Death Valley Girls, Gymshorts, Ethers

Sun Nov 4 2018

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen

2100 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60618

Ages 21+

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  • Death Valley Girls

    Death Valley Girls

    Alternative Rock

    Rock n’ roll has always served as a means to elevate the fringe of society, though it’s
    accentuated the plights of the outcasts and misfits in different ways throughout the
    years. In its infancy, rock was a playful rebuttal against segregation and Puritanism.
    In the ‘60s, it became a vehicle for an elevated consciousness. In the years following
    the Summer of Love and the clampdown on Flower Power, that countercultural
    spirit adopted the aggravated and occasionally nihilistic edge of bands like The
    Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, and The New York Dolls. And then as the ‘80s
    approached, popular rock n’ roll turned into a relatively benign celebration of
    hedonism and decadence, but that contingent of dark mystics from the ‘70s who
    lifted the veil and used music as a means of rallying people to altered planes had left
    their mark. It was an undercurrent in rock that would never die, but would
    percolate in corners of the underground. Today we can see it manifest in LA’s Death
    Valley Girls.
    The group feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core,
    vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel
    channel Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Funhouse’s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ
    Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace. Their relentless touring
    schedule means that the remainder of the group is rounded out by whichever like-
    minded compatriots can get in the van. On their third album Darkness Rains, bassist
    Alana Amram, drummer Laura Harris, and a rotating cast of guests like Shannon Lay
    and members of The Make Up, The Shivas, and Moaning help elevate the band from
    their rogue beginnings to a communal ritualistic musical force. On the surface level,
    Death Valley Girls churn out the hypercharged, in the red, scuzzy rock every
    generation yearns for, but there is a more subversive force percolating beneath the
    surface that imbues the band with an exhilarating cosmic energy.
    Death Valley Girls’ sophomore album Glow In The Dark was based on the concept
    that many of us are trying to become more enlightened, and you can tell by the way
    they ‘glow in the dark.’ Darkness Rains goes a step further, attempting to shift the
    consciousness of those that have not yet considered how we are all connected and
    how that relates to the way we view life beyond death. Those that ‘glow’ can use the
    songs on Darkness Rains as new chants—or they can be used for pure
    entertainment. “Songs come from beyond and other worlds, you just have to tune
    into the right radio wave signal to dial them in. Our signal happens to be in a 1970
    Dodge Charger Spaceship,” says Schemel.
    Album opener “More Dead” is a rousing wake up call, with a hypnotic pentatonic
    guitar riff and an intoxicating blown-out fuzz-wah solo underscoring Bloomgarden’s
    consciousness-rattling proclamation that you’re “more dead than alive.” The pace
    builds with “(One Less Thing) Before I Die”, a minute-and-a-half distillate of
    Detroit’s classic proto-punk sound. But at track three, Death Valley Girls hit their
    stride with “Disaster (Is What We’re After)”, a gritty, swaggering rager that takes the
    most boisterous moments off Exile On Main Street and beefs it up with Zeppelin’s
    devil’s-note blues. Darkness Rains retains its intoxicating convocations across ten

    tracks, climaxing on an astral plane with the hypnotic guitar drones and cult-like
    chants of “TV In Jail On Mars.”
    “Learn from the stars and beyond! Be happy and thankful we got to live together on
    Earth at the same time! And death is just a shift—stay alive and awake,”
    Bloomgarden and Schemel respond when asked for a final thought on Death Valley
    Girls. “Embrace the darkness and don’t fear the Reaper.” Suicide Squeeze Records is
    proud to further the cause by releasing Darkness Rains on October 5 th , 2018 on
    LP/CD/CS/ and digital formats. The first vinyl pressing is limited to 1,500 copies.
    Both the cassette and vinyl include digital downloads.

  • Gymshorts

    Gymshorts

    Punk

    This four-piece punk dynamo from Rhode Island, is everything you want in a punk band: brutal, unrefined, and absolutely thrashing. They are exactly how you’d expect them to be offstage; upbeat, hilarious, New England punks who’d like nothing more than to goof off and make music with their friends. However that impression partially collapses when they mount the stage, strap into their instruments, and reveal their sludge-coated surf riffs and drums that sound both wildly anarchic and assertively tight.

  • Ethers

    Ethers

    Alternative

Kickstand Productions Presents

Death Valley Girls, Gymshorts, Ethers

Sun Nov 4 2018 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Beat Kitchen Chicago IL
Death Valley Girls, Gymshorts, Ethers
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Ages 21+