Drag City Record Release Party for


AXIS:SOVA, Trin Tran

Thu, December 6, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets Available at the Door

AZITA - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Local pianist and singer Azita wrote the songs on her terrific new album,Year (Drag City), for a 2006 musical of the same name by Brian Torrey Scott, who'd also enlisted her to create music for his 2005 play Detail From the Mountain Side. In the theatrical version of Year, Azita and guitarist Emmett Kelly occupied a corner of the stage, alternately functioning as a kind of Greek chorus and as the voices of certain characters. Her lyrics (Scott also wrote a few) confront their themes—in this case loss, change, and time—much less directly than is typical in musicals, which tend to spell things out clearly. For the recording Azita is joined by an excellent band—guitarist Sam Wagster, bassist Toby Summerfield, and drummer Adam Vida—that makes the exquisite melodic density of her music easier to parse than it was on her 2011 solo album,Disturbing the Air. The songs are supercatchy and elegantly constructed, filled with harmonic complexities and unexpected twists that put her in the company of classic pop songwriters such as Laura Nyro and Burt Bacharach, who also set rock melodies amid jazz-grade harmonies and chord changes. Stylistically she's never covered such a broad range: "Something That Happened" is reggae (with an extended dub interlude by Tortoise's Dan Bitney), "Out and Around" is a delicate piano ballad, and "Ice" is rollicking pop. It's never possible to get too comfortable in any of the genres she visits, though—her reedy voice and willfully disruptive phrasing keep you on edge in the best possible way. For tonight's show Azita is joined by Wagster, Vida, and bassist Nick Macri (Summerfield moved to Virginia earlier this year). —Peter Margasak
AXIS:SOVA - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
The muggy haze of the AXIS:SOVA sound is pollinated by nomadic, modal guitar tones, accompanied by a Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger. Described as “beautifully junky, skewed surf-rock as projected through a rust belt prism, complete with hummable hooks and scorching guitar pyrotechnics" (The Decibel Tolls) and "eerie and beautiful, dark and buoyant" (Adhoc), AXIS:SOVA is the nom de plume of guitarist Brett Sova. Weight Of A Color is the debut full-length LP from this solo jammer, just out on Kill Shaman Records.
Trin Tran - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Trin Tran
Steve Coombs is Trin Tran, the Madison solo artist who simultaneously plays keyboard, drums and guitar. His music is quirky and angular synth-pop with an art-punk edge and his electronic style has a personal quality feeds off of moods and body motions that only exist in real space and time.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642