Dirty Beaches / SISU / Ell V Gore
Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
DIRTY BEACHES, the recording project of Montreal-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer ALEX ZHANG HUNGTAI, returns to the Bottle for their first time since 2011's Adventures In Modern Music Festival. With a Best New Music on Pitchfork for his outstanding new double record Drifters/Love Is The Devil, DIRTY BEACHES has again proven to be one of the most innovative and compelling artists today, and will be returning to our stage with a full band. Heard recently in an interview on NPR's All Things Considered, HUNGTAI's new record was praised as "washy, dreamy rock music that often feels nostalgic" while the aforementioned Pitchfork review sees it as "both sprawling and detailed, a sonic travelogue that takes the textural aspects of his work to impressionistic heights." In a recent interview with Stereogum, the record is described as "equal parts beautiful, heartbreaking, and (occasionally) terrifying," an apt description for his fascinating new video for "Casino Lisboa." LA-based four-piece SISU, which started as the solo project of DUM DUM GIRLS drummer SANDRA VU, are touring with DIRTY BEACHES in support of their new album Blood Tears, recorded entirely by VU and hitting stores September 17th via Mono Prism. An intoxicating blend synthy shoegaze, darkwave, electronic dreampop and traditional rock, the record, in VU's own words, "is about the anxiety of starting over, the hangover of failure, breaking up, insecurities, self doubt, finding a voice, finding that you have a voice, speaking up and singing louder." Toronto-based post-punk monsters ELL V GORE are also joining the party for a few dates around the Midwest and they're kicking off tonight's fiesta with their terrifying and exhilarating blend of industrial no-wave mindfuckery. Sex Static, their debut EP on Bad Actors, is a freaky, pitch black beat-down made by four weirdos who've become known around their hometown for their stunningly intense live show. Visceral, dark, and loud, ELL V GORE sound like a band beating their instruments to death - the rhythm section is tight and malicious, the guitars and synths scrape and scrap at your eyelids and front man ELL V's controlled howl ravages your brain with the guttural intensity only matched by the freakiest of late-night delinquents.