Music Hall of Williamsburg
Medicine

Medicine

Weekend, Leverage Models

Fri, August 16, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 18 and over

Medicine
Medicine
Eighteen years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and proudly offering a newly recorded LP on Captured Tracks. “To The Happy Few” is the sound of a highly inspired group reclaiming its creative legacy, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking. Returning is the core trio of lead singer/ chanteuse Beth Thompson, guitarist / vocalist Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall, the same team which created the still vital, influential and controversial LPs “Shot Forth Self Living” (1992) , “The Buried Life” (1993) and “Her Highness” (1995) as well as a stand-out appearance in the 1994 film “The Crow”.

As it happens, it’s really all the fault of Captured Tracks. In 2012 C/T pulled off the seemingly impossible and secured the rights to reissue the aforementioned two original Medicine LPs in loving and expanded fashion. This was a rather emotional moment for the original band members. So much so that upon meeting up at Brad’s home studio in May 2012 for the first time since 1995 in order to divide up the vinyl goodies and ultra-limited box sets, the trio laid down the basic track for what became the final song on the new LP. Emboldened by the natural ease with which they slipped back into Medicine mode, the trio spent the remainder of the year leisurely recording the new LP and enjoying each other’s company far removed from the stress and turmoil of their original early 90?s run. The resulting LP is not your parent’s Shoegaze record. The sonic palette and the hands, feet and mouths that utilize it may be the same, but the end result more subtly reflects the amassed life experiences and refined aesthetics of three mature artists only just now approaching the peak of their powers.

The members of Medicine stayed quite busy with music in the interim between 1995 and 2012: Jim Goodall recorded and toured with his legendary evil country western band Jon Wayne which had its first LP reissued by Jack White’s Third Man label. He also toured as a member of UK noise gods Whitehouse and recorded with Current 93. Beth Thompson made a collaborative album as The Shway and performed with The Furry Things. Brad Laner has released a bunch of solo and collaborative LPs under various names and recorded with the likes of Brian Eno, M83, Caribou and Blinker The Star.

“Long As The Sun” is the first song that we’re sharing from the new Medicine LP. It simultaneously references the origins of the band and explodes into brand new territory. An exuberant, belligerently pounding carnival of sound and harmony. A joyful acceptance of something that just simply works. Noise for beauty’s sake. You know, Medicine.
Weekend
Weekend
Brooklyn –via- San Francisco’s post-punk trio Weekend will release their highly-anticipated sophomore LP “Jinx” (due out July 23rd) on Slumberland Records.

A Timeline:

1997- 2009

Shaun Durkan (vocalist/bassist/guitarist) and Kevin Johnson (guitarist) first met and joined creative forces when they were just 12 years old, as bassists in the middle school band. Durkan’s father, the singer in post-punk band Half Church, had exposed Shaun to venerable likes of Killing Joke and the Cure (evidence that both are heavy influences on this forthcoming release.)

Years later, Durkan and Johnson attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where drummer Abe Pedroza was Durkan’s roommate. Known within their inner circles for having a near-machine-like drumming ability and love for all primarily obscure bands, Pedroza was quickly enlisted into what would become Weekend (serving as the band’s second drummer, replacing Taylor Valentino who departed the band following the recording of the band’s debut album, Sports)

2009 to 2011

Weekend officially formed in 2009 and recorded the Sports LP throughout the year at Ruminator Audio, which belongs to long-time friend and producer/engineer Monte Vallier (formerly of Jet Black Crayon, Swell, and Half Church- with Durkan’s father). “When we wrote Sportsit was an explosion of energy and ideas,” Johnson says. “We’d been talking about doing the band for 10 years, so when we finally got together it was a cathartic release of energy and songs.”

Throughout the next two years, the band found itself touring internationally with the Kills (Europe) and Wire (UK and US) and in Japan in support of the 2011′s Red EP, which marked a sonic departure from the band’s initial signature addiction to noise over clarity. Red(which was also produced by Monte Vallier) saw the band embrace sweeter melodies that encouraged Shaun to display his vocal abilities free from any distortion overlap.

2012 – Present

The band spent most of 2012 writing, recording, and painstakingly mixing the 10 songs that comprise the album once again with Monte Vallier at Ruminator. As Monte was in Half Church and a close family friend of Shaun’s, he had long ago offered his recording services since the very beginnings of the band. Despite the all-too-familiar time lapse of the recording and mixing process Durkan recounts the Jinxsessions as “the most trying though rewarding experience so far.”

During this time, Weekend relocated cross-country to the already heavily saturated Brooklyn music scene. The trio had collectively grown weary of the trappings of home. Durkan states, “Feeling at home is evidence of stagnation and so I’m happy to say New York still feels alien to me.” Despite the drastic change of scenery, he maintains “Geographically-based music scenes are for the most part defunct due to the internet but I don’t think we’ll ever be part of any scene. We stand on our own.”

When asked to describe the album in 3 adjectives, Durkan stated, “Volatile. Cathartic. Bittersweet. The record is a collage of inspiration and ideas from each member of the band. Shards of experiences, images, smells, sounds molded into something we can collectively call ours.” The album visually represents the music as well, through personal possessions of each band member that “had singular and emotional connections to and democratize it through a physical process. Painting the objects black adds a new, collective ownership over the previous personal meaning. [There is] the coalescence of our individual art to make something new, stark, and powerful.” That Stark black visual sheen is compliments the songs that embody Jinx. Memories and experiences have been reinterpreted and recalled into existence from haunting, beautiful places. Each song on the album charges through a polarizing emotion through an ebb and flow of sounds both ominous and soothing. Lastly, the LP’s presumably superstitious title compliments this body of work thematically. Shaun recalls his father nicknaming him “Jinx” as a boy. That name, like all the inspirations, emotions and experiences has returned to haunt the band – this time delivered with a lustrous and magnificent black sheen.
Leverage Models
Leverage Models
"Shannon Fields (Stars Like Fleas founder/producer, Helado Negro collaborator) spent the better part of 2012 recording new unhinged, narratively-oblique, club-centric, dark kitchen-sink pop music under the name Leverage Models. Leverage Models has been releasing songs on limited edition cassettes via Portland-based Hometapes (Bear in Heaven, Matthew E. White, Megafaun, AU, All Tiny Creatures). The debut, self-titled Leverage Models LP, was release on October 1 on Hometapes, and features contributions from Sharon Van Etten and members of Yeasayer, Sinkane, and LCD Soundsystem.
In the wake of Stars Like Fleas’ hiatus, Shannon left Brooklyn, took up residence on a small farm in upstate New York where he learned how to take care of horses and began work on what would become Leverage Models, figuring he could maybe broker a peace between himself and pure entertainment, pleasure, health. Shannon’s songs follow deeply broken human and animal characters set in miniature and lost countries where corporate jargon, self-loathing, fear of color, and a handful of relationships based on sexual and financial subjugation grow limbs and faces and walk around glowing in hay-lofts at night. Leverage Models music, however, privileges immediate pleasure, dancing, and unhinged joy.

The record features several life rafts full of noteworthy contributors from across the musical map and makes new sculptures out of the warped shadows of bands like ABC, Scritti Politti, The Dream, This Heat, The Associates, Happy Mondays, Japan, Usher, Robert Wyatt, A Certain Ratio, Material, Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam, Durutti Column, Throbbing Gristle, The Glove, etc."
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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