Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 8:00 PM PST
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
Wonder of Weird, 40th Anniversary Tour!
The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The first official release under the name of The Residents was in 1974, and the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, CD projects and DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scoredmultiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant-garde music, was started by The Residents.
Throughout the group's existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity preferring, instead, to have attention focused on their art output. Much outside speculation and rumour has focused on this aspect of the group. In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tuxedos - a long-lasting costume now recognized as their signature iconography. Their albums generally fall into two categories: deconstructions of Western popular music, or complex conceptual pieces, composed around a theme, theory or plot. They are noted forsurrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over the top, theatrical spectacle of their live performances.