Saturday, June 15, 2013

Next Saturday (6/22) - Wrekmeister Harmonies

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:

"Reflective 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
J.R 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.

The 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