DRAGONS 1976 Dragons 1976 is a new Chicago trio featuring drummer Tim Daisy (VANDERMARK 5), bassist Jason Ajemian (chicago underground orchestra, born heller) and saxophonist Aram shelton...this trio's improvisation is deeply informed by a noir-ish sensibility, with dark melodic tones and elliptical solos that are rarely busy. The band's gentle sense of swing creates a nice open scheme, where you can feel the music breathe as one idea unhurriedly moves to the next. It does kick it up a notch (Bam!) on "Humboldt," a static piece that goes the first five minutes without any chord progressions, hovering like a helicopter (thanks to the whirlwind drumming of Daisy), before a tension-releasing groove comes on for the swinging coda attached to the end. A pretty sounding avant-garde trio that's perfect for late-night listening, particularly if you have company."
PHONEPUNK Phonepunk is Adam Bruneau (SUPER MADRIGAL BROS) and Ben Crumb and their music is made up entirely of noises from phones, creating noises that run the gamut from ambient sounds, space pop boogey-rock all the way to Kid606 style blips. Automated operators, quarters careening down slots, switchboards, receivers being slammed and flicked, touch-pads sequenced melodically and the awe-inducing hum of the dial-tone are fair game for a surprisingly polyphonic embrace of low-tech communications technology.
THE MARSH Atlanta band, The Marsh, return to Eyedrum after playing it's annual fundraiser in the galleries newly acquired 3000 square foot space to much deserved fanfare from Atlanta's arts patrons. Expect to hear explosive, swirly Hammond B3 organ drones, deep bass lines, falsetto yelps and dramatic music arrangements reminiscent of early Bowie and Pink Floyd.