CHRIS FORSYTH / STEVE GUNN / HELLVETE @ Smeraldina-Rima HQ — June 3rd 2010
Chris Forsyth is known for hypnotic compositions and solo performances on 6- and 12-string guitars that assimilate minimalism and psychedelia with art rock, folk, and blues influences. He is a founding member (with Jaime Fennelly and Fritz Welch) of post-everything gothic junk folk expressionists PEEESSEYE, who have produced 14 releases and over 160 concerts in Europe and the US since forming in 2002, and a member of the elusive experimental group Phantom Limb & Bison. Other notable collaborators have included guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin. He released his most recent LP, Dreams, in September 2009 on Evolving Ear. Other recent and upcoming releases include the Dirty Pool LP, with Farfisa organist Shawn Edward Hansen, on Ultramarine, the Chris Forsyth + Nate Wooley CDR The Duchess is Dead, Long Live the Duchess on Chocolate Monk, and a long list of Peeesseye projects, including the Peeesseye + Talibam! collab record on CD (Invada) and 2XLP (Smeraldina-Rima), as well as their forthcoming studio LP Pestilence & Joy on Evolving Ear. He is the caretaker of Evolving Ear and lives in the City of Philadelpha, USA.
“It’s enough to signal Forsyth’s arrival as an erudite and farsighted guitar stylist, mapping a path that’s hip and scholarly in equal measure.” – Daniel Spicer, The Wire Magazine
“A destructible charm teetering on violence and elegance” – Eric Weddle (Family Vineyard), Signal to Noise Magazine
“…a style as mesmerizing and transcendent as any of his forebears.” – Bob Bannister, TimeOutNY
“Killer on every level.” – Foxy Digitalis
Native Philadelphian, Steve Gunn has been a stalwart of the American experimental scene for close to a decade. Gunn has slowly cultivated his own solo work alongside his other involvements with other projects and musicians. Over the course of numerous excellent releases, it became clear that Gunn was a real force in experimental music. Once his solo music started being unearthed, there was no turning back. Steve has been performing a mix of improvisational blues based guitar works, and songs from his latest album ‘Boerum Palace’ on Three Lobed Recordings.
“Steve Gunn’s prodigous talent for fusing traditional american song structures with a raga influence is almost criminally unheralded. gunn’s songcraft is so strong and his playing style so effortlessly beautiful that folks should be shouting his name from every tall building and mountaintop. it is with such high esteem for the man’s work that three lobed recordings is humbled by the association and thrilled to announce the release of boerum palace by steve gunn. without any doubt, boerum palace is a staggering accomplishment and is certainly gunn’s most assured and confident work to date.” — Three Lobed Recordings
“As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound such as Steve Gunn. Steve Gunn is best known for his blistering contributions to the trio, GHQ, but within the walls of Boerum Palace, Gunn steps onto the royal stage for a solo album of penetrating psych and twang that shakes the foundation of the album’s namesake. The album, released at the end of 2009 by Three Lobed, is a stunner to any GHQ follower or Gunn enthusiast. Gunn doesn’t so much as turn his back on his past guitar explorations; rather he reinvents them into a hefty combination of heartfelt southern pangs and acid-laced bends. ” — KEPX Seatlle
Hellvete is one of the three members who founded the Flemish Funeral Folk collective and a key figure of the satanadelic combo Sylvester Anfang II. Similar to the mothership, his solo work spans from folk-inspired guitar drones to minimalist keyboard esoterica.
5 € ENTRANCE, yup!
START: 21:00 sharp! :p