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Lost Colony Music Presents: Great Lakes + Fan Modine + Joanna Gruesome + more! FREE!
Oct 19, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm| FREE
GREAT LAKES formed in 1996 in Athens, Georgia and released a self-titled debut in 2000. Though fronted by Ben Crum since its inception, the band has always enjoyed the contributions of a rotating cast of accomplished collaborators. Their debut benefitted from contributions by members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, of Montreal and many others, and garnered strong reviews from Mojo and Uncut, which led to festival appearances in Europe and an opening slot for Belle & Sebastian. After Crum left Athens for New York in 2002 the band went through many iterations, releasing three more albums and many singles and touring the US and Europe many times. The list of collaborators grew to include many players who made names for themselves with the likes of Talibam!, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Beirut, The Ladybug Transistor and many others. While the band’s debut and 2002’s The Distance Between established Great Lakes’ reputation as accomplished purveyors of top-notch late 60s-inspired psychedelic pop, over time Crum shifted the band’s focus towards more organic and natural instrumentation, beginning with 2006’s Diamond Times and continuing with 2010’s Ways of Escape, and increasingly incorporated more folk and country music influences as his songs veered away from psychedelia and began to take on a greater degree of emotional depth. The band’s more recent records have been praised by Magnet, Allmusic, No Depression and many others. A fifth Great Lakes album is currently in the mixing stage, and is expected to see release in 2014. All of the band’s albums are available from Orange Twin Records.
Since the release of “Slow Road to Tiny Empire”, Fan Modine’s first album, in 1998, Gordon Zacharias has been known as an artist who mixes buoyant orchestral pop music with oftentimes more gloomy lyrics. This disconcerting combination has won him a cult following among fans of obscure rock bands, and of indie-pop artists in particular. With “Gratitude for the Shipper”, Fan Modine’s first album in six years, his music adds dimensions both lyrically and sonically, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as French symbolist poet Stephane Mallarmé and Southern pop trailblazer Alex Chilton (“Waiting for Distant Light,” the album’s finale, is a tribute to the recently-deceased songwriter, singer and guitarist)
With expanded instrumentation and higher-fi recording, “Gratitude for the Shipper” sounds consistently bright, melodic and hook-happy. “It’s a struggle to think in terms of albums these days, but I still strive for that,” Zacharias says. “I wanted to make a tight, solid album that holds together like John Cale’s Paris 1919 or Procul Harum’s A Salty Dog do for me, although, I feel like we ended up with something quite different.”
Riotous teenagers Joanna Gruesome are a five-piece noisepop/C86-ish/punk/riot grrrl/whatever band from Cardiff that sound like You Made Me Realise? era My Bloody Valentine being channeled by sloppy punk kids. They like quiet and sweet melodies, hardcore punk drumbeats and brutal feedback. Equal parts Huggy Bear and classic Dinosaur Jr, in the space of five minutes their boy-girl high velocity terror-pop can veer from jangle to riot, from sweaters to torn tights, from feedback to swoon.
“Joanna Gruesome are a brilliant band from Cardiff who love their fuzzy melodies and songs dripped in scuzzy reverb.” Huw Stephens, Radio One
Room Full of Strangers
Room Full of Strangers
Sardonic Garage Pop n Roll music with a vicious twist, that whips their audience into a creamy rock-n-roll lather.