Thursday, October 20, 2005

ancient animals

Its been a long road for Celebration. First it was the Birthday Party-esque Jaks, which has been lovingly repackaged over at 31G. Then came Love Life, which had releases on Jagjaguwar and Troubleman. A brief spell as Birdland. And now, Baltimore has birthed Celebration and they are signed onto legendary 4AD.

Their debut LP has cut many of the gothic roots of their past, but still maintains a dark shroud of sound. Like Siouxsie Sioux fronting Laika. A stripped down, nearly dubby feel has sunken around the disc and leaves lots of space for sounds to echo and exist on their own. Other places a post-punk no-wave feel bleeds in, with flavors of the best of the female fronted past of the genre: ESG, Bush Tetras, Au Pairs, Rip Rig & Panic, Slits. Elsewhere, a dark lounge Quintron blues fills a smoky batcave. An impressive debut. On tour right now with Calla.

20 - The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
21 - Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
22 - Dour Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
23 - Media Club, Vancouver, BC
24 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA
27 - 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
28 - Gardner Main Hall @ Grinnell College, Grinnel, IA
29 - The Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
30 - Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
31 - Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH

01 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
02 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ONT
03 - Main Hall, Montreal, QUE
04 - The Middle East (upstairs), Cambridge, MA
05 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY

Celebration - War
Celebration - New Skin

Jaks - Carnation


At 11:11 AM, Blogger "Betty" said...

thanks for the heads-up on a new band i hadn't heard of...and on 4AD...i'm excited! great blog...

At 12:08 AM, Blogger erik said...

sounds like PIL combined with the spooky jazz music that they played in old spiderman cartoons when spiderman traversing some cave with a bad tape loop for minutes at a time.

that music gave the me the creeps when i was 6.


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