New Age mysticism. But Motion Sickness of Time Travel evokes a different sense of spirit– the kind of inner presence that separates humans from machines. (re-arranged excerpts from two reviews https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16594-motion-sickness-of-time-travel/ and https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19525-motion-sickness-of-time-travel-alpha-piscium/)
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