Chop Suey Presents: LOOP

Thursday, May 15 at 8:00pm

  • 21+
With Special Guests
Kinski // Fungal Abyss // DJ Explorateur & DJ Veins
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CHOP SUEY Presents

LOOP

Loop was formed in Croydon, London, 1986 by Robert Hampson (vocals/guitars) and partner Beki Stewart (Bex) on drums. After finding Glen Ray on bass, through an advert in Melody Maker, they began to perform live and were quickly signed to HEAD Records run by Jeff Barrett (Heavenly) who released their feedback-drenched debut 12” 16 Dreams.

Following line-up changes – the arrival of new drummer John Wills, new bassist Neil MacKay and James Endeacott on second guitar the band were to take a more primal rhythmic foundation captured on their impressive debut full-length Heavens End (1987).

The band managed to hypnotise all with their discordant trance-like spell which served as an antidote to the prevailing trend in British pop at the time – they resurrected the concept of loud out there-rock for a new era, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance, loosely influenced by bands such as The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The MC5, but retaining an avant-garde and experimental edge from Can, Faust, Neu!, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca and minimalist systems music, to name but a few. Live shows were revelatory, Loop, allowing LOUD as an constant descriptive term, they pushed PAs to the very edge of their existence, creating a sonic pummel not really experienced since.

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KINSKI

Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral. NME described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski have toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Black Mountain, and opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour. Most recently, the band has survived another Japanese tour with Acid Mothers Temple, and is back in Seattle working on a new record.

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FUNGAL ABYSS

Fungal Abyss is the psychedelic sister project of Seattle stoner metal heavyweights Lesbian. Fungal Abyss captures the band’s free-flowing improvisations under the influence of the sacred Teónanácatl mushroom, prized for centuries by Mesoamerican shamans for its perception-altering spiritual properties.

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DJ EXPLORATEUR (Distortions)

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DJ VEINS (Distortions)

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$15 // 8PM DOORS // 21+


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Seattle, WA 98122