California trio GOWNS is making a rare east coast appearance in conjunction with a pair of new audio and video releases. We’ll be playing an exciting mix of art events and more traditional venues:
9.5 BITE YOUR TONGUE, TORONTO
9.6 LAB SYNTHESE, MONTREAL
9.10 DEATH BY AUDIO, BROOKLYN
9.11 CAKE SHOP, NYC
9.12 PARISLONDONWESTNILE, BROOKLYN
9.16 HEXAGON SPACE, BALTIMORE
These will be the first New York appearances by Gowns since the critically lauded Cardboard Records showcase at CMJ 2007.
ABOUT THE SHOWS:
9.5 We are stoked to play a Bite Your Tongue festival by the people who put on EXTERMINATION NIGHT, a clandestine experimental art and music series that takes place in abandoned and condemned buildings around Toronto, where musicians and artists perform amidst rubble and ruins. We are sharing the bill with Final Fantasy and others, although the exact location will remain a secret until the day before…
9.6 Our good friends at Constellation Records set us up with HRSTA and Blue Hawaii at this radical new audio/visual community space.
9.10 Our first NY show will be the opening night of the MAZE at Death by Audio, a full-gallery installation by Sam Hillmer (Zs) and artist Laura Paris. Should be hot in every sense of the word. Also performing that night will be Social Junk, Skeletons, Knyfe Hyts, Dan Friel and Mincemeat or Tenspeed.
9.11 If you would like to see as well as hear us, we recommend this show at the Cake Shop, with Noveller and U.S. Girls, or
9.12 at Shinkoyo Record’s ParisLondonWestNile space, with Mirror Mirror, Talk Normal and Zeldjko.
9.16 We will be keeping real at Baltimore’s Hexagon Space with local electroacoustic shamans Sejayno and filmmaker Nicky Smith.
LIVE AT THE SMELL is a new film documenting 10 bands involved with the legendary downtown Los Angeles venue THE SMELL, including appearances from Gowns, HEALTH, No Age, Mae Shi, and Ponytail. From Cold Hands Video, the makers of the acclaimed Portland documentary People Who Do Noise:
“Featuring over 2 hours of live bands from Los Angeles and beyond, “Live at The Smell” captures the live energy that pumps through LA’s legendary independent DIY all-ages venue. Recorded in high-quality audio and video over a month period in Fall 2008, the DVD gives you the feeling of being immersed in one of the many gigs presented there each week for over 10 years. The music is clean and powerful, the footage is raw and wild, and the energy is LIVE.”
SOUTHERN LATITUDES SERIES is a limited-edition collection of single-session recordings (similar to John Peel‘s BBC broadcasts), made at the famous CRASS studios in London. The series has included avant-rock voyagers as Magik Markers, Sir Richard Bishop, and Grails. The GOWNS session was recorded one day in November 2007 by our hero Harvey Birrell (who has engineered punk classics from Babes in Toyland to No Age…) and is finally seeing the light of day.
“Latitudes began as a simple concept, to put the bands we work with in touch with our studio and to release the resulting material. Swiftly we agreed it would be a great idea to offer our favourite bands – many of them passing through London as part ot their tour – the opportunity to spend some time recording something spontaneous, collaborative, fun or experimental in our studio. Whatever the band wants to achieve in a few days essentially – something truly transient, imaginative and unique. Something we hoped to capture in the aesthetic of the resulting record – something with boundless creative scope and freedom – specific to a certain time and space – something with latitude.”
+DOG+ from GOWNS latitudes session: