Today Is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp

Sun Apr 7 2013

8:00 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

$13 (advance), $15

Ages 21+

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East coast noisecore vets TODAY IS THE DAY make their way to the Bottle tonight to headline a brutal Sunday like we rarely see at the Bottle, at least on Sundays. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album and all these years later TITD are still known as one of the more unique and influential metal bands of the past two decades. Their violent and anthemic style blends metal, noise, psychedelia and rock and we couldn’t be more stoked to host their skull-crushing heaviness on this holiest of evenings. Formed in 2005 in Savannah, GA, BLACK TUSK is a ferocious heavy metal trio that forges a colossal sound built on sludgy stoner riffs and punk rhythms with elements of thrash. The band recently completed recording their upcoming EP, which Relapse plans to release later this spring, and they consistently flattened audiences last month at numerous SXSW metal showcase. It’s easy to think of KEN MODE as a new band, but many new fans may not realize that the Winnipeg-based trio has been playing together for over 13 years. This year’s Entrench, released on Season of Mist, has received considerable acclaim for melding metal, industrial, punk and noise-rock into a delightfully vicious package that beats the crap out of its listeners in the best way possible. New Jersey’s FIGHT AMP are another trio of veterans who whip out unexpected, genre-bending rock that sits somewhere in the outskirts of punk and noise-rock. Their newest record, Birth Control, released in late 2012 on Transitional Loss, will keep listeners reeled in with tons of hooks, mind-shredding riffs and an energy that will likely electrocute fans in the live setting. Tonight is going to fucking rule. 

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  • Today Is the Day

    Today Is the Day

    Heavy Metal

    Quasi-cult-like in its construction, surgical in its execution, eclectic to a fault, Today Is the Day emerged from Nashville, TN, in 1992 as a trio of musical misfits with tremendous technical abilities lead by founder, guitarist, and vocalist Steve Austin. Not the simplest to define sonically, Today Is the Day combines the challenging time signatures and chameleon-esque musical proficiency of King Crimson with the raw-boned intensity, volume, and power of Slayer. Between those poles, Austin and the various incarnations of Today Is the Day have experimented brazenly, audaciously, and fearlessly with sound, tone, and style, utilizing everything from found samples to acoustic instruments to synthesizers to all-out death metal and grindcore beats. In doing so, the band has earned the distinction as one of extreme music's most talented, peculiar, searching, and influential acts. After releasing a self-financed EP on the band's own Supernova Records, Today Is the Day returned to Austin's former home of Detroit, MI, to record a demo tape. One of those tapes fell into the hands of Amphetamine Reptile Records head Tom Hazelmeyer, who immediately signed the band to a multiple album deal.

    In the Spring of 1993, Today Is the Day issued their mind-bending debut, Supernova. That quixotic album of experimental pieces and contorted metal tracks -- one that left a wake of both puzzled and congratulatory reviews -- was immediately followed with an appearance on AmRep's Clusterfuck EP, shared with labelmate's Guzzard and Chokebore. The Cluster tour followed, with all three bands co-headlining 43 dates in the U.S. and 45 in Europe. In 1994, the band recorded its follow-up, Willpower, at White Room Studios in Detroit, MI, with engineer Al Sutton. The album was far more nuanced, song-oriented, warm, and emotional than its cold, technical predecessor. A great deal of touring ensued before bass player Mike Herrell departed. Herrell was replaced by keyboardist Scott Wexton and the addition of keyboards signaled a stylistic, as well as personnel change.

    While maintaining the band's extreme nature, particularly Austin's Fripp-like guitar playing and layered vocals, Today is the Day embraced digital recording and quasi-industrial ambient textures, maintaining only guitar and drums as organic instruments. In 1996, that lineup recorded its self-titled and final album for AmRep. A year later, original drummer Brad Elrod left the band as well, prompting Austin to restructure the trio, and switch labels to Relapse Records. Temple of the Morning Star was recorded and released in 1997 with Chris Reeser on keyboards, and Mike Hyde on drums. A lengthy and ambitious work, Temple of the Morning Star continued the forward-thinking bent of Today Is the Day, while incorporating a number of the trademarks of the earlier releases.

    After a year of touring, Austin relocated the band and his recording studio -- Austin Enterprises -- to Clinton, MA, and once again reconfigured the lineup, this time reverting to the bass-guitar-drums format of the first two albums. The lineup was rounded out by drummer Brann Dailor and bassist Bill Kelliher. In 1999, that lineup emerged with In the Eyes of God, Today Is the Day's most unapologetically metal album, filled with double-picking guitar riffs, double-kick drum, intensely venomous lyrics, as well as Austin's peculiar trademarks and idiosyncratic song structures. In 2000, Relapse issued Live Till You Die, a collection of demos, acoustic tracks, live audio, tape loops, and odds and ends. Austin began to work for other bands as a producer, while the emotionally draining Sadness Will Prevail (2002) was the next effort to appear from the group. ~ Patrick Kennedy, All Music Guide

  • Black Tusk

    Black Tusk

    Alternative Rock

    Emerging onto the metal scene from Savannah, GA in 2005, Black Tusk specialize in a brand of sludgy metal they call "swamp metal." The band, consisting of members Andrew (guitar/vocals), Athon (bass/vocals), and James (drums/vocals), combines the drive of fellow Savannah residents Baroness with the thick and murky stoner sludge of High on Fire. In 2005 the band self-released its first demo, Demos and the Demons, as well as the album When Kingdoms Fall, which was released on Wrecked Signal. Two years later they self-released another album, The Fallen Kingdom, and kept their prolific release schedule going the following year with Passage Through Purgatory, released on Hyperrealist Records. Taking what for them is a long break from recording, Black Tusk gained attention through tours with bands like Weedeater, Pentagram, and Eyehategod. The band eventually signed on to Relapse, and in 2010 released its first album through the label, Taste the Sin, featuring cover art from Baroness singer John Baizley. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi

  • Ken Mode

    Ken Mode

    Heavy Metal

    "The dance party killing machine...

    KEN mode highly endorses Orange Amps, Levy's Straps, Vater Percussion, and Bare Knuckle Pickups."

    -KEN mode Facebook

  • Fight Amp

    Fight Amp

    Heavy Metal

    Fight Amp hail from West Berlin, New Jersey, and their harsh, unforgiving brand of post-hardcore harks back to the Amphetamine Reptile label's influential '90s roster, with additional nods to noise-rock, sludge, punk rock and metal rounding out the picture. Steeped in the hardcore ethic through and through, band members Mike, Jon, Rebecca and Hissem, reject last names out of hand, and recorded several independent singles and mini releases leading up to their full-length debut for Translation Loss Records, 2007's Hungry for Nothing. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi

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Today Is the Day / Black Tusk / Ken Mode / Fight Amp

Sun Apr 7 2013 8:00 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Today Is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp
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$13 (advance), $15 Ages 21+

East coast noisecore vets TODAY IS THE DAY make their way to the Bottle tonight to headline a brutal Sunday like we rarely see at the Bottle, at least on Sundays. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album and all these years later TITD are still known as one of the more unique and influential metal bands of the past two decades. Their violent and anthemic style blends metal, noise, psychedelia and rock and we couldn’t be more stoked to host their skull-crushing heaviness on this holiest of evenings. Formed in 2005 in Savannah, GA, BLACK TUSK is a ferocious heavy metal trio that forges a colossal sound built on sludgy stoner riffs and punk rhythms with elements of thrash. The band recently completed recording their upcoming EP, which Relapse plans to release later this spring, and they consistently flattened audiences last month at numerous SXSW metal showcase. It’s easy to think of KEN MODE as a new band, but many new fans may not realize that the Winnipeg-based trio has been playing together for over 13 years. This year’s Entrench, released on Season of Mist, has received considerable acclaim for melding metal, industrial, punk and noise-rock into a delightfully vicious package that beats the crap out of its listeners in the best way possible. New Jersey’s FIGHT AMP are another trio of veterans who whip out unexpected, genre-bending rock that sits somewhere in the outskirts of punk and noise-rock. Their newest record, Birth Control, released in late 2012 on Transitional Loss, will keep listeners reeled in with tons of hooks, mind-shredding riffs and an energy that will likely electrocute fans in the live setting. Tonight is going to fucking rule. 

(BV Chicago) (Pitchfork) (Pitchfork) (Reader) (Show No Mercy)