These Are Powers, Cap Pas Cap, Thread Pulls, and Grey Mayhem are all set for Skinny Wolves‘ summer blowout party on July 29th.
These Are Powers, Cap Pas Cap, Thread Pulls, and Grey Mayhem are all set for Skinny Wolves‘ summer blowout party on July 29th in Andrews Lane Theatre.
These Are Powers are known for the dissonance of their early recordings, a cacophony of rhythms and industrial/electronic experiments that recalled Throbbing Gristle one moment, DNA the next. Consisting of energetic frontwoman/guitarist Anna Barie (Knife Skills, Fxxxing Lion), bassist Pat Noecker (n0 things, Liars), and drummer Bill Salas (Brenmar), the Brooklyn noise dance trio blend eerie and ramshackle sounds into a post-no wave genre that they have deemed “ghost punk.” Sometimes moaning, other times shrieking, Barie’s antics of rolling and writhing in the crowd at TAP’s live shows had already earned the band blog accolades for their howling, confrontational and explosive live shows.
For their newest Candyman EP, These Are Powers lay it on thick, sweet, and sludgy. They do nothing to sugar coat the grimy center of a newer, bass bin rattling, electro-shock sound. “Candyman”, kicks off with a naughty nursery rhyme set to a bombastic East meets West-Indies reggaeton shuffle. Then, “Gutterspaces” emerges as dancehall back from the future with rifling bass and scattered snare shots, followed bythe sputter to mega-life Chicago juke and drone fest of “World Class Peoples”.
Don’t fear the future. These are Powers have come to conjure the new musical golden age you’ve been waiting for–one of insistence, intensity, and light.
And yes, you can dance to it.
These Are Powers are known for the dissonance of their early recordings, a cacophony of rhythms and industrial/electronic experiments that recalled Throbbing Gristle one moment, DNA the next. Once rule-breakers, the band is now rewriting those rules with a newfound focus: behold All Aboard Future. Exotic, abstract, hand-crafted sounds–made, found and electronically born–underscore each of these nine songs. Some wail from ex-LIARS Pat Noecker’s prepared bass; others stem from the idiosyncratic vocal and guitar style of Anna Barie. The two trade off vocal duties, and in the process dissonant sounds become melodies held together and torn apart in fits by Bill Salas’ electro-acoustic beats. At first listen, much of Salas’ rhythmic contribution sounds as if it could be pre-programmed, but these abstract rhythms are all performed live, interspersing nods to Timbaland with an appreciation for a car crash’s metal-on-metal grind.
Ferocious and unhinged, when These Are Powers perform live, it is a kind of spiritual journey, a futuristic fire dance hailing from Chicago and Brooklyn. The bass smolders, topping its low-end sub-rumble with a high-end flutter; abstract beats emanate from the electro-acoustic stand-up drum kit. And piercing through is Anna Barie’s guitar while she and Noecker call and respond. Barie blasts through a litany of expressive guitar sounds and full-throated yelps and howls with a confrontational, explosive energy that often finds her entangled with audience members, leaping through the air, or sprawled on the floor in front of the stage. http://www.myspace.com/thesearepowers
One of the leading Dublin groups to emerge in recent years, Cap Pas Cap caught the attention of critics and music hawks from their earliest days, before the quartet had released even a single track. Their hyperactive motorik pop-chants of pounding drums, fuzzed up drones, and new wave-led synths caused an unusual anticipatory buzz, which was later fully answered by the overwhelming response to the band’s stunning subsequent output.
Thread Pulls are an experimental two-piece with the drumbeat at their core. Thread Pulls became the first Irish band to be invited to play at the celebrated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. After releasing four EPs on 9-pt records as a three piece, they stripped down to the duo of Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury, and spent the following two years developing their upbeat progressive sound which meshes trumpet, electronics and treated vocals with a no-wave inspired mix of repetitive bass and drums.
Peter also makes electronic music as Hardsleeper and in Rainfear. Gavin plays occasionally with Karl Him and Electronic Sensoria Band. Thread Pulls will release their debut record in September.
Grey Mayhem (feat. Members of Puget Sound, Hands up who wants to die, Guilty optics etc.) are a band from Dublin. Formed in mid 2009 they play a mixture of heavy, synthy, post hardcore. With influences such as Trans am, Oneida, The Melvins, the Jesus Lizard, Polvo, High on Fire etc, they combine moments of technical complexity with pulsating synth jams and straight up heft . They have recently recorded an e.p. with Lar Kaye (Adebisi Shank), which will be self released in coming weeks. Grey mayhem are Paul Clynes, Ruadhan O’Meara, and Ror Conaty.