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Wed Mar 4 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO - Win tix to Misterwives, Stars, The Preatures + more!
Wed Mar 4 |
STEDDY P
with DOM CHRONICLES, FAROUT, J BOMB, THE GREAT GRIGSBY, KIND DUB, SMOKY BARE, 3TWO
Wed Mar 4 |
CATCH LUNGS AFTER PARTY!
Thu Mar 5 |
KEVIN GARRETT
with ALBNY, NANOOK
Fri Mar 6 |
NEW MADRID
with BEST CREEPS
Sat Mar 7 |
PHIL.HARMONIQ
with MELODY LINES, FLYRANT, DROPTALK
Sun Mar 8 |
NO MORE EXCUSES
with HIGH TIDE LOW TIDE, THE NEWS CAN WAIT, THE COAST IS OURS
Mon Mar 9 |
BRING YOUR OWN VINYL NIGHT
Wed Mar 11 |
HAPPY HOUR BINGO - Win tickets to Tennis, Generationals, Temples + more!
Wed Mar 11 |
ECID
with MOONLIGHT GRAMMAR, EXTRA KOOL, MAD SCIENTISTS, SHOE (of Video Games), SHOCK AND DASH
Thu Mar 12 |
LOW CUT CONNIE
with THE GHOST OF JOSEPH BUCK, THE CUTTHROAT DRIFTERS
Fri Mar 13 |
DEEP CLUB LIVE PRESENTS:
with DREAM HIKE, LONE DANCER, OCCIDENTAL, RYAN SCANNURA, DJ DREW
Sat Mar 14 |
PUBLICIST UK
with IL CATTIVO, JOY SUBTRACTION
Sun Mar 15 |
SIGNS AND SIGNALS
with BENSON THE DOG, ZETA JUNE, WILD LOVE TIGRESS
Mon Mar 16 |
PEOPLE'S BLUES OF RICHMOND
with JOSH MOOREHEAD & THE GUESTLIST
Tue Mar 17 |
AVAN LAVA
with THUNDERTHIEF
Wed Mar 18 |
BRIGHT VIBES SHOWCASE FEATURING:
with FR3E, PHOCUST, JONNY GREENGO, MULATTIC, DJ GRAFFIK
Thu Mar 19 |
100 ONCES
with TRIPLIP, FACIAL, TODAY'S PARAMOUNT
Fri Mar 20 |
COLFAX SPEED QUEEN
with SHIII WHAAA, HOPE DEALERS
Sun Mar 22 |
THE TALBOTT BROTHERS
with ORBIT OK, LIAT, KIMBERLY OTTE
Mon Mar 23 |
MONSTER RALLY
with FLAMINGOSIS, RUMTUM, CRYSTAL GHOST
Tue Mar 24 |
BEN CAPLAN
with GHOST OF PAUL REVERE
Wed Mar 25 |
BEAT CONNECTION
with SHAPRECE
Thu Mar 26 |
J.O.B (JUS OVA BROKE)
with BULLHEAD*DED, 3TWO, EVERAI
Fri Mar 27 |
After Hurray For The Riff Raff...
Fri Mar 27 |
VALE OF PNATH
with IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN TIJUANA, ANCIENT COLOSSAL, THE DAWN CHOSE ORION, OF MAN AND MACHINE
Sat Mar 28 |
After Bad Religion...
Sat Mar 28 |
THE TAKE
with BOX
Tue Mar 31 |
ROBERT DELONG
Wed Apr 1 |
THE PREATURES
Fri Apr 3 |
RUBEDO
Sat Apr 4 |
BLACK PUSSY
with DEAD TEMPLE, CLOUD CATCHER
Tue Apr 7 |
SUNFLOWER BEAN
Fri Apr 10 |
TOMMY FREED & THE SOUND
Sat Apr 11 |
THE LYMBS
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Wed Apr 15 |
SAPIENT
Fri Apr 17 |
KNOX HAMILTON
Sat Apr 18 |
THE GIVING TREE BAND
Sun Apr 19 |
SIX O' CLOCK
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Fri Apr 24 |
OK GO (DJ SET)
Fri Apr 24 |
HOWLIN' RAIN
Mon Apr 27 |
STU LARSEN
with NATSUKI KURAI
Mon May 11 |
INTER ARMA
with YAUTJA, USNEA, PRISON DEATH
Sat May 16 |
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD
Sat May 23 |
TRUE WIDOW

Wed Jun 25 | Lost Lake Presents | 21+

EMA  

MAS YSA

Doors open at 8 PM   |   Show starts at 9 PM   |   $12 ADV | $15 DAY OF SHOW





Having teased us with a new track ‘Satellites’ last month, released to rave reviews and scored Pitchfork’s Best New Music who said “The most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most”, EMA returns with her highly anticipated second album The Future’s Void, released on 7 April via City Slang.

Erika M. Anderson first graced the limelight under the guise of EMA in May 2011, when the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released to a multitude of acclaim. After having spent time in the California underground fronting the genre-defying cult duo Gowns with Ezra Buchla, Past Life Martyred Saints offered a deeper glimpse into the world of EMA. An absorbing and ambitious masterpiece that revealed a unique and feed-backed noisy guitar style, a skill for visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos, it showcased a distinctive sonic signature that sounded like nothing else around.

If Past Life Martyred Saints was an inward exploration of human relationships and their toll, The Future’s Void catapults them out into space, both thematically and musically. The album meditates on universal themes of how we interact with the wider world and how that interaction is increasingly modified by technology. Through collaboration with Leif Shackelford on production duties, the sound of this record reflects these themes and instead of using electronics to create a polished, airless environment, Anderson’s techno-future thrashes strongly between harsh tones and paranoia, to beautiful colour bursts and mellow guitar strums.

Lyrically, Anderson tries to answer the question so often put to her during the last round of press and interviews: “How does it feel?” to be pushed through a media vortex and back. The answer is of course, complicated. On ‘3Jane’ she seems plaintive and introspective, with lyrics about visuals and consent that are even more poignant in the age of posted YouTube assaults, bullied teen suicides and revenge porn. On ‘Neuromancer’, an electronic punk rant with analog synths and machine drums, she rages, and explores the implications of building an online database of all your pictures and information. “It’s basically an AI (artificial intelligence)” she says. And it’s not just those in the media spotlight who have them, it’s all of us.

This is where Anderson has always excelled, in taking the chaos and angst of the modern age and making it relatable. While sonically The Future’s Void is a big step up and out, lyrically it’s in a similar vein to Past Life Martyred Saints, with EMA herself laying bare, cracking sly jokes, and making the nuances of her story seem like ours as well.

“I realised that we were all kind of building these AIs, whether intentionally or not, and how the data we post online is parsed by programs that see patterns in our behaviour that we fail to see ourselves; how and where and what we eat, status reports that reveal our moods, our shopping habits, who we date and who we stalk, where and how we spend our money. Literally, they know more than you do about the things that you do. And that’s just the data we give up willingly, to say nothing of what is taken surreptitiously.”

The opening track “Satellites” was written before the current NSA scandal and hints at a more nostalgic paranoia, in drawing current parallels to the dream of the former Soviet “satellite” countries, where “everyone has equal access but is also under constant surveillance”. Musically the track hints at a further emboldened EMA, without forgoing the industrial-noise and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date, as well as introducing analog modular synths into the mix.

As well as EMA pulls off these topical and outspoken tracks, she’s still got a knack for a classic pop tune as heard on the likes of ‘So Blonde’, with its hooky grunge riff and playful lyrics about “generic and specific cool blonde kids, maybe you knew one in high school or college or at a party at 5am in your 20s”. Similarly, the catchy ‘When She Comes’, a nostalgic paean about a teenage Riot Grrl friendship. Along with ‘Dead Celebrity’, these tracks are at odds with the more abrasive and electronic likes of ‘Solace’ and ‘Cthulu’, the latter climaxing with a Gary Numan ‘Are Friends Electric’ style breakdown that sounds like nothing Erika has produced before. Despite moving towards electronic sounds, the machines are mostly played live and they often possess aDIY ‘first take best take’ aesthetic that rails against the carefully constructed and glistening sheen of the digital age. This punk spirit maintains a spontaneity that is all too often lost.

“This record is the sound of resistance to digital commodification” Erika explains. “I naturally gravitate towards hooks and melodies and in some ways, the structure of these songs is the poppiest yet. The harshness and production strikes a balance with that so they don’t sound like they could be on adverts.”

So, The Future’s Void means the future IS void? Or the void that belongs to the future? According to Anderson, both work.

Either way, The Future’s Void is a record that seeks to deal with the fact that certain ideas that once seemed futuristic are now the norm, while also trying to sidestep a lot of the musical tropes that come along with exploring technology. It straddles the ugly and animalistic, the pretty and civilised, the digital and the analog and the past and the present, resulting in a timeless and yet timely piece of work. And like any great punk record, it questions social convention and rebels against the status quo.

EMA continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to send her back into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

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