Come / Brother JT / Wrekmeister Harmonies
Friday, Jul 12, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
The dark and dissonant blues-rock band COME formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990 and proceeded to terrorize the noisy rock underground throughout the decade. Led by singer/guitarist THALIA ZEDEK and guitarist CHRIS BROKAW, also the drummer for Codeine, COME included a pair of Athens, GA refugees in bassist SEAN O'BRIEN, formerly of KILKENNY CATS, and drummer ARTHUR JOHNSON. The band released a single on Sub Pop before signing to Matador and releasing their superbly atmospheric album 11:11 in 1992. Throughout the 90s COME released critically claimed LPs, EPS and singles on Matador, opened for seminal alt-rock bands like NIRVANA, SONIC YOUTH, SUGAR and DINOSAUR JR, and were consistently on the brink of commercial fame, ultimately never achieving the widespread recognition that many felt they deserved. It's an honor and a privilege to welcome to our stage tonight. BROTHER JT is JOHN TERLESKY, a grown-up rocker who got started in the late 80s as garage-pop ravers THE ORIGINAL SINS, a band who released numerous records throughout the decade, ultimately dissolving by the end of the decade. During his time in that band, TERLESKY adopted the BROTHER JT alter-ego as a way to express his more experimental/psych-minded interests. Throughout the decade he released albums on Twisted Village, Siltbreeze, Drag City, and others and toured with numerous damaged-pop acts such as ROYAL TRUX, BARDO POND, SMOG and BLONDE REDHEAD. Of late, BROTHER JT has been self-releasing CDs accompanied by books filled with drawings and writings, but this year's LP, The Svelteness of Boogietude, was released on none other than Thrill Jockey and it's well worth your ear-time. J.R. ROBINSON is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name WREKMEISTER HARMONIES to explore the darkest corners of minimalistic synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections he creates. His Thrill Jockey debut, You've Always Meant So Much To Me was released on June 11th. The recording is an album-length composition spread over two sides of vinyl, featuring some of Chicago's most infamous minds in the metal and experimental worlds, and tonight’s performance will include ANNE PATTERSON on cello, ESTHER SHAW on violin, JAIME FENNELLY on harmonium, MARK SOLOTROF on electronics, CHIRS BROKAW on guitar, and of course, J.R. ROBINSON on electronics, guitar and vocals.