"The story goes that the Krampus accompany St. Nikolaus and while St. Nikolaus rewards the good kids with treats and presents, the Krampus punish the bad kids by hitting them with brooms and chasing them. It is an old Austrian tradition that has spread to most of Europe. Basically, men get dresed up in hairy outfits and scary masks, run wildly around the town, and scare the living daylights out of both children and adults."
Join us in what will certainly become an Eyedrum Holiday Tradition! Come in costume! Sing Krampus Carols! Hear some good music!
Destroying walls between art-rock, avant-squonk, and mathed-out prog, Gutbucket's through-composed charts enter a place of pure sound. The decade-old New York quartet is not only equally comfortable playing in front of 900 sweatily pogo-ing teenage skate-punks, a crowd of cosmic indie-psych freaks, or on an anarchist German art collective houseboat, but most importantly, their music fits right in. Called “stomprovisors” by the Village Voice, the band has spent the past 10 years injecting a shot of glorious spazmitude into the minimalist cool of the New York downtown scene.
The group attacks their music with the ferocity usually reserved for punk, and the humorous abstraction of art-rock, despite having earned their jazz bona fides. Though the band might seem rooted in the genre exploding of New York’s downtown (their 2001 debut, InsomniacsDream, was released on the Knitting Factory house imprint), their shift to louder sounds began with their controversially titled Dry Humping the American Dream (released in 2003 in Europe on the legendary Enja label and domestically in 2004 on Bang on a Can's acclaimed Cantaloupe label).
James Cotton - Bass
Davis Petterson - Drums & Percussion
Allen Welty-Green - Keys & Percussion
One day, a prog-geek keyboard guy decided he was tired of all the prog snobs and decided to try something different. Something with no rules. Something from the heart. So he found a sympatico bassist and drummer and dove right in. It's improv but is it jazz? It's spacey but is it jam? Decide for yourself.