Dustin Wong / Blues Control / Bitchin' Bajas / Axis:sovA
Monday, Sep 10, 2012 9:30 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Whether solo or as a cog in bands PONYTAIL and ECSTATIC SUNSHINE, guitarist DUSTIN WONG likes to push the sonic envelope. Balancing composition and waves of experimentation, WONG constructs an ongoing atmospheric soundtrack on his latest Thrill Jockey release, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads. Pitchfork praised the effort by saying, “none of the songs are simple, and they mostly all build to surprising and surprisingly weird heights,” and FADER has said, “it’s not that he’s the only dude creating hypnotic loops of complex guitar finger work, but he is definitely one of the best.” Queens-based duo BLUES CONTROL return tonight supporting their Drag City debut, Valley Tangents, released earlier this summer. The fellas have issued a handful of releases across several formats and have become known for their celestial, ethereal compositions that can be difficult to pin down but they are so, so good. BRYON COLEY and THURSTON MOORE have championed their “sweet rolling psyche minimalism,” while Arthur has characterized their sound as “brute force monstrosity trudge in the cloudmashing style.” BITCHIN BAJAS - the side project of CAVE's COOPER CRANE mines 70s Krautrock and on the project’s debut Tones/Zones, the band delivers melodic, retro psychedelic ambient jams and AXIS:SOVA’s muggy haze, populated by rambling guitars and cascading synths is finally captured on record on their debut LP, (I Feel Like) Laying Low, out via Kill Shaman Records. An effort full of beautifully junky, skewed surf-rock complete with undeniable hooks and scorching guitar pyrotechnics, AXIS:SOVA opens tonight’s massive FREE Monday show.