Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
August 22 2018
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• 21 AND OVER
Acoustic Tour West 2018
Six Organs Of Admittance
~Scott "Wino" Weinrich
Six Organs Of Admittance
-from San Francisco, CA
-In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic Six Organs of Admittance music since 2012's Ascent, Ben Chasny had a think about what he'd be saying in his own tongue for the first time in a half-decade. As ever, a head-full of ideas were driving him to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Burning The Threshold brings a wealth of Six Organs-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.
With a spacious acoustic soundstage, Burning The Threshold may actually more resemble 2011's Asleep on the Floodplain. Or it may more resemble Compathia, or School of the Flower. All of this is speculative, comparative, unverifyable - but our sense of what is true tells us that nobody plays acoustic music quite like Six Organs of Admittance, and that furthermore, nothing sounds so much like Burning The Threshold as Burning The Threshold.
Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing while thinking of Wallace Stevens, birds in the morning, anarchy, Third Ear Band, Gaston Bachelard, The Gnostics, Ronnie Lane and/or The Faces, Deleuze, Aaron Cheak, Odysseus, This Heat, Takoma Records, St Eustace, Dark Noontide and a HELL of a lot more than that, with all the thoughts affixed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infinite space.
The space radiates out from the album's first moment, with "Things As They Are", a song examining the life of poet Wallace Stevens. Ben's currently working on music for a theatrical work about Stevens' life set to debut in Cleveland later in 2017. The empathetic waves generated by this song resonate throughout the album, giving a new dimension to the music of Six Organs of Admittance.
Like so many other Six Organs records, Burning The Threshold was created mostly solo, but features the singing talents of Alex Nielsen, Haley Fohr and Damon and Naomi; the drumming of Chris Corsano; a guitar duet with Ryley Walker, and keys and mixing from Cooper Crain. With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. The gentleness found here, balanced on top of his classical asceticism, provides much of what we need in 2017 and beyond: love, forgiveness, reality and an ever-wider view, with the understanding of our circular path in this lifetime. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning The Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence.
Robert Scott Weinrich
-from Rockville, Maryland
-Wino has been putting his soul on the line for more than three decades with his unique brand of Sabbath-inspired Doom/Stoner rock.
Scott Weinrich, aka “Wino,” has been in the music industry since 1980—and, admittedly, he looks it. But despite his rich history—collaborations with Dave Grohl, stints with Saint Vitus, and Shrinebuilder—he’s not looking backwards. He’s weathered an ill-fated mid-‘90s dalliance with a major label and well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol. But he’s emerged recently with one of the strongest records of his career, Sacred, with his long-running group The Obsessed. Aside from raising his three children, he’s been given the chance to spend his entire life doing the thing he loves: making and performing original music with other tremendous musicians.
Scott- guitars, bass, all music and lyrics.
Help from Christopher- guitar/vocals, Rachel -bass.
-from Alhambra, CA
-Xasthur is a band that thrives on taking risks. From its early days of bleak and disturbing black metal up until the confrontational and dark acoustic folk blues music of today, it has always been a musical project that keeps people guessing.
Xasthur started in 1996 through Scott Conner’s desire to express the negativity in life to listeners. Over the span of a decade, he released eight albums and dozens of other releases through labels like Hydra Head Records. After putting the band to rest in 2010, Scott decided to change his musical style from black metal to acoustic folk and blues music and went on to start Nocturnal Poisoning. After a few years, Scott revived the Xasthur name in May of 2015 and now has a full band comprised of vocalist and second guitarist Christopher Hernandez, and bassist Rachel Roomian. This new reinvention of the band plays in the same vein of the style that was established with Nocturnal Poisoning.
Xasthur’s music today can be described as a fingerpicked barrage of notes with varying moods and tempos. From the faster songs that paint pictures of urban desperation to the slower songs that mold into moments of solitude and depression, Xasthur is a band that keeps audiences locked into a dreary state of mind that will not let go until long after the music has stopped playing. With songs that confront drug abusers, homelessness, and the misery of urban living, Xasthur’s music reminds us that the real nightmares are the ones we experience in everyday life..