Ithaca Underground November Music Series
IU November Music Series: Teen Suicide, Guerilla Toss, Zula, Radiation Risks, Erik Johnson
Zula, Radiation Risks, Erik Johnson
Sat · November 11, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
This event is all ages
November 9th-11th is IU's fourth annual November Music Series, providing evening performances in collaboration with the Ithaca Fantastik film fest, celebrating their sixth year. This program was made possible by grants from the Tompkins County Tourism Program and Community Foundation.
Doors @ 7 PM - $7 - ALL AGES - SAFE SPACE - NO PUNK TIMEhttp://ithacaunderground.ticketfly.com/event/1576184/
While the band's lineup has changed many times, Ray's talent as a songwriter and lyricist has kept their catalogue engaging and cohesive through the years, no matter who's backing him. Recently, Ray's finally found the perfect companion in long-time friend Sean Mercer. Initially joining the band just to play drums, Mercer's skill as a producer & engineer, as well as his general creativity as a musician, proved to be the thing to finally open Ray up & take his music to the next level. The two of them are very excited about what's next for the band. There's even talk of a name change so that they can finally play on late night television. Leading contender for new name? King Salmon: Fish God. Critics love it!
GT had a productive 2015, releasing their acclaimed DFA debut Flood Dosed, which cemented support from folks ranging from punk icon Henry Rollins to Busy P of Justice’s Ed Banger Records. The band also relocated from Boston to NYC. “We felt like it was time to move closer to our favorite active bands and artists and they all just so happen to live in NYC!” This didn’t slow the pace of their live performances – between road trips to universities and DIY Festivals, they have a de-facto residency at Brooklyn’s premiere underground venue Palisades and scored opening slots for The Juan Maclean and Mission of Burma.
Eraser Stargazer was written and recorded in 6 weeks of winter isolation in upstate New York. Fans of the group will hear all of the beloved hallmarks of the Guerilla Toss sound – solid bass grooves, squealing guitars, and kitchen sink percussion. Each instrument now occupies its own part of the audio spectrum, with vocalist/poet Kassie Carlson’s spirited incantations brought into focus. Album centerpiece Grass Shack is a perfect example of this leaner, yet tougher Toss. It traverses nearly seven minutes of game-show-winner keyboard stabs, mutant funk basslines, and time signature changes – all grounded by Peter Negroponte’s virtuosic drumming. Carlson describes the themes of the song as “A deep analytical depiction of a small unit of time, with heightened senses, Ripping yourself out of bed even though it might be harsh and overwhelming. Seeing patterns in the little things that make life beautiful.” Heavy subject matter permeates the rest of the record – but that doesn’t mean it’s a downer. Lead single Diamond Girls casts Carlson as a no-wave cheerleader over instrumentation reminiscent of DFA alumni Black Dice and The Rapture, culminating in the group’s catchiest chorus yet. Album closer Doll Face On The Calico Highway is the perfect summation – angular guitars, bells, and low-end vibrations interject and decompose as quickly as they appear, until a hissing cymbal is all that remains.
- Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"New York psych-pop explorers Zula aren't easy to pin down, but while their sound shifts track to track, there is a beautiful coherence to an album like This Hopeful."
"For lack of a better word, this is pop, sincere, offbeat, and playfully and unassumingly experimental: you'll be hard pressed to find anyone else that sounds like them, or as musically and effectively fulfilling."
- Tiny Mix Tapes
"Pop sensibilities push through well-crafted avant-rock"
Erik's solo experimental work brings haunting melodic soundscapes created with woodwind instruments, percussion, and metallic digital effects combined with live looping to create a truly inspiring atmospheric experience.
Sacred Root Kava Lounge & Tea Bar
103 S Geneva St
Ithaca, NY, 14850