Fire-Toolz (Record Release), Gel Set (Record Release), Mukqs, A + E

Thu Nov 16 2017

9:00 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

$5.00

Ages 21+

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GEL SET is the solo project of Chicago musician LAURA CALLIER, a young lady who's filled these old walls with her hazy, spacey, and sparse minimal synth jams many a time before. In summer of 2015 we helped CALLIER celebrate the release of her LP, Human Salad, out on Chicago's own Moniker Records. Now we get to repeat that joy all over again by helping her celebrate the release of her newest LP, Body Copy. On Body Copy, we witness GEL SET settling in perfectly into her minimalist synth expertise while including more dark emotion than she ever has before. 

Just as modern experimental music traces a conversation between juxtaposed traditions, live performance tactics, and software-abetted composition frameworks, the music that Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Angel Marcloid makes under her FIRE-TOOLZ moniker burns through ideas and genres at a pace faster than the typical human brain can fathom. Drip Mental, her first release on Hausu Mountain following 2015's Even The Files Won't Touch You (Depravity Label), smears an untold library of mangled samples and live instrumentation into a hallucinatory vision of progressive songwriting and electro-industrial abandon. Doubling the damage, we’re housing FIRE-TOOLZ’ highly anticipated record release for the evening to make this chaotic corrugated computer night even weirder.

Electronic mastermind, MUKQS (of experimental trio GOOD WILLSMITH) joins the bill. MUKQS utilizes the many facets of plunderphonics to alter and collage pieces of old audio to create a highly syncopated and dance heavy arrangement of experimental electronic music.

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Fire-Toolz (Record Release)
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  • Fire-Toolz (Record Release)

    Fire-Toolz (Record Release)

    Dance/Electronic

    Just as modern experimental music traces a conversation between juxtaposed traditions, live performance tactics, and software-abetted composition frameworks, the music that Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Angel Marcloid makes under her Fire-Toolz moniker burns through ideas and genres at a pace faster than the typical human brain can fathom. Drip Mental, her first release on Hausu Mountain following 2015's Even The Files Won't Touch You (Depravity Label), presents a 48-minute program that smears an untold library of mangled samples and live instrumentation into a hallucinatory vision of progressive songwriting and electro-industrial abandon. Her endlessly combinatory tracks fuse complex percussion workouts, guttural screams, and shimmering synthetic backdrops into bursts of aggressive self-discovery that seek to overload the senses and upset conventions with each hairpin transition. Fire-Toolz's compositions slither between boundaries of internet detritus, finely tailored electronic collage, and unhinged metallic catharsis, planting vocal outpours of emotion and towering earworm riffs within detailed networks of found sound and programmed electronics.

    Beneath signifiers that drop listeners' attention spans into rabbit holes of intersecting musical styles (see: cyberpunk, vaporwave, EBM, trance), the heart of Marcloid's practice lies in her reexamination of mundane daily life through the lens of the sardonic prodigy, the grimly enlightened, the a-little-too-emo. The stories that populate her compositions spin through chapters of isolation and PTSD, sex and/or love, weed and internet-induced stupefaction, and workday grind. Fire-Toolz maps out her own conception of modern Chicago life not only by way of her lyrical content, but through a cast of collaborators that appear for moments within the chaos: Gel Set's pulsing techno grids, Forced Into Femininity's unmistakable vocal theatrics, Good Willsmith's fine-grain drone. Tracks like "Busy Beaver Lunch Break" extend over suite-like structures of four-on-the-floor throb, garbled synthesis, and a dizzying array of vocal styles. Peals of harsh noise interrupt the digital hardcore stomp of "To See My Hatred Clearly" before soaring keyboard leads break into a chopped-and-screwed saxophone sample conclusion. The monolithic album closer "?" solidifies Angel's spastic production decisions into a sentimental anthem closer to italo-disco, frosted with black metal screams and elaborate piano solos. Far from seeming random in execution, each tiny element of Fire-Toolz's mosaic proves crucial to express the beautiful and grotesque depths of her personality, and the distances through which her musical self-education has wandered.

  • Gel Set (Record Release)

    Gel Set (Record Release)

    Dance/Electronic

    "For something so reliant on modernity, Gel Set’s 'Human Salad' screams something primal, as likely to plead the fifth as plead for companionship. Who’s guilty and who’s complicit, you or me? Something slithers out from the South Side of Chicago, like that beast towards Bethlehem, its roving eye shining light on perennial abandonment. “If you were here, I’d have nothing to dream of. If you were here, I wouldn’t believe you,” Laura Callier incants on album opener “Phantom's Ring.” Who is the ever-present “you”? Me? The listener is made conspirator, an added ingredient to Gel Set’s human salad.

    There’s something uncannily nerve-wracking about the phrase “human salad,” though, upon inspection, it is not only an appropriate signifier, but an inviting one. Let’s digress, just for a second. A salad gets its strength from variety – the best salad-maker combines colors and tastes to surprise and satisfy the salad-eater. Similarly, Gel Set combines the human experience from Spanish transgression (“Mi Puta”) to a sensorial game of dozens (“Double Vision”). Unexpected? Yes. Undesirable? No. Surprisingly, as the listener immerses him or herself in Laura Callier’s one voice, he or she is made aware of different narrators – how can you make a human salad with only one human, after all? Trust me, we tried.

    Tying the record together is Gel Set’s rhythmic mastery – ultimately, 'Human Salad' is easy to dance to. As serious and all-encompassing as the lyrics are, the background music is, to put it simply, fun. This is darkwave at its artistic peak, dispersed in common experience, all the while retaining nuanced affectation and hip-moving backing tracks. This salad shakes!"

  • Mukqs

    Mukqs

    Experimental Electro

  • A + E

    A + E

    Dance/Electronic

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Fire-Toolz (Record Release) Gel Set (Record Release)
Mukqs, A + E

Thu Nov 16 2017 9:00 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Fire-Toolz (Record Release), Gel Set (Record Release), Mukqs, A + E
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$5.00 Ages 21+

GEL SET is the solo project of Chicago musician LAURA CALLIER, a young lady who's filled these old walls with her hazy, spacey, and sparse minimal synth jams many a time before. In summer of 2015 we helped CALLIER celebrate the release of her LP, Human Salad, out on Chicago's own Moniker Records. Now we get to repeat that joy all over again by helping her celebrate the release of her newest LP, Body Copy. On Body Copy, we witness GEL SET settling in perfectly into her minimalist synth expertise while including more dark emotion than she ever has before. 

Just as modern experimental music traces a conversation between juxtaposed traditions, live performance tactics, and software-abetted composition frameworks, the music that Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Angel Marcloid makes under her FIRE-TOOLZ moniker burns through ideas and genres at a pace faster than the typical human brain can fathom. Drip Mental, her first release on Hausu Mountain following 2015's Even The Files Won't Touch You (Depravity Label), smears an untold library of mangled samples and live instrumentation into a hallucinatory vision of progressive songwriting and electro-industrial abandon. Doubling the damage, we’re housing FIRE-TOOLZ’ highly anticipated record release for the evening to make this chaotic corrugated computer night even weirder.

Electronic mastermind, MUKQS (of experimental trio GOOD WILLSMITH) joins the bill. MUKQS utilizes the many facets of plunderphonics to alter and collage pieces of old audio to create a highly syncopated and dance heavy arrangement of experimental electronic music.