CLAVVS - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
CLAVVS is a duo helmed by four-time Grammy winning producer Graham Marsh (Gnarls Barkley, Kid Cudi, T.I.) and vocalist & lyricist Amber Renee. Born in ATL, CLAVVS blends elements of subversive alt pop with spectral trip hop to craft a sound that floats in the fringes between fantasy and reality. The duo inhabits a realm of dark, hypnotic soundscapes driven by lush, spacey synths and world-music inspired percussion.
CLAVVS has performed with Rhye, Ibeyi and Baio, among others. They have also been featured on The Music Voyager, Teen Wolf, KCRW and Album88.
Vincas - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
I have always conceived my place in the world (as a human), as being at the bottom of the spiritual/mental totem pole. That one celled amoeba has attained nirvana 1000 times over. It does what it needs to to survive over and over, generation after generation. No children to be let down by, no concepts about fucking crystals or yoga simulacrum. There is no craft coffee in the world of the amoeba. No robot brooms or selfie sticks. Point being that Vincas harken back to the beginning of time. Poised over a cauldron of primordial noise. See Chris’s bass throb as he plays it with one hand. He only needs that one open chord: bass string apexing in zen. The pulse that bore this infested world. Scotties cosmic slop, a satellite to that pulse. Joe pulling the strings to keep that illusory gravity. We know its an illusion and that somewhere across the universe some parallel monster of ourselves is inversing every move we make. I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Vincas many times over the years. We’ve both created a sound camouflage that enables us to play to a greater spectrum than many of our peers and shared the stage with numerous modern vegemite huffing bogans (Aussie redneck) over the years. I find it interesting that the American South is such a prominent topic in a lot of classic 80’s-90’s era Australian music. If you have ever read “And The Ass Saw The Angel” by Nick Cave, Vincas are the soundtrack in my mind. Hall of mirrors. Nothing is true, everything is permitted. Blind Willie Johnson, Venom P Stinger, Vincas. They were nestled in some cryowomb while Australians (on the other end of the universe) like The Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, The Bad Seeds were connected by plasma rope to the cryochildren Vincas. A cosmic tug of war occurred thru non-time and though you may not believe me, Vincas were responsible for reaching into the past and jolting these timeless travelers into afuture to catch up with them. No future…well yeah, but no past either. “Deep In A Well” is that cryowomb that we pulled them out of. “All I need is a shovel and a hole to get in.” Its ok Chris you will just fall through to Australia, it won’t be so bad. Beer is expensive down there apparently, but I think you’ll be entertained.
- Josh Fiegert
A Drug Called Tradition - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
In their debut album, Medicine Music (out July 28), Atlanta trio A Drug Called Tradition fuses shoegaze, krautrock, and psych rock influences with the heavy atmosphere of their southern roots. The eight-minute opening track, “With You Miss You,” bursts onto the scene with brooding vocals and saturated guitar pulses before breaking and leading the listener on a Can-inspired odyssey of layered intensity and release. This journey continues through the rest of the album, each track seemingly standing on its own before revealing its place in the larger whole.
After the dissolution of heavy psych stalwarts Abby Gogo, singer/guitarist Bon Allinson began working on a batch of songs more heavily influenced by his upbringing in Alabama and by the musical traditions of the South. He brought these songs to drummer Pumakawa “Puma” Navarro (Abby Gogo) and bassist Asha Lakra (Tikka) and the trio hit the ground running. They played their first set opening for Matt Hollywood of Brian Jonestown Massacre and soon after recorded a three song demo with Spencer Garn at Diamond Street Studios. The band gained a reputation as one of the most intense acts in Atlanta and around the South playing with acts such as Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Holy Wave, Spaceface, White Reaper, and Froth.
Ready to set the songs they’d crafted to two-inch tape, ADCT headed to Water Valley, Mississippi to record Medicine Music with producer Matt Patton (Drive-By Truckers, Dexateens), and engineer Bronson Tew at Dial Back Sound (owned at the time by Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records). The band stayed in the small apartment adjacent to the studio, working in marathon sessions that ended in all involved crashing wherever was convenient. The tracks were also mixed and mastered at Dial Back Sound and pressed to vinyl at Gotta Groove Records. Now with their debut album in hand, ADCT has teamed up with Psych Army Intergalactic and are ready to conquer the rest of the U. S. and then the world.