Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Salem to haunt the house

S!ck presents
Mainstage: SALEM with Lil Ugly mane, Shams, DJ's Aaron K, Becka Diamond, XMOFOX, MDMA Arthur and Cool Hand Luke (downstairs level included)
Downstairs ($5 cover does not include mainstage): Ghxst, Black Hearted Diamond Boy, Blissed Out, Gospels, Food Stamps
Saturday, March 19, 2011
9:00 PM 18+
(MAINSTAGE) TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE and at Other Music (15 East 4th St, Manhattan)


Salem's founding member John Holland told Dazed and Confused, "I feel inspired musically when I see a large burning fire in the middle of the forest, smoke and fog, large waves and expansive bodies of water. But our birthplace is the woods, so that remains a part of us." Though the scant lyrics in the band's music are often obscured by gusts of haunting production, but the primary invocations of the paranormal, dark, and the isolated parts of the human here are startling vivid; the band's mythic history with drugs, depression and prostitution are merely inferred. Their beats are slow, menacing takes on inner city club music, house, dub, crunk and juke. Holland and his partners Heather Marlatt and Jack Donoghue share production and vocal duties, with neo-Romantic melodies infiltrating synth sounds from new wave and industrial electronica, all filtered through the band's close personal bond and profoundly dark worldview. Cokemachineglow extolled their 2010 debut full-length King Night, saying, "Salem evokes the seismic thrill of a good Gucci drop alongside all of Nico’s ghostly beauty within the very framework and timbre of their productions. The result is no less than one of 2010’s most exciting debuts."

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