Spirit in the Room, Of the Dark I Dare, Drug, The Great Sadness

The Satellite Presents

Spirit in the Room

Of the Dark I Dare

Drug

The Great Sadness

Wed, September 13, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

$6.00

This event is 21 and over

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Spirit in the Room
Spirit in the Room
"So…Spirit In The Room are really pretty special. Occupying that weird and wonderful space between late 60s LA, The Doors, the Manson gang, EST, Hawkwind, Spiritualizedand how the fog used to hang around Stonehenge when I was a kid, their sound is fuzzy and warm to the ear but with a really deliciously malevolent touch…really great stuff…"
-Steffan Charizi (editor of Metallica's So What! magazine)
Of the Dark I Dare
Of the Dark I Dare
Drug
Drug
Forget everything you think you know about California’s high desert – all the second-hand tales of psychedelic epiphanies and Gram Parson’s romantic death in some hotel room up here, as if any of it matters. The desperate need to “hit your re-set button” only admits guilt in a true robot masquerading in flesh and blood. Oh, and forget finding yourself… The desert will make you feel more lost than an old sock.

As evasive as the true nature of the desert’s grand vacuum may be, there is simply nowhere else a group like DRUG could exist.

DRUG throws any pre-conceived notions of “desert-sound” so far out the window, into that dark part of the dirt road where your eyes play tricks and your mind panics while beckoned further into this hypnogogic paralysis. You may even be initially reluctant to realize that this is the true untouchable sound of the desert, with all of its heat, sandstorms, tweakers, waywards, Walmart-zombies at 3am, the constant battle with oneself. “DRUG, in a nut shell, is the juxtaposition between this isolation and insular bubble that it thrives in and trying to portray it all to the masses.” says singer Cristie Carter, who also operates the trio’s fourth member – the tape machine, which gives the group it’s ghostly, swirling heartbeat.

Once the sun goes down, Cristie dons her black cape, though she knows good and well that it’s not Halloween. “The battle of dark and light is constant and once I hit the stage the cape protects me from negative light. It allows me the power to express the fight & the battles within, but I am not fucking Batman,” she says.

Every song on DRUG’s debut self-titled LP (Ghost Of Future Records) is pure Lynchian cinematic splendor in its own right, each one reading like its own kiss-off to invasive personifications of mediocrity. The album’s opener, “Death Board #9” is the group’s clear initiation ritual, where we first hear the tape loop, spiraling what sounds like a sample of an upside-down orchestra nearly out of control were it not for drummer Theo’s experimental-jazz sprinkling, before a sinister, more subdued variant of the Peter Gunn-theme propels the song forward, played by group mastermind Jamie Hafler (who plays a guitar-bass combo ax simultaneously). Cristie then quickly makes her presence known, hammering down her theatrical command, “TAKING ALL HER CHANCES ALWAYS READY TO DIE!!!,” sounding like Betty Davis or Joan Crawford at their most unhinged rather than your go-to Siouxie Sioux.

You could call DRUG post-punk, but then you would also have to call them post-surf, post-jazz, post-exotica, post-prog, post-kitsch… Safe to say, you can go ahead and call them kind of sketchy. Just don’t go around telling everyone back in the city, cause then you’ll be sketchy too.
The Great Sadness
The Great Sadness
Los Angeles CA based band consisting of members
Stephen McNeely (drums)
Cathy Cooper (guitar/vocals)
Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/