Monday, October 10, 2011

On 10/8 we added 5 more acts to our upcoming Dec 3rd BIG DAY IN including Cleveland's HotChaCha (who gave another insane performance on Sunday), The Sidekicks (Red Scare : Northeastern, OH), Band Name from Philly, local favorites why+the+wires, and last but certainly not least Algernon Cadwallader! They've been on our wishlist for a while now and we couldn't be happier they were able to join this great line-up.  If you're unfamiliar with the band, check them out here or here.  More info on the full line-up and links below:

BIG DAY IN - Saturday, December 3rd

Algernon Cadwallader (Hot Green : Philadelphia, PA)
Parts & Labor (JagJaguwar : Brooklyn, NY)
Summer People (Low Light : Binghamton/Syracuse/Ithaca, NY)
Sirs (Topshelf / Holy Roar : Purchase, NY)
HotChaCha (Exit Stencil : Cleveland, OH)
Megachurch (Cleveland, OH)
The Sidekicks (Red Scare : Cleveland, OH)
Band Name (Self Aware : Philadelphia, PA)
Shoppers (Syracuse, NY)
why+the+wires (Angry Mom Records : Ithaca, NY)
Kaboosh! (Ithaca, NY)

The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY 14850
12PM-10PM | $5 | ALL AGES

Welcome to the fifth Big Day In - Ithaca Underground's twice-a-year, all ages DIY fest sponsored by McNeil Music of Ithaca, Angry Mom Records, and The Haunt in Ithaca, NY.

Saturday, December 3rd will mark Ithaca Underground's fifth Big Day In - their twice-a-year, all ages DIY fest sponsored by McNeil Music of Ithaca, Angry Mom Records, and The Haunt in Ithaca, NY.  Each event is purposed to shed a larger light on the DIY music efforts in Ithaca and central NY by presenting great music from national, regional, and young Ithacan acts on one stage. Previous incarnations of the winter version of the event have involved the likes of Lemuria, Soul Control, Bridge Control, I Object, Like Wolves, Aficionado, among dozens more.

In addition to those mentioned above, this year's event boasts an excellent slathering of genres from noise-pop guru's Parts & Labor, the rowdy, folk-flecked indie-rock of central NY darlings, Summer People; high-energy and technically proficient punk from Sirs, the heavy stomp of psudeo-evangelical instrumentalists, Megachurch; blown-out noise-punk from Syracuse underground heroes Shoppers, and local young folk-punk upstarts, Kaboosh!.  Details & links below!

Algernon Cadwallader is Tank Burgman Peter Helmis, and Joe Reinhart, 3 friends from Philadelphia that grew up playing loud, sloppy, fun music.  Get ready for raw, mathy, melodic jams with plenty of emotion, that grew up on Cap 'n Jazz and Braid mixtapes, and are issued through three extremely proficient musicians. After a few touring setbacks due to broken body parts and classes, the band blew the doors off this year with a massive headlining US tour with friends Snowing and 1994!, immediately followed by a trek across the pond in August.

While in Europe, the band dropped their latest "Parrot Flies" - a flawless follow-up effort to "Some Kind of Cadwallader" with all the mathy drumming, beautiful guitar work, solid bass-lines you've come to love but, with a few more nods to the Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr. end of the spectrum in addition to the influences they've been paralleled to over the years. It's still raw as ever but with a bit more up-tempo and crunch that its predecessors. Good people making good music and good times.

Wow, this troop is blowing up something fierce this year.  They kicked the year off right releasing their stunning follow-up LP "Teamwork" and hit the road immediately. The gang hit the road hard in the summer & fall with their Ohio pals, HotChaCha - both of whom found time to come together a record a killer split aptly named "Do It".  They hit SXSW this year, BJ's fest again, and caught the attention of the fine folks at AP and Punknews on a regular basis.  Now, we've got them on their first IU show of 2011 (what, they've been busy!) and their first BIG DAY IN appearance.

Never heard them? Better fix that quick. 7 live members swinging guitars, bass, drums, additional percussion, male & female vocals, the occasional cello... all locked in with grooves, hooks, rowdy & dynamic composition, painstakingly intertwined melodies with an intensity that you know these guys used to play hardcore. This group stands tall on  their own sound among the scores of copy-cats and even above their own influences.

This is a blown-out amalgamation of punk, noise, electronics and indie-pop which has continued to evolve since their debut in 2003.  For those uninitiated, Parts & Labor have toured with the likes of Battles, Lightning Bolt, TV on the Radio, Melt-Banana, Deerhoof, Japanther, Matt & Kim, and dozens of others throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and other international expos. They're up to 5 LPs released in addition to three EP's - including their early collaboration with now ex-Battles member Tyondai Braxton. Founding members BJ Warshaw (aka Shooting Spires) and Dan Friel - whom you'll recognize from their previous IU solo performances - also founded Cardboard Records which has released efforts from Pterodactyl, Big Bear, Aa, in addition to their own material. Needless to say, we're ecstatic their formal Ithaca debut.

"Constant Future" is their latest and the career-defining statement from the Brooklyn-based noise-pop trio. The album delivers the essentials that made them sui generis totems of modern art-punk: synthesized keyboard riffs distorted into oblivion, percussion pummeled hypnotically, crackling drones that haunt and soothe, fearless melodies hollered skyward. Their previous LP, 2008's acclaimed "Receivers", saw Parts & Labor blasting off in all directions and creating collage art from hundreds of fan-curated samples. But fifth album Constant Future finds them crashing back to earth, focusing pointedly on what they do best: unique, electronic landscapes melded with buzzing, anthemic hooks. Parts & Labor have distilled the lessons and experiences of nearly 10 years as a band into a catchy, blown-out masterwork.

Maximalist engineer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Sleater-Kinney, MGMT) co-produced and mixed the album with P&L at his Tarbox Road Studios in Casadega, NY. A band already known for their dense, futuristic sound was ultimately transformed into something massive, beaming, downright nuclear. The album is the product of two years of vigorous writing and demoing which resulted in more than 40 songs. For the actual recording, Parts & Labor settled in a former boxing ring in Milwaukee to track the record themselves, with drummer Joe Wong leading the charge.

Over the album's 39 minutes, vocalists Dan Friel and BJ Warshaw steadfastly chronicle several whirlwind years of growth, taking lyrical cues from the artful work of their musical heroes (Sonic Youth, Lungfish, Fugazi, Wire). The pair weave tales of teeth-baring city-scapes, the anxiety of death, and the horrifying pitfalls of our nascent century. But, as their sunny refrains would imply, there's always a glimmer of hope, acceptance and love buried just beneath Parts & Labor's paranoid surface.

Hello, constant future...

Sirs is a four-piece punk band from upstate New York. Formed in 2009 after meeting at school, original members consisted of Justin Jurgens, Dave Benton, Kyle Seely and Hart Seely (also of Zona Mexicana). They released a six-song EP Vas Deferens in May of 2010. After a summer tour, Dave left the band and was soon succeeded by Mike Caridi. They then released a split 7" in December 2010 with Chalk Talk. Primary musical influences include The Band, Anti-Nowhere League and Electric Light Orchestra.

Since then, things have picked up a bit. They kicked of 2011 with a slick mini-tour with their pals in Cattle Drums and were last seen in Ithaca in January at the show that didn't happen. Their next tour with love friends Weird Korea took shape this past May and the band announced they'd signed with Topshelf Records (Castavet, Into It. Over It., Defeater, etc). Now it's fall and the fruits of their labor are upon us - a spankin' new 7" split with run, WALK! in collaboration with Holy Roar. Stoked to have them back on the upswing!

Simply smashing art-rock soaked in effects and a simply out of control live show. They dropped jaws at Ithaca Festival and then proceeded to nearly tear the roof off (or at least pull down the ceiling) at Culture Shock later that same evening. Check out their bio below for more (less?) specifics.  The quartet recently released a killer split with the aforementioned Summer People.

HotChaCha was forged in the center of a dying star somewhere in the M87 galaxie during 2007. They were first spotted by the Voyager 2 deep space probe outside the orbit of Uranus in their hot pink girl-powered spacecraft on a collision course with Cleveland, Ohio. Since touchdown on Earth, they have terrorized the Eastern half of the USA with their dark and swirling brand of interstellar indie jingle jangle. After two founding members were forced to return to their respective home planets to take up arms in their native militias, HotChaCha has only grown more formidable with the addition of a new high powered rhythm section, featuring now for the first time ever, a y chromosome. With two EPs and one long player under their skirt so far and a new LP gestating and due out on the business end of their birth canal this fall, HCC is poised for total planetary domination. They are taking their chaotic female-iggy fronted spectacle on a pleasure cruise this summer so hide your kittens and prepare for docking.

Judgement day is upon us. Huge, hook-filled riffs rain down from the heavens of the dual bass front via brother Mikey Baranick and brother Brian Michael Hill and thundering stomp provided by brother Dan Price. Vocals? Don't need them. The word of the almighty MEGA is conveyed through a library of televangelist samples. Riding a fire-breathing dragon down a fine line of fury, irony, and - wait... are they serious? - this is damn fine progressive/stoner heaviness that anyone can get behind.

We have these three out back in the summer of '10 with our pals Clan of the Cave Bear and I'm pretty sure we got the floor of CSMA to bend under the weight of all the movement. Since exploding out of the gate, MEGA dropped their second LP this past summer and have been kicking it on stage with the likes of Lightning Bolt, Keelhaul, Skeletonwitch, and plenty more.

Back in Ithaca for the first time since the Red Scare Tour of '09 with Cobra Skulls & The Menzingers. This Cleveland quartet caught the ears of Red Scare Industries while they were still teenagers, being heralded as "one of the most promising things to come outta Ohio since Play-Doh". And they did not disappoint, launching their label debut "So Long, Soggy Dog" in '08 and wearing influences like The Lawrence Arms, Against Me!, and Hot Water Music on their sleeve. Just a year later, the band's sophomore effort "Weight of Air" saw a more sophisticated band with broad instrumentation, mature songwriting, youthful energy, and some serious hooks. The album showed a bit more of a Midwest indie/punk vibe to it than its predecessor. An impressive second effort for a young band with truckloads of potential.  The band's latest, a split with Tigers Jaw on Shout Out Loud Prints dropped this past summer.

Syracuse's own Girl-Girl-Guy trio are pumping out some seriously blown-out noise rock jams. Like a bunch of DIY basement punks with a guilty pleasure for indie-pop trying to out noise all their Sonic Youth  and Dinosaur Jr. records.  These three have been steadily making a name for themselves in the underground with several tours, including their latest trek to the mid-west this September. They've also been involved with Lady Fest and featured in Maximum Rock n' Roll. No Facebook or MySpace for these folks so don't even start looking. However, they finally gave in and set up a bandcamp which is good news for all of us so we can check out all their tracks before picking up their cassettes & LP when they come through. The band will release their latest 'Silver Year' LP this September.

Back for an unprecedented THIRD Big Day In performance! Only, quite a bit earlier in the day than the last two so make sure you're up an at 'em.  Never heard/seen them? Where have you been, my dear?!  What we have here is one of the most dynamic bands in the Ithaca underground.  Waltzy, stompy beats with angular guitar, powerful sax lines, searing accordion, smooth bass lines, an honest vocals with plenty of melody but all rough around the edges as 'punk' music should be.

Dynamic and diverse mix of folk, punk, with nods of noise, Kaboosh! have been on of Ithaca's promising young acts for well over a year now. There's just two of 'em but there's drums, vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, distorted keyboard - plenty of instrument switching to keep each track unique but with the songwriting prowess to still sound like Kaboosh! They've performed locally with the likes of Pygmy Lush, Des Ark, Daniel Francis Doyle, Attic Abasement, Underground River, Jailbox, Team Grease, Mike (A)!, and more.