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.
Tuesday April 16
8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
••• ALL AGES
$10 in advance / $12 at the door
experimental pop post-post-rock shoegaze
shoegaze dream pop
Manuel Joseph Walker
-from San Bernardino, CA
-San Bernardino, California is known for its high crime and poverty rate. Behind that lies a hidden gem, an ambitious musical wunderkind, seeking to break out from all of that. Meet Manuel Joseph Walker, a 20-year old from the slums of a broken city, crafting sophisticated & shimmering Jangle-Pop out of his bedroom, with two records under his belt, both met with high acclaim among the Bandcamp community & other various Youtube taste-makers, Truths (2015) and Silence (2017). Reminiscent of bands like Prefab Sprout, The Smiths, & The Cry, and recognized as part of a growing movement of young Mexican-American indie musicians, Walker paints his own world with Foliage, writing all of the music, playing all of the instruments, singing all of the vocals, and engineering his records all by himself. Foliage began at the age of 16, when Manuel was still in high school. Now at the beginning of his 20s, Walker has matured from Southern California DIY mainstay to International bedroom pop wizard. The result is a blend of well-thought 80's guitar pop, propelled by J Dilla/Nujabes inspired drums: the two aforementioned being Manuel's favorite producers and some of his biggest influences. With his newest record, 2018’s III, Walker has delivered his finest and most complete work yet: a personal and thorough snapshot of fleeting youth and self-love. Manuel Joseph Walker has proven himself as Foliage, and is set to be one of the hardest working musicians in indie-rock today.
-from Oakland, CA
-Perhapsy is the solo project of musician/graphic-artist Derek Barber, guitarist and songwriter of Bay Area-based groups Curls (Christopher Owens of Girls), Astronauts, etc., Bells Atlas, and Madeline Kenney.
Although he's lived in California for several years, Perhapsy's Derek Barber is a midwesterner at heart. Beneath the layered, post-rock guitar textures and driving drum beats on The, Perhapsy's latest EP, lays a sweetness and sincerity that belies Barber's Mansfield, Ohio origins. The music on this EP is nostalgic, not in the regressive, unimaginative sense of cultural nostalgia — plundering the stylistic tendencies of the past — but in the more personal sense: a genuine, aching looking back into one’s own past experiences and emotions. This nostalgia, derived from the lyrics and Barber's soft vocals, lays under a bed of shimmering guitars.
Aside from his work as the frontman for Perhapsy, Barber is rightfully acclaimed for his guitar playing with Madeline Kenney, Bells Atlas, and Astronauts, etc. As such, the guitars on The are the EP's most distinctive feature. They chime on the spirited “Baptism '89”; rise and fall over a pulsing bed of bass and drum machine claps on the lush, foggy “Forward/Back”; pierce through the haze of “Where Is Your Home?”; ring on “O, Su Yung”, a driving, post-punk ghost story; and swell and roar on the cover of Grouper's “Heavy Water (I'd Rather Be Sleeping)”. The lyrics on the chorus of this last tune sum up the overall affect of the EP: “Oh dreams I'm moving through heavy water / The love is enormous / It's lifting me up / I'd rather be sleeping / I'd rather fall into tidal waves / Right where the deepest currents flow.” In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud writes of the “oceanic feeling”: a primitive sensation of oneness with the universe. With its midwestern sweetness and its varied, fuzzy guitar textures, The evokes this same feeling.
- Chris Alarie
-"Cathedral Bells is the project of Matthew Messore. After traveling across the country, Messore returned to his hometown and began working on home recordings. That feeling of returning to your hometown and the disquiet and isolation it brings from the life you thought you had already started pervades over “Cemetery Surf” and the follow-up, “A Passing Phase.”