Thursday, December 9, 2010

Violens, Light Asylum and Caveman live Saturday

PopGun & Prefix present: Violens, Light Asylum, and Caveman
Saturday, December 11, 2010
7:00 PM 18+


Hot off the heels of a tour with MGMT, the off-kilter dream pop trio Violens are poised to make waves with their new LP Amoral, their first full-length release. The album is their most refined take on a sound they have been workshopping since forming three years ago, a droney, shoe-gazey landscape populated by melodies that take influence from 60's rock and no-wave. Think Sonic Youth and The Zombies brawling at a Secret Machines concert; elements of the cynical and sinister morph the approachable pop foundation. The band has also played alongside Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter and Bat For Lashes, and has remixed tracks by Washed Out, The Very Best and MGMT.


Originally known for her work backing artists like TV On The Radio, TK Webb, Telepathe and !!!, Shannon Funchess is now frontwoman of the show-stealing post-punk dance duo Light Asylum. Along with experimental sound artist and producer Bruno Coviello, formerly of Astor and Cove Brothers, she weaves haunting darkwave tapestries bolstered by an electric drum pad, backing tracks nodding to the minimalistic soundtrack music of the 80's, and full-bodied baritone vocals.

The five generously talented members of Caveman have cultivated an extraordinary chemistry, allowing them to create remarkably cohesive Americana grooves propelled by layers of shoegaze-inspired effects. The underground music scene has high expectations of the group, which features members of pop outfits Elefant and the Subjects, and they continue to win over crowds with each outing. WNYC and The Fader have both endorsed the band’s keynote track “Decide,” and Paper Trail called their performance, “pretty tight, polished set that would stop you in your tracks on Bedford Avenue if you heard it coming out of a record shop.”

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