hellosQuare and New Weird Australia presents…
THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL
Kangaroo Skull (Melbourne)
Thomas William (Sydney)
+ Mornings DJs
Saturday 14th January 2012, 6pm
15 Childers Street, Acton, CANBERRA
$30 presale through the hellosQuare Bandcamp – AVAILABLE HERE
$35 at the door
hellosQuare in association with New Weird Australia are proud to present THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL, an evening of left field sound featuring six artists from around Australia and overseas who explore the common ground that sit nicely between electronic beat music, guitar folk forms, noise blasts and free jazz.
In true do-it-yourself spirit, we encourage all audience members to bring along pillows and rugs to make for a comfortable night at THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are also BYO for your convenience. There are numerous restaurants along Childers Street as well as a couple of supermarkets in the nearby area.
TETRAS – Switzerland, FSS
Tetras is an improvising trio formed in 2010 with Jason Kahn (drums, percussion), Jeroen Visser (organ, electronics) and Christian Weber (contrabass). The group is based in Zürich, Switzerland. Their approach to improvisation focuses on long-form pieces with gradual structural development, blurring the sense of time passing as their sets slowly unfold.
Jason Kahn began playing music in the 1980′s, initially releasing records on the Los Angeles SST label. During the 1990′s he lived in Berlin, playing drums and percussion in many projects of improvised and electronic music. He has lived in Zürich since 2000.
Organ player Jerome Visser as worked as an engineer with The Ex, Tom Cora, The Honkies and many others. He has also played with The Pale Nudes and currently tours in the Trio Kazanchis with Ethiopian singer Mesele Asmamaw.
Christian Weber is involved in numerous jazz and improvised music projects across Europe, having played with a wide spectrum of musicians ranging from John Butcher to Otomo Yoshihide.
Tetras are supported by ProHelvetia for their Australian tour in 2012.
KANGAROO SKULL – Melbourne, hellosQuare
Kangaroo Skull is the new musical outlet for Ben Andrews and Rohan Rebeiro of Melbourne trio My Disco. What began as an impromptu improvised performance at New Zealand festival Camp A Low Hum, has grown into an ongoing offshoot for the long time musical collaborators, with the duo creating deep minimal techno that is just as intense to watch as it is to listen to. Their “dark Polish forest rave” sounds combined with a powerful lighting show will have audiences entranced. They will release their first recordings on hellosQuare in mid 2012.
THOMAS WILLIAM – Sydney, This Thing
Thomas William makes dense idiosyncratic music saturated with overdriven textures, aleatoric drone, folk scalings, unstable tunings, rhythmic lope, restless synths, and casual explosions. Drenched with layers of warmth and smatterings of broken percussion, this unique assemblage of artful mess teeters on the precipice of meltdown.
Formerly of Cleptoclectics, Thomas William remains a fixture of Sydney’s experimental music scene, shapeshifting through many guises as a musician, teacher, and director of artist run initiative Serial Space. After a lengthy break, and in collaboration with Melbourne’s //This Thing// imprint, Thomas William has released his third collection of music.
Download the first Thomas William album from the This Thing label over HERE now.
SPARTAK – hellosQuare + Low Point + New Editions
Spartak (Shoeb Ahmad and Evan Dorrian) explore a hybrid sound of ‘indie’ rock, improvised jazz, electronic music and modern composition – using a wide palette of delicate melodies, free percussion, processed sound and found textures.
Since 2006, they have travelled around Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan numerous times, playing alongside hardcore bands, sound artists and free improvisers alike.
They have previously released Tales From The Colony Room on hellosQuare recordings and Verona, through the English label Low Point. Verona met critical acclaim upon its release in 2010, featuring in many publications – including the respected modern music magazine The Wire, who noted Spartak’s ‘sonic restlessness’ and ‘organic sense of clarity’.
Their new release Nippon, released on the New Editions imprint run by New Weird Ausralia, sees the duo expand on the loose improvisations of their previous work by taking in a more brittle electronic edge, alongside a reclaimed punk attitude, with recordings edited from performances in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka on their 2011 tour of Japan.
KASHA – hellosQuare + Molly
Kasha are a quartet featuring Adam Guzowski (guitar/vocals), Austin Buckett (rhodes/percussion), Hugh Deacon (drums) and Josh Becker (bass guitar/percussion). Formed in Canberra and now mainly residing in Sydney, they have released two EPs – Five Songs For Sunstroke (molly) and What A Colourful Mouth (hellosQuare) over the last three years and are currently in the studio recording their debut album.
They successfully mix sophisticated elements of avant-garde and persistent punk, developing a sound built on skittering rhythms, shifting time signatures and repetitive, slowly morphing motifs.
DANGER BEACH – Dream Damage
Danger Beach is the alter ego of Lachlan Thomas, better known for his manic actions as one half of Assassins 88. His debut effort, Milky Way is a beautiful collection of instrumental surf pop. Includes guest appearances from Jonny Telafone, TV Colours and Dominic Death.
MORNINGS – hellosQuare
mornings in it’s current form has been together since mid 2009.
they have been placed in the genre of post-rock by listeners, due to our instrumental songs, based around layers of sound.
mornings music is made up delayed and distorted guitars; looped and effected bass; loud drums; and rare vocals.
they have been playing live shows locally, supporting international acts such as Nim (Japan), and Anla Courtis (Argentina).
the first mornings release, a self-titled 6 track EP, has just been released on hellosQuare.
If you are looking to make the trek to Canberra for the social, there are a number of places to stay that cater for a variety of budgets.
Canberra YHA is a comfortable backpacker hostel in the heart of the city that has both dorm and private rooms with shared bathrooms. 15 minutes walk from venue
Canberra Motor Village
The Canberra Motor Village is nestled in O’Connor Ridge and has a large selection of accommodation from fully self contained cabins to motel rooms and drive through van sites. 5 minutes drive/10-15 minute ride/30 minute walk from venue
One of the original establishments within the ANU, University House provides affordable hotel accommodation for people looking for a little bit more space. 5-10 minute walk from venue
Quest Canberra Serviced Apartments
If you are looking for something a little bit more fancy, Quest Apartments have plush serviced apartments in the city right next to the Jolimont Centre inter-city bus terminal in the city. 5 minutes walk from venue
For other places to stay, please click on a hotel name below:
We look forward to seeing you all at THE LOW LIGHT SOCIAL this January!
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