/ Verma / Wume
Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 9:00 PM CDT
(9:00 PM Doors)
- Friday, Oct 28, 2011 1:00 AM CDT
Ultra Lounge, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Free Before 9:30pm with RSVP. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails must be received before 5pm the day of the show.
Though they’ve remained largely unheralded by the local press, Catacombz have been consistently gigging around town for a couple of years now, gradually building a loyal fan base and occasionally putting out batches of their psych-bent Krautrock on cassette. (Dead medium? Maybe. Affordable? You bet!) They’ve always been uncompromising, often pushing the limits of a song solely for their own pleasure, so it’s unsurprising that one of the most striking things about their latest, self-titled album (their third overall, and the first to be pressed on vinyl) is the ambitious scope of the tunes contained therein. Only one—album opener “Russia”—is curt enough to dip below the six-minute mark, but that’s not to say the others can be accused of being long-winded or noodling. Ceaselessly propelled by an irrepressible motorik rhythm, even the ten-minute-plus “Anhinga Tundra” seems to pass in the blink of an eye, which makes repeat listens a necessary (and enjoyable) venture.
Bent equally on bristling psychedelic squall and driving motorik, Verma emerged in the wake of an experimental improvisational collective. Blending a wide range of influences from proto-metal, minimalism, electronic, space rock and drone, the group constructs and explores cinematic sonic landscapes. Verma is amoebic in nature, coexisting with the mechanical. The driving rhythm section creates a solid architecture for swirling guitars and haunting vocal melodies, all beneath a haze of sweeping synthesizers. This repetitive dervish of sound rises from dark roots to a meditative plane, at once the atmosphere of metamorphosis and cerebral introspection.
We are a band from Chicago, Illinois. Our project began in the spring of 2010 and continues to grow and shift.