Chicago Psych Fest V: Five Levels Of The Experience

Chicago Psych Fest V: Five Levels Of The Experience

Verma, Mako Sica, Energy Gown, Crown Larks, The Humminbird, DJ: Dawn Aquarius

Thu, January 23, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

Verma
Verma
"...Tranced out, drone-y, repetitious, atmospheric psych with some Hawkwind-esque synth textures over the top. Dare we compare them to an instrumental hybrid of Can and Hawkwind? We dare." - Lance Barresi, Permanent Records
Mako Sica
Mako Sica
Mako Sica is a trio featuring Przemyslaw Krys Drazek on guitar and trumpet, Michael J. Kendrick on drums and Brent Fuscaldo on vocals, guitar, and various percussion. The words Mako Sica come from a Sioux Lakota Native American term meaning "land bad."

Their music grows out of a city from which artists (past and present) including Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra push their music to the outer limits of definition. Traces of Ennio Morricone and prog rockers Soft Machine can also be found in their music. What all three members have in common is an early discovery of punk. The ethos of American underground DIY labels such as Dischord and Constellation had a lasting impression on their approach to making music.

Both Drazek and Kendrick were in the Chicago-based band Rope, who released several records on the Family Vineyard imprint before disbanding in 2006. Drazek's unmistakable, atmospheric guitar/trumpet sound and Kendrick's found percussion had taken on a new direction the following year. The addition of Fuscaldo meant keeping the cinematic, lengthy compositions and incorporating groove, deeply rooted in American Blues.

The voice is used here as an operatic instrument, and often the language being sung is indecipherable. There are rarely, if any words, used as lyrics. While distant and echoed, his voice comes through with strong and hearkening Eastern intonations, as well as South American influence. For percussion, Kendrick brings in sheet metal, mixing bowls, wind chimes, bottle caps, among other found objects. Drazek toured in Europe with his Poland-based hardcore band Krzyc before moving to the US. Since then, he has developed a distinct guitar style. With a sound drenched in delay, his low bass rumbles beneath the surface and the piercing treble of his slide guitar evokes whale sounds. His African-style fretwork and flourishes are hidden at times beneath effects and in rare moments, reveal themselves.

Since the band's inception in 2007, they've recorded for labels La Societe Expeditionnaire, Permanent Records, Plus Tapes, Chaos of the Stars and Slow Knife. In 2010, they performed on Radio M, a syndicated radio show produced in Chicago for National Public Radio. Todd Rittmann of US Maple recorded the band's debut full-length in 2009 (released in 2010). Essence is the band's second full-length slated for release on Oct 30, 2012, following a tour of the US West Coast which starts earlier that month. Check out our Shows page for a listing of dates and cities.
Energy Gown
Energy Gown
garage thump washed in eastern tinged, krautrock-coated nightmare psych...time-warping fuzz-soaked hallucinogenic experimental rock that's cheaper and more powerful than yr next tab of acid
Crown Larks
Crown Larks
Riding waves of noisy sludge and flashes of color out of a dank Chicago basement, Crown Larks burn through fuzzed out organ meltdowns, feedback hypnosis, trance-inducing lullabies, and manic space propulsion. Live shows meld eccentric structured songs with dynamic freakouts, heady drones, and jazz-influenced leads over pummeling grooves. Nomadic sax, clarinet, and flute, brainmelted guitar, hushed whispers, damaged screams, warped percussion, volcanic organ and more caravan through territory charted by acts like Soft Machine, Suicide, Galaxie 500, Goat, Can, and Sun Ra
The Humminbird
The Humminbird
For a few years now, Muyassar Kurdi has been performing as the Humminbird. Even if you haven't seen her play, you've probably noticed her around town, with her long dark tresses, psychedelic tattoos, and gypsy adornments. Kurdi's "songs" are often chorusless mood pieces ruminating on family, past lovers, and the splendor of nature; she started out as a solo multitasker, combining vocals, harmonium, Autoharp, Raagini (an electronic substitute for the tanpura, which sitar players use as drone accompaniment), and a sea of effects pedals, but lately she's been working with other musicians, including Kyle Klipowicz (harmony vocals, percussion, flute) and Graham Stephenson (trumpet). A full cast of collaborators chimes in on her first cassette, Majesty of the Majestic, which was inspired by magical ladies such as Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval, Vashti Bunyan, and Selda Bagcan. On top of her music, Kurdi self-published a book of erotic poetry, Wet and Blessed, in September 2012; she's also had work appear in Curbside Splendor and The Logan Square Literary Review, and she's currently writing a novella. If that weren't enough, she also makes her own organic "Mother Earth Soap" (the latest batch is called "Summer of Love") using shea butter, tea tree oil, lavender, sweet orange, cypress, and the like. It's five bones per bar, and you can order by e-mailing muyassarkurdi@gmail.com.

—Steve Krakow

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com