The Bowery Ballroom
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks

Dustin Wong, Special Guest DJ: Edan

Mon, April 21, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$17 advance / $20 day of show

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Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
The power to mislead is a gusty, adventuresome force, and Slasher Flicks by name alone is not what it appears to be. Scrambled horror film soundtracks? Not even remotely. A bunch of East Coasters making their quintessential LA album? No, more like escape from LA, say leather masked guitar-wielding Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), knife-wielding keyboard player Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and the cannibal chief drummer and decaying grandfather Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon). If LA is an environment to get lost in, as they claim, this group sewing roots in SoCal have become lost in the best way: relocating and reinventing sounds they’re already skilled in making, sounds that as Avey Tare says, are not only regionally unrestricted but that “come from a place that’s not human.” In that, the Slasher Flicks’ music is rather monstrous, like the band’s love of horror comic books, and is audibly underpinned by Avey Tare’s constant dedication to garage music distorted by miscreant artifice: Arthur Lee’s LOVE, Misfits, and Cramps. Slasher Flicks’ inaugural release undulates like a mirage: beyond the sonic space it creates, the band hopes it expresses something more synaesthetic, what they call “pure emotional space.”

Slasher Flicks is uniquely its own “jazz power trio,” but does find lineage in Avey Tare’s history of collaborations outside of Animal Collective (i.e. Terrestrial Tones with Black Dice’s Eric Copeland). Having composed the bones of these eleven songs on acoustic guitar, Avey Tare invited Deradoorian, to create melodic lines to flesh them out. Then, enter Hyman, whose backgrounds in painting and music proved his rare combo of flexibility and acuity, “free but structured”. For Hyman, Slasher Flicks has been a fun challenge, in that it’s the first time he’s played without multiple drummers. Which makes sense while listening, because at times it sounds like he has ten arms drumming simultaneously. Pounding, danceable beats alternate with breezier percussion even if it’s “hard to play soft” as Hyman says. The softer beats create dynamic, especially in the sweet pop jam “Little Fang,” which the band describes as “clean guitars, soft everything and special smoke called ‘PYT’ blown into the tape machine shows off spirits conjured from sweeter worlds.” The spirit of Michael Jackson’s “PYT” was conjured for “Little Fang,” yet many of the other tracks also embody the true spirit of this particular collective: Avey, Deradoorian, and Hyman’s independent signature talents, collaged with openly acknowledged inspiration and influence, informs and sustains Slasher Flicks. One immediately recognizes Avey Tare’s singular vocal styles and guitar riffs, Deradoorian’s mellifluous singing and Eno-style modular synth moments, and Hyman’s enervated drumming, but Slasher Flicks is densely layered and textured with completely new tones, moods, and notes.

And it is oddly jazzy—not literally but gesturally, procedurally—funk-jazz, rather, with expanded moments built in and plenty of prog improvisation harkening back to touchstones Weather Report, Soft Machine, Herbie Hancock (Head Hunters), even early Hall and Oates (War Babies). In keeping with the jazz vibe, the band recorded live and used only minimal overdubs; the live sound is key to Slasher Flicks’ spooky dynamism. So while there are nightmarish moments peppering the lyrics and melodies, there’s a sense of renewal, transformation through constant flux. As the band says, “happiness is just around the bend.”
Dustin Wong
Dustin Wong
Dustin Wong is a Chinese/American guitarist formerly active in the art-rock band Ponytail and a former member of the experimental guitar duo, Ecstatic Sunshine (along with Matthew Papich). Wong's style is characterized by influences of surf rock, John Fahey. Wong was born in Hawaii and grew up in Japan (although he is half Chinese, half American). Together with Matt Papich he formed the duo Ecstatic Sunshine and released two albums. Wong left Ecstatic Sunshine in 2007 to fully focus on Ponytail and solo projects. Wong's first solo record is set for a June 2009 release on Wildfire Wildfire and is entitled Seasons. Wong published a second solo-album Infinite Love in October 2010. A 40-minute piece cut into 15 tracks and then re-done on a 2nd CD. This instrumental release appeared on Thrill Jockey. After releasing the record he went on tour in Europe. Although Dustin Wong had announced that Whartscape 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland would be the last Ponytail show, a new album was announced. The band released their third full-length album, titled Do Whatever You Want All The Time, in April 2011. However Ponytail broke up on September 22. 2011. Wong moved to New York and continued as a solo artist and published his third record in February 2012.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/