Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero Nightclub present…
An Evening of Post-Punk and Dark Indie Rock
The Foreign Resort
The Bellwether Syndicate
Chicago (featuring William Faith of Faith and the Muse)
With special guests UZZA
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Doors 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+
241s first hour after doors
FREE entrance to club night with concert ticket
Tickets $12 advance, online at Brown Paper Tickets beginning 9/14 at noon
$15 at the door
15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Videos and bios below the fold…
The Foreign Resort
Bio from www.theforeignresort.com
Sonically expressive, dark and moody, catchy and up-beat are words to describe this Danish group that mixes 80s New Wave with explosive Post Punk.
Hailing from Copenhagen, The Foreign Resort has intricately balanced an international sound with songs that instill contradictory feelings of melancholy and bliss. The band takes the audience on a journey through passages of textured layers with haunting and dreamy vocals, to echoes and pulsations of overdriven guitars, powerful drumming, driving bass, and intense thematic melodic lines. The end result is an aural rollercoaster of emotional intensity.
Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in booking over 150 shows – most of them in the US as well as showcases at Spot Festival 2010, SXSW 2012, Iceland Airwaves 2012 and CMJ Music Marathon 2011 & 2012. This enabled them to develop a wider fan base, as well as becoming part of the burgeoning noise pop scene – evident through rotation, interviews, and live performances at radio stations throughout the US as well as in Europe.
Other international bands have also welcomed them on their tours such as A Place to Bury Strangers and Swervedriver. In December 2011 they were handpicked by The Raveonettes as supporting act on their tour of Denmark.
In November 2011, The Foreign Resort released their sophomore, self-titled E.P. in Europe on afmusic and in the US on Monolathe Recordings.
From the moody and emotional “Heart Breaks Down” to the sonic assault in “Orange Glow” and the upbeat, fan-favorite “Take a Walk” – this E.P. clearly showcases their influences of growing up listening to the likes of Joy Division, The Cure, NIN, and My Bloody Valentine. The group describes this E.P. as a large leap in growth as a band and in their sound.
This growth led to the production of Scattered & Buried, which was released worldwide on September 25, 2012 (Monolathe Recordings) – S&B continues the sonic assault with new material, a collection of remixes by Sway and Novachild, and re-makes of previously released material.
The Foreign Resort has just finished recording their next full-length album produced by John Fryer (Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails).
The Bellwether Syndicate
Bio from www.thebellwethersyndicate.com
Released in 2013, The Night Watch is the debut EP from The Bellwether Syndicate, a group of Chicago-based operatives of the sonic avant-garde, intent on speaking truth to power with a sharp tongue.
Fronted by veteran artist William Faith (of Faith and the Muse) and Sarah Rose (aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah), The Bellwether Syndicate are, as illustrated by their debut, coloring outside of prescribed genre lines, choosing here to push the boundaries of style and substance into something relevant and vital.
Kicking it all off is “All Fire,” casting the band as prophets of the descent, with a vocal call to arms for the disaffected and downtrodden, all set to a combustible blend of sharp synths, droning dark-indie guitars and a glam-slam beat. The EP’s title track, “The Night Watch,” takes it up a notch, moving on from stoking dissenting fires to documenting and outing the corruption of our modern institutions, heeding the call to “become the media,” broadcasting seeds of hope and change on the late-night wind, over a dynamic and driving blast of post-punk sound and fury. “101: Go” is a hedonistic romp through the glory of live rock and roll as we all know and love it — hard, fast and visceral; this is the soundtrack to getting ready to go out for the night, doing your hair in the mirror with a wry grin, knowing that you’ll be coming home spent, sore, and infinitely richer for the experience, all wailing riffs and pulsing beats to make the point, with Faith’s voice moving from a sexy croon to commanding scream just in case you didn’t get it. “Translucent” eases the tempo via a lush landscape of cascading shoegaze guitars, slinky bass lines and shuffling drums, with an introspective lyrical turn by William on love and the human condition, never quite sure of what someone else sees in us, and striving to be deserving of such gifts. The EP closes with “You Can See Through Me,” a shimmering slice of pure dream-pop featuring the haunting vocals of Sarah Rose, evoking an atmosphere of love letters written on perfumed paper, while bright, crystalline melodies chime away en route to the big finish of this fragile but beautiful moment.
The Night Watch boasts rich production and pristine sonics, produced by The Bellwether Syndicate, recorded by William Faith at his Zone øStudio, mixed by Chicago’s New Canyons and mastered by Adam Stilson at the duo’s Undertone facility in the Windy City.
While the music is written and recorded by William and Sarah, the live show features collaborators Philly Peroxide (keyboards/percussion) and Mike Skull (bass). The Bellwether Syndicate present a powerful and commanding live performance, where the sound and substance of the recorded work truly comes to life; where the art is made whole by the audience — and this is a band that knows how to connect with its audience: not a typical fan base, but an engaged and invested network of family and familiars spanning the globe.
With a handful of well-received live shows in their wake, The Bellwether Syndicate are currently beginning production on the video for the song “The Night Watch,” which will be followed by some touring, and a new recording project on its’ heels.
Are you on The Night Watch?
Bio from ReverbNation
The history of UZZA is essentially the history of lead singer Tabatha Predovich and guitarist Rich Patterson, who have been writing and performing together since meeting in Detroit back in 2001. At that time, Tabatha was fronting a popular rock outfit called Radium. Meanwhile, Rich Patterson was leading a band called The Resonators when Tabatha tapped him to join Radium. By the time 2004 rolled around, Radium had transformed itself into UZZA. Shortly thereafter Tabatha and Rich relocated to Minneapolis where they resurrected the band in 2009. Since then, the band has played scores of shows all over the Twin Cities, entertaining crowds with an eclectic musical mixture of Brit-pop and post-punk influnces. In January, 2012, UZZA released their inaugural effort, “Samsara” – a 10 song album of original music that showcases their songwriting prowess and deft musicianship. The current members include guitarist Chris Ginther, bassist Geoff Maas and drummer Mike McDonald. Together with Tabatha and Rich, they create a sound and a live experience that’s exciting, evocative and unforgettable.