Monday, July 13, 2009


Flyer for Anatomy of Habit debut show on July 13, 2009

I hope that you can join me on tonight, as my band Anatomy of Habit will be playing our very first show, after an all-too-literal nine-month gestation period. The line-up for this event was carefully crafted by the Locrian guys and me, and we think it is a pretty powerful grouping of artists. And hey, a Monday night at the Empty Bottle? Free!

Anatomy of Habit - Pin Design


Monday July 13, 2009

The Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622

Doors: 9:00 PM
Show: 9:30 PM
Admission: Free


Anatomy of Habit

The Human Quena Orchestra

Pharmakon event link:
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Anatomy of Habit will play their debut show on Monday July 13th at The Empty Bottle. Anatomy of Habit was formed in October 2008, following the dissolution of the band Animal Law. Blake Edwards (metal percussion), Dylan Posa (drums), and Mark Solotroff (vocals) [all formerly of Animal Law] joined forces with Kenny Rasmussen (bass) and Greg Ratajczak (guitar) — the duo originally slated to engineer and produce Animal Law's abandoned debut album. The revitalized five-piece group spent the long and extreme winter of 2008-09 working on all-new material in their claustrophobic practice space on the border of Humboldt Park and Garfield Park in Chicago.

Anatomy of Habit - Photo Composite for Press

Left to Right:

Greg Ratajczak - Guitar (also of Plague Bringer)

Blake Edwards - Metal Percussion (also of Vertonen, ssseepage, Burrow, Series Founders, Crippled Insectual, ex-Animal Law)

Mark Solotroff - Vocals (also of BLOODYMINDED, The Fortieth Day, A Vague Disquiet, Nightmares, ex-Super Eight Loop, ex-Intrinsic Action, ex-Animal Law)

Dylan Posa - Drums (also of Dylan Posa and Three Cheers for One Dead Man, ex-Cheer Accident, ex-Flying Luttenbachers, ex-Brice-Glace, ex-Animal Law)

Kenny Rasmussen - Bass (also of Radar Eyes, ex-No Funeral)


Monday night's headliners, Chicago's droned-out black-metallers Locrian, return from their East Coast tour, in support of their critically acclaimed recent CD, "Drenched Lands" (At War With False Noise/Small Doses). That night will also mark the official release of the vinyl version of "Drenched Lands" as a luscious clear vinyl LP, housed in beautiful, letterpressed covers, printed at Chicago's own Dexterity Press, and released by BloodLust! The LP also includes a bonus 3-inch CD that was recorded at WLUW 88.7 FM on Philip von Zweck's Sunday night experimental show, Something Else, and it includes contributions from Velnias' Andrew Sherer and Anatomy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. Please note that the record is already sold out from the label, so the band's copies are likely among the last ones available. Also check with Reckless Records at 26 E. Madison St. and Permanent Records at 1914 W. Chicago Ave.


San Francisco's The Human Quena Orchestra return to Chicago mid-way through a full month of tour dates, in support of their second album, "The Politics Of The Irredeemable" (Crucial Blast). The band "sets a new standard in mechanistic darkness, creating a self righteous, umcompromising post-indistrial sound, reminiscent of early Swans, Bastard Noise, Jesu, Xasthur, The Locust, and Godflesh." ( Aquarius Records described their first album as, "one of the most devastating slabs of blackened post industrial ultra doom ever, an abject crawl through layer upon layer of impossibly thick downtuned buzz, massive walls of crumbling distortion, pounding percussion, we mentioned groups like Godflesh and Pitchshifter and Swans, as well as Moss and Bunkur, but even on that record, HQO were going somewhere darker, and deeper, heavier and way more extreme. Take those same bands and mix in some Whitehouse, some Khanate, diSEMBOWELMENT, Thergothon, Lustmord, HQO is the soundtrack to a descent into hell, or at least sounds exactly how we imagine that must sound."


Margaret Chardiet, who performs under the name Pharmakon, is a young New York-based noise artist who is gaining increased attention, based upon her spectacularly vehement live performances. Chardiet is a part of the vital Far Rockaway, Queens experimental-noise scene that includes such groups as Yellow Tears, Halflings, Teeny Bopper, Tension Fields, and more. This highly anticipated one-off show will mark her Chicago (and Midwest) debut and it promises to deliver a one-woman hailstorm of cold analogue electronic terror, both violently bewitching and pushing the boundaries of the darkest death-industrial music. Via BloodLust!, Pharmakon will have a limited edition CD EP on hand that night, created especially to further introduce Chicago show attendees to her music. This is a one-time pressing of 100 copies.