Music Hall of Williamsburg
AVAN LAVA

AVAN LAVA

Light Asylum, Zebra Katz

Thu, October 31, 2013

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

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$18

This event is 18 and over

AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA
AVAN LAVA have staked their claim as one of New York’s most vibrant pop acts—a kind of natural bridge between late night club culture and kaleidoscopic pop theatricality. In doing so, the trio of Ian Pai (producer/drummer), Le Chev (producer/keyboard/guitar) and TC Milan (vocals) have earned a fervent fanbase and managed to bring their raucous live show to points all over the globe. Since forming, the band have released three EPs to increasing acclaim. The group’s latest EP —Flex Fantasy —proved to be a commercial breakthrough, fine-tuning the trio’s penchant for marrying soulful vocals and sanguine beats. The release led the production of multiple videos as well as a long-standing collaboration with famed fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh. The trio also contributed music to fashion campaigns for the likes of Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, and Miu Miu. The band’s current EP—2015’s Make It Real—(out 3/31/15 via Atlas Chair) is comprised of six tracks (including the powerhouse singles “Leave It All Behind” and "Wanna Live") that serve as a kind of euphoric pop blueprint for their increasingly dynamic live show: an communal party experience characterized by nonstop dancing, the occasional blast of confetti, and a profound sense of joy. This year will find AVAN LAVA embarking on a North American tour, SXSW Festival and much more.
Light Asylum
Light Asylum
There's a sense of release watching a performer who was clearly born to be on stage, whose whole life has been building up to the moment when all their pent-up artistic urges can be turned loose on an audience. Some people make music for fun; others do it because there's a force that's been bearing down on them since birth that positively compels them to flush it all out of their systems. Light Asylum singer Shannon Funchess would seem to be a card-carrying member of the latter group. She manages to route her sinewy vocal through the cold-blooded seething of Ian Curtis, the deadpan drawl of Grace Jones and the full-tilt intensity of Henry Rollins circa Damaged.

The juddering electro-goth backing provides a perfect foil for her to break out that extraordinary range, which effortlessly transitions from hoarse rasps to deep-throated contralto brooding and back again. Funchess' lyrical conceits mostly center on drugs and religious imagery, but there's a vitality and conviction to her delivery, a sense that she needs to be up there doing this, that elevates Light Asylum beyond the sizable amount of past and present artists who have explored similar territory.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/