Mount Eerie (full band)

Mount Eerie (full band)

Far Out Fangtooth, Ever Ending Kicks

Mon, September 17, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

First Unitarian Church

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00

This event is all ages

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Mount Eerie (full band)
Mount Eerie (full band)
In this first of two new albums planned for release in 2012, Mount Eerie presents a monumental work of depth and maturity. These are songs about a quiet life in and around a small northwest town, usually buried in fog, and the unexpected moments of clarity that briefly flash through. Clear Moon is the resonant lone bell symbol, the glint in the water, the sudden breath.

After all the world-touring that followed the release of Wind’s Poem, Phil Elverum has spent 2 years establishing a new recording studio, “the Unknown”, in an old de-sanctified church in Anacortes, Washington. These 2 new albums, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar (due in September), are the first Mount Eerie recordings to be released from the new old space. You can hear the giant wooden cathedral room in these songs. Vast echo, resonating gongs, impenetrable walls of thickness, and always a voice cutting through the fog, moon-like.

The sound is not lo-fi as it is sometimes called. It’s also not hi-fi. These are just crazy recordings, bigger and deeper than any real- life fjord. It’s 100% analog, and it is a sound that can only come from 15 months of studio solitude, crushing tape, riding waves of fake strings, finding new angles on “intensity”. The music of Popol Vuh was inspirational, as well as explorers from black metal such as Menace Ruine, Nadja, and others. Contemporaries in theme can be found in the heavy sacred regionalism of Olympia’s Wolves In The Throne Room. Ultimately, this is music on its own island, unlike anything else; a break in the clouds and a view of a hidden new landscape.
Far Out Fangtooth
Far Out Fangtooth
Philadelphia’s Far-Out Fangtooth have been meddling within their own poisonous cloud of murky, atmospheric noise for a while now, and after a stellar debut LP on Siltbreeze last year, we’ve cornered their deliriously downtrodden din for a blurry 3-song EP of devastating caliber. Their solidly mid-tempo, gazey gait, braced with gothic flourishes of noise and carefully arranged explosions of angelic harmony are beautifully morose and radiant at the same time, combining the guit-architecture of Sonic Youth’s early primal scree with Circle Pit’s squalorous nuances to create a heavenly hypnotic, haunting haze. This is a band that seduces you when your guard is down, only to soar down and rip your heart out of your chest just at the moment when the rising tide of crashing noise hits you at full force, breaking any human down into their simplest parts.
Ever Ending Kicks
Ever Ending Kicks
I will no longer be making music as "Motorbikes".
The name came from a song I wrote while living in Springfield, MO in 2007. This song, a sort of anthem, had been in use ever since. I played and tried to record multiple versions of it, but it didn't translate. There is one video of me performing it when I first wrote it - it's gnarly in quality but it captures something I was unable to record for so long.

With Nich Wilbur's engineering expertise, I recently recorded the song aiming to replicate the video version that I performed originally. It was a success, and it will be coming out as a 7" some time this fall/winter.

Outside of this song, the word "Motorbikes" doesn't really have meaning. But more so, I feel I've wrapped it up nicely and it's time to move on. Moving on to moving on.

"Ever Ending Kicks", like how skate shoes get torn through and cool things become irrelevant. This idea is one of momentum. When pursued, the advancement is so small and consistent that you don't see the decline and replacement, but a beautiful gradient fade that transcends eras and coolness. It is a constant transition to improvement, exposing new color slowly but continuously. It is a chart of perceptive growth, and a portrait of learning.
Venue Information:
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
http://www.philauu.org/