Kung Fu, Pissed Jeans

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Kung Fu

Pissed Jeans

MC Paul Barman, The McLovins, Ceschi and Factor Chandelier, Chalk Talk, Bad Veins, Armand Hammer, Fake Babies, The Guru, Bearstronaut, Wess Meets West, Political Animals, Violent Mae, Parrallels, The Backyard Committee, Two Humans, Heavy Breath, Ports of Spain, Langosta, Rusty Things, Snooty Garland, Wonderbreed, Sarcasmo feat. Googie, The Morning on Fire, Dohzi, Mister, Siul Hughes, Northern Lights, The Dustbusters, Goodkind., Tanooki Suit, Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine

Sat, May 3, 2014

Doors: 2:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm

The Space

Hamden, CT

$18.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Age restrictions apply see www.fauxchellact.com for details

Kung Fu
Kung Fu
Featuring members of RAQ, Deep Banana Blackout & The Breakfast, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, Return To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam, is currently touring in support of their eponymous debut album. The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing".

Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri (guitar), Robert Somerville (tenor sax), Todd Stoops (keyboards), Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar), and Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion). The powerhouse quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal funk", "explosive", "jaw dropping", and "musically mesmerizing". Although the essence of the Kung Fu Krewe is rooted among ancient jam dynasties, this fledgling "nu-sion" project intends to dominate audiences while nourishing the chi of all who cross their path. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON
Pissed Jeans
Age and a total of four full-lengths haven’t mellowed Pissed Jeans; they can still unleash a blare that will exfoliate your cochlea. Formed in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Pissed Jeans released Shallow, their first album, in 2005 on Parts Unknown Records. The band relocated to Philadelphia seven years ago, and Sub Pop released Hope for Men in 2007, and then King of Jeans in 2009. The latter was recorded by Grammy nominee Alex Newport, who also recorded their latest album, Honeys.

The process of recording four full-lengths has refined Pissed Jeans. Instead of rehashing past records or diverging in a vastly different direction their ideas and execution have become more subtly focused. The songs on Honeys are direct without being obtuse, evocative without being vague, and personal without being indulgent. They also rock like nobody’s business. Do yourself a favor and forget all the claptrap you’ve heard about other bands delivering the goods. If you want bloodthirsty, you’ve got it… Sean McGuinness makes other rock drummers look like one of those dimwit longhairs with an involuntary smile playing a bongo by himself on the lawn behind a store that sells rain sticks. With a bass that sounds like a train filled with stolen shopping carts crashing into an orchestra pit, Randy Huth doesn’t waste a note. Bradley Fry doesn’t look like a guitar hero; he looks like a nice guy who would volunteer to help you reformat the drive on your laptop. But if he looked like he sounds he’d be wearing a necklace of human heads and even his reflection would turn you to stone. Matt Korvette screams out observations on the tedium and absurdity of adulthood, delivered in a fashion similar to the way people must sound when being waterboarded. Sometimes the band sounds like hearing yourself being bashed over the head with a snow shovel. Sometimes they sound like that feeling you’d get if you dipped your arm up to the elbow in a vat of boiling grease. Sometimes they slow down and they sound like when you wake up from a nightmare you can’t quite remember. They are also catchy, not in a simpering, mewling way that your grandmother might appreciate, but in a way that would appeal to mental patients who only understand colors.

The subjects of the album Honeys are the kind of relatable, mundane, niggling things that keep you up late at night. “Bathroom Laughter” kicks off the record with ominous bass that sputters into Pissed Jeans’ most stomping track yet; the song is a narrative about being on the periphery of a nasty scene. It’s an oblique reminder of the glimpses we get into parts of other people’s lives they try to hide. “Loubs” lays out a strut and swing under an unrequited rhapsody to a woman in high heels. In the hands of most bands this would be a moronic blurt. The Jeans turn it into an uncomfortable monologue of longing. “Health Plan” is more direct: a song about the fear of going to the doctor delivered at Black Flag velocity. The record has overtures about the misery and shackles of being a responsible adult and the shame of one’s own narcissism. The music sounds like a recorded loop of a marching band being pushed down a waterslide, with added distortion. Pissed Jeans trucks in menacing songs about insecurity, and nobody has ever done it better.
Ceschi and Factor Chandelier
Ceschi and Factor Chandelier
Ceschi Ramos is a rapper and singer from New Haven, Connecticut who has been hopping genres and spilling guts for the better part of two decades.He has been seen outside venues at 3am in Germany playing an acoustic guitar and singing to people that didn’t want the show to end. He has written poems to fans from behind bars whilst locked up on bogus marijuana charges. He has suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus while arm wrestling a marine in Hawaii. He has recorded with and toured alongside some of independent rap music’s most influential figures, including Sage Francis, Busdriver and Astronautalis. He has been in bands described as hardcore, crunk rap, lo-fi synth pop, Latin progressive and psych-jazz-rap. He has crafted abstracted and personal narratives mining the depths of depression and heights of hope. He has slept on countless floors when hotels weren’t in the touring budget and lost girlfriends and jobs all for the love of creating and performing.

Ceschi was born with four fingers on his right hand, which served as partial inspiration for the name of his DIY record label, Fake Four, Inc. Those who have worked with him describe Ceschi as one of the most artist-friendly labelheads out there, a rare breed who values art over profit almost to a fault. Since 2008, he has curated a roster of wildly original and critically praised talent and put out albums from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Buck 65, Sister Crayon and Dark Time Sunshine in addition to his solo records The One Man Band Broke Up and Broken Bone Ballads.

An engaging, theatrical live performer, CeschiRamos has treated entire venues like a stage, viewing the middle of the audience or an empty barstool as good a place as any to perform a soul-baring folk song or tongue-twisting rap track. Ceschi once described himself in song as “a martyr at most… a failure at least” and said that, “In the eyes of history I’ll be no more than a leaf on a tree.” He knows what it is to suffer for his art and is aware that music exploring the ugliness and sorrow of the human condition will always exist on the fringes of a game dominated by disposable escapism and expensive publicists. Yet he still pours everything he has into his craft, and on any given night you can find him tracking vocals at his cousin’s New Haven studio, warmly greeting fans and friends at a dive bar merch booth or rapping double-time in Japan or Europe for audiences that often don’t speak his language, but are able to see the giant heart at the core of it all.
Chalk Talk
With no music scene in their area to speak of, Chalk Talk has risen to the challenge of being a decidedly DIY band. Within months of forming, the band, then consisting of dual vocalists Bryce Pulaski and Andy Kapinos on guitar and drums respectively, recorded a six-song demo entitled ‘Killing Spree’, threw together a few dozen copies on their own and hit the road for a week-long Northeast tour.
Over the next year the band acquired a bassist, Brian Bartus, and worked on building up a fan base around their home in the suburbs of Enfield Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. They also recorded two songs for a split with The Black Churches called ‘Penny On Heads’. Chalk Talk then hit the road for a self-booked, month-long tour, which took them across the Eastern half of the United States in support of their release ‘The Food Chain’. The Food Chain, for which the band, in co-operation with Canadian label L’oeil Du Tigre, has made available on CD, 7”, and cassette.

In August of 2012 they released the Ep "Bad Influences" under their self run record label Sex Cave Records. In support of the record they toured Eastern Europe for 5 weeks with Philadelphia's Everyone Everywhere.

They currently live and practice in Amherst MA.
Fake Babies
Fake Babies
Fake Babies is all things to all people. Fake Babies has never been afraid to utilize a sound that it found intriguing. Fake Babies has never shied away from an influence no matter how obscure or fleeting it may seem to be. Fake Babies is a band of musicians that grew into a collaboration of producers, or, Fake Babies is a group of producers that come together as a band. either way they are banded together, and they fucking produce.

By 2007 Robert James Nuzzello had been in many bands. As and adolescent he opened for the likes of BB King and Chuck Berry. As a young adult he performed the full gambit of pop and rock bands. After surveying the musical landscape in Los Angeles for a few years he moved back to New Haven, gently leaned his guitar against the wall and stared deep into a 1984 Akai MPC. Beats were made, tracks produced and eventually a new approach was formed using a new range of tools and stylistic elements.

At the same time Justin Courtney Roberts was in Baltimore finding new ways to create the music that had been growing in him since his childhood. There he developed sounds and characters to narrate the sweeping minagerie to be later known as "kids with crushes". These recordings made there way back north and Nuzzello knew a partnership was eminent.

Gary Kiernan Velush and Jason Norman Sirianni had both recently finished degree programs in performance from the prestigious Western Connecticut State University music program and, having bonded under an interest in nontraditional composition, were looking for a new way to make music. They rented loft spaces and hammered out free form waves of sound inspired by the likes of Steve Riech and Wayne Krantz but a focused channel for this energy remained elusive.

In 2008, a vessel for all this liquid potential presented itself. Gary, Bob and Justin procured a rehearsal space in New Havens infamous Daggett Street Square. Jay soon followed and the Submarine was born. At the time the New Haven music scene was in hibernation. Aside from regular sunday nights at the legendary BAR night club (which would provide some of the stylistic inspiration and liquid libation that helped cement the four artist in their common goal) the town had fallen on routine. So.. the submarine began throwing shows.

Drawing on the local talent and importing some from other independent music hubs such as Baltimore and Brooklyn the Submarine hosted some of the most remembered parties of that time. There Fake Babies honed a style based not only in sounds but in spaces. Somehow the bump of a deep bass kick resonates off of a wall painted pink more sweetly. The glitter flew, the pipes dripped with condensed sweat and most of the time, the cops were called.

Soon after, a large corner of the sub was devoted to a recording studio space and the production team known as Fuzzy Rainbow moved in. Having produced Fake Babies initial release "we started blues", the fuzzys presence was warm and welcome. With all the elements in line the work began to flow. Fake Babies 2012 release, a self titled EP, produced by Bill Ready of Fuzzy fame, showcases the raw party power of the earlier record with a delicate grace that only time and patience can produce.

Fake Babies continues to record and perform for every set of warm pink ears ready to receive them.
The Guru
The Guru
Tropics, joy. Down to earth tones, hanging out with your friends all day to forget routine. Thinking of what should be, staying inside. Missing the one, swimming against waves. Holding on, dreaming. Meeting new people, realizing more about yourself. Lack of understanding, traveling far away. Remembering the folks you used to know, staring up at the stars above. Letting time pass you by, memories.
Wess Meets West
Wess Meets West
Wess Meets West infuse elements of Electronic Music and Post Rock to blend otherworldly soundscapes. They have been featured in Paste Magazine, Electronic Musician magazine, Premier Guitar, NPR Morning Edition, CBS, Wrangler, ESPN's X-Games and most recently, Spotify's Deep Focus Playlist which has over four million plays. Wess Meets West has been labeled as a “Top Ten Bands from CT You Need to Know” and a “Top Up-And-Coming Connecticut Bands to Check out in 2016.”

"Wess Meets West labels its own music as “defiantly optimistic,” which is as good a description as anything I can come up with. There’s another pretty good word for it, too: “beautiful,” in an unabashed, even romantic way. For all its complexity, Wess Meets West’s music is always emotionally direct, honest, and engaging. It’s music for taking a long trip in a fast car to a part of the country you’ve never seen, for standing on a high peak — even, dare I say it, for falling in love, like you can only at the end of summer." - Brian Slattery (New Haven Independent)
Violent Mae
Violent Mae was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership. The self-titled debut initially released in 2013 garnered national attention and was re-released early in 2015 when it hit college radio riding a wave into the Top 100 for 6 weeks on the CMJ Radio chart.

Kid is the sophomore release from Connecticut based duo Violent Mae. Rising out of Becky Kessler’s guitar driven songwriting and multi instrumentalist, Floyd Kellogg’s production style, the record is a document of a band coming into its own. The duo create a dynamic fuzzy low-rock sound with opening tracks “In The Sun” and “In My Ring”. Guitars play both atmospheric and bass backbone parts while the drums take on melodious, yet driving roles throughout. Random found sounds captured during their self-produced recording sessions at a rural organic farm contribute to an eerie mood and become an integral part of the music. On title track “Kid”, they strip the music down to the barest of elements and Becky’s low reverberant vocals take the listener on an aching melancholic journey. A certain sadness permeates the record but the listener can always find a silver lining sense of warmth and strength. You get an air of adolescence and how fleeting anything of significance might be, including love. On “Flame”, Becky sings “better hold onto me tight / I’m ready to go / straight into the stars / we’ll blow them all away” and that’s an apt description of Violent Mae and their new record Kid. It builds to “Neon Halos”, a bold song about the feeling of helplessness connected to modern experience with sing along “oh oh well hell / oh oh well oh hell oh” and comes back down to the earth with the personal lament “Birthday.”
The Backyard Committee
The Backyard Committee
Hi there. We are The Backyard Committee. We’re a roots rock jam band based in the pizza capital of the world, New Haven, Connecticut. For our sound, we strive for a Europe ‘72 kinda warmth, a wild-mercury-flavored Blonde on Blonde intensity and a Bee Thousand-style recklessness. We’re not so into click tracks, samples, auto-tune or any kind of heavy processing. We are into loose arrangements and slightly out-of-tune guitars.
Our lineup changes from one show to the next, by design. Each member is encouraged to add his or her personal voice to the mix. The human element is very important to us, and we’d rather make mistakes in the pursuit of something out of reach than play it safe.
We exist for fellow music nerds who don’t like over-editing — on the records we enjoy most, the mistakes are our favorite parts.
We’re from New England, and we think the sound of our geography comes across in our music. We love where we live, and it’s part of who we are.
Our favorite shows to play are outdoor festivals, extended club dates and secret psychedelic parties in the woods.
We encourage tapers to record all of our shows and post them on our new Archive.org page. All our studio recordings are available for high-quality download on our site (for free).
Two Humans
"This week in my Local Spotlight I wanted to highlight a band that I found opening for Transit at the University of New Haven this past semester that really stood out to me. It was a high energy and quirky trio that went by the name of Two Humans; an alt rock group hailing from Wethersfield,CT. I was quickly introduced to the group as they began their set one frosty February night. They chose to set up their equipment on the floor rather than the stage to get very up close and personal with the crowd. Lead singer Jason Rule was running around the floor like it was lava, his energy was just unreal. I was hooked; the fact that they brought such excitement and liveliness to an otherwise dead crowd that night, you could not help but give them that energy back. Though I went into their set not knowing a single song, I was dancing and grinning along the whole time. They’re the kind of opening act that you HAVE to look up when you get home because you can’t get their songs out of your head."

FFO: algernon cadwallader, ac/dc, and the United States of America
BIO courtesy of Music Sushi
Heavy Breath
Heavy Breath have been kicking around the CT scene since early 2010. Performing an experimental brand of hardcore rock n' roll influenced by artists like Refused, 108, Queens of the Stone Age and Cave In, Heavy Breath are notorious for their high-energy live shows. After years in the works, the band are excited to finally release their first full-length LP, Heavy Breath Jumps the Shark this Spring on Ear One Productions. Having taken a couple of months to unwind and plan for the future, the band is looking forward to their first show in four months and to being active in the days to come.
Ports of Spain
Ports of Spain
From the back of the bar, Ports of Spain instantly scan as a full band, so it's a shock to discover their mathy shoegaze-pop is constructed by just two musicians. Ilya Gitelman uses octave pedals and loops to play lead, bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, while Sam Carlson contributes vocals, keyboards and drums. Don't be fooled -- Ports of Spain are not another band that trades directionless loopy jazz odysseys for pure songcraft. Their equipment never gets in the way of their complex melodies. They write actual songs, consistently avoiding complication for the sake of complication. They juggle tons of ideas in every song, creating a noise that's consistently about to fall apart. That it doesn't is incredible by itself. Their brilliant songs may seem like a bonus under these circumstances, but don't underrate Ports of Spain. Even as these two guys spew chaos into crowded clubs, their songwriting is always there to remind you why a grounding in planned songcraft keeps so many of the best bands tethered to excellence. Ports of Spain belong in their company. Ports of Spain have played with bands like Tera Melos, Hospitality, Beach Fossils, Fang Island, Pissed Jeans, Pile, ONWE, Speedy Ortiz, Morning Teleportation, Kal Marks, and Solids.
Langosta
Hailing from South Windsor and Manchester, Connecticut, Langosta began in 2008 when bassist Stew Henderson and guitarist Matt Donovan began writing music together in the Henderson basement. Some of these first melodies would later evolve into songs on the Langosta Super Nature EP. After jamming with several different drummers over the next couple years, they added drummer Zack Abramo to the mix in 2010. From there, the trio began fleshing out the earlier melodies into full-length songs. With the addition of Gabe Sciarra on guitar in summer 2012, the band was complete and began playing live shows across Connecticut and Massachusetts under the name Super Nature while continuing to write and record the songs for their EP. Changing their name to Langosta, they released their first EP, the Super Nature EP, in March 2013. The 4-track EP represents the quintessential roots of Langosta’s music. Drawing on a heavy range of influences, Langosta attempts to weave together intricate melodies while keeping up the high energy that drives their music and performance. With a fan base that’s constantly growing, Langosta will continue to play shows in and around the area in the coming months, while working to record a full-length album to be released later this year.
Rusty Things
Formed in Jan 2012 Rusty Things started off strong with their debut EP "TEDEDITEDIT" in June 2012. Those 5 songs remastered plus seven new originals made up their first full length entitled "Wading Through the Waste", released in January 2013. With a sound of their own and a live performance as intense as any, Rusty Things is soon to be your favorite band.
The Morning on Fire
The Morning on Fire
After wrapping up their newest E.P "For me, For You" The Morning On Fire is back on the circuit, excited to return to the stage as they move into their fourth year of touring and recording. Adored for their energetic and emotional performances, its hard to imagine that anyone is having more fun then them. Watching them dance across the stage, you can see the sincerity running through their veins, producing a high that isn’t replicable by any modern drug. They come across as some sort of mad-scientist/punk rock hybrids, delivering their music with force. Their energetic fusion of indie and post-rock is a treat to experience: it is like nothing you’ve heard before and everything you’ve been waiting to hear. From sweeping valleys, to monumental peaks... quiet whispers to the loudest calls, The Morning On Fire creates a unique sound-scape and invites you to break from the norm and come along for a while.
Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine
Kyle Flynn and The Vespers Nine is an American indie rock band founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Kyle Flynn. It consists of Flynn, multi-instrumentalist and cousin John Flynn and Jared Dewick on drums and a rotating lineup of collaborators drawn primarily from the New Haven Ct indie music scene. They draw influence from bands such as: Elliott Smith, Nirvana, Bright Eyes, The Gas Light Anthem.
Venue Information:
The Space
295 Treadwell St.
Building H
Hamden, CT, 06514-4140
http://www.thespacect.com/