AIDS Wolf (Last Show Ever!), Child Abuse, Gordon Monahan & Not The Wind, Not The Flag

  • Friday, May 11, 2012

  • The Garrison
  • 9:00 PM
  • 19+
WL # 541


Co-presented with Electric Eclectics and Burn Down
the Capital

The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West

Doors 9pm • Tickets $10 advance at Rotate This and Soundscapes (on sale Friday, April 6) / $12 at the door

Electric Eclectics is probably Wavelength’s favourite music festival anywhere – three days of far-out music, sound installations, films and blissed-out good times on a beautiful farm property in the Grey Highlands, not far from the shores of Georgian Bay near Meaford, Ontario. Plus a DJ tent in the woods! You have to go this year if you haven’t been yet. May 11th will not just mark the last show ever by Montréal noise-rock rippers AIDS Wolf, it will also mark the launch for this year’s EE. Discounted tickets and passes will be on sale at the show.

AIDS Wolf — Montreal noise-punk trio unleash a fury of controlled chaos. Pounding, driving drums, covered by a layer of spastic, spazzy, screeching guitars that bounce from scraping moans to fuzzed out distortion. Scratching vocals that cut through the walls of articulated feedback will attack your brain/heart. Noise electronics dance with twisting vocal patterns over free drum beats, frantic and mesmerizing. Sadly, the last show from Canada’s pre-eminent noise rock unit. Don’t miss this last chance to relive the memories and get hectic.

Child Abuse — Brutal noise-metal trio from NYC return to Toronto! Pummeling bass and drums pound forward, as bastardized synth lines and rotting vocal growls lurch and squirm through the mix. Spastic, caustic blasts of noise lead way for technical lock grooves. Intense slabs of synth fuzz, with vocals that sound like Rocksteady and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles getting crushed in a blender, over one of
the most brutalizing rhythms sections know to noise rock. For fans of The Locust, Aids Wolf, The Jesus Lizard, fast metal that hurts. 

Gordon Monahan‘s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. The renowned composer John Cage once said, “At the piano, Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven’t heard before.” On May 11, Gordon will present a performance for theremin.

Not The Wind, Not The Flag — Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia’s genre spanning free improv duo draws influence from psych, jazz, noise, world musics and their own brotherly connectivity. Colin and Brandon build familiar structures in an improvised setting. From gentle kalimba noodlings over impatient drums, they build into wells of space psych guitar noise only to deconstruct again into a whisper of bells and gongs. One of the most versatile and interesting acts in the city.

— Awesomely educated liner notes by Tad Michalak

Discount tickets for this year’s Electric Eclectics Festival will also be available at this show.

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