J.R.: "Mark, wanna' play another full line-up Wrek show, but this time in a giant old cemetery?
Mark: "Um... sure."
Despite my involvement, I have a feeling this will be a pretty strong contender for memorable show of the summer:
drones grow and decay, forming waves of overlapping sound that evolve
into a gigantic roar of distorted guitar. Searing, disembodied howls and
pummeling drums signal a shift from mournful to harrowing as Robinson
and his ensemble lurch forward into the abyss." [Thrill Jockey]
Tickets available here
Robinson is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name
WREKMEISTER HARMONIES to explore the darkest corners of minimalistic
synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections he
creates. His Thrill Jockey debut, You've Always Meant So Much To Me
(slated for release on June 11) features a roster filled with the Windy
City's experimental metal elite, including SANFORD PARKER, BRUCE LAMONT
(YAKUZA, BLOODEIST), JEF WHITEHEAD aka WREST (LEVIATHAN), MARK
SOLOTROFF (ANATOMY OF HABIT), JAIME FENNELLY (MIND OVER MIRRORS), FRED
LONBERG-HOLM, and more. WREKMEISTER will be celebrating the release of
the record by performing You've Always Meant So Much To Me in its entirety on June 22nd at the Bohemian National Cemetery of Chicago, where ROBINSON will be joined by the musicians that perform on the record.
Opening will be ACTEURS, an unexpected newcomer of sorts comprised of
BRIAN CASE (DISAPPEARS, THE PONYS, 90 DAY MEN) and JEREMY LEMOS
(WHITE/LIGHT). Their self-titled debut released this past February is
brimming with razor-sharp synth trance-outs and eerie darkness that will
create a perfect cemetery soundscape. The NUMERO GROUP's ROB SEVIER
will be DJing between acts.
event will take place near the Mausoleum at the south-east corner of
Pulaski and Bryn Mawr. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and WREKMEISTER
HARMONIES set will begin at 9:30, one hour after sunset. This is a
one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed!
Here is a list of performers who will be playing with Mr. Robinson the night of the show: Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Ron DeFries (Indian), Dylan O’Toole (Indian), Eric Chaleff (Bloodiest), Mark Solotroff (Anatomy Of Habit), Sanford Parker (Corrections House), Jaime Fennelly (Mind Over Mirrors), Anne Patterson, Esther Shaw, Chanel Pease