Skeleton Key, Retisonic, Pilot to Gunner, I Hate Our Freedom, States and Kingdoms, Adam Rubenstein (Chamberlain)

Skeleton Key, Retisonic, Pilot to Gunner, I Hate Our Freedom, States and Kingdoms, Adam Rubenstein (Chamberlain)
Event on 2012-10-17 20:00:00

Skeleton Key

"I wanted it to sound like the film score to a freight train flying off the tracks", recalls bassist/singer Erik Sanko of his vision for Skeleton Key, "but a freight train that was filled with flowers." That dichotomy has been the bedrock upon which the signature sound of Skeleton Key was built. Somewhere in the place where the tragic meets the comic, and the sacred meets the profane, Skeleton Key has carved out its own unmistakable niche. "Its where safecrackers and ventriloquists come to have a beer." Now, a mere eight years and two albums later (the Grammy nominated "Fantastic Spikes Through Balloon" on Capitol and "Obtainium" released on Mike Patton's Ipecac label), the blissful chaos shows no sign of flagging. "We're the ambassadors and missionaries of our own delightfully cryptic version of subterranean New York rock. We're like medieval Crusaders, minus the torture part." reports the ever-ebullient Mr. Sanko. Accompanying the low ended lope (and high-ended yodel) of Mr. Sanko is the relentless garbage bashing of Benjamin Clapp, the twisted, reptilian skronk of Craig LeBlang, and the tuxedo magic of Bob Vaccarelli. The band remains a tough songwriting machine employing their trademark junkyard-dog esthetic, but seen through a sharply focused lens (albeit one covered in gasoline). The songs explore an eclectic subject matter through metaphor and esoteric characterizations. Whether its the voice of a taxidermied bird or the musings on the pros and cons of gravity, witness the simultaneously funny, anachronistic, and spooky voice that is uniquely Skeleton Key.


Retisonic is brand new, though not without history. Over the past six years, Washington DC's Bluetip had earned a dedicated following and a reputation for powerful live shows. Endless touring took them through Europe, Japan, and the U.S. countless times with fellow bands At the Drive-In, International Noise Conspiracy, Tool, the Melvins, and Burning Airlines. But after four albums of cooking up their jagged confections, Bluetip's sugar high had its inevitable crash. Following the release of their most recent album "Post Mortem Anthem" (Dischord Records No.126), the band closed the candy shop and called it quits. Not one to sit around, Bluetip's singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Farrell grabbed Joe Gorelick to kick the drums. Joe had done a short stint in Bluetip, but is best known for his jaw-dropping drumming in emo-melodic-mathematicians Garden Variety, whose six years of tours and releases (Cargo/Headhunter, Gern Blandsten and Lookout!) earned them considerable respect. The two found Jim Kimball from New York natives J Majesty (Some Records) and the band was complete. Retisonic was formed, opting for a stripped-down three-piece lineup, mixing new flavors with their favorites. A dollop of new wave, a quart of post-hardcore, a pound of rock…whipped vigorously with buzzed-up guitar riffs and drumming that borders on manic. "We still love guitars," swears Farrell, "so there are ghosts of our previous bands (Bluetip, Garden Variety, J Majesty) in our sound. But this time around, arrangements are streamlined…each song is more focused. We're paying much more attention to vocal melodies and harmonies." In these songs one can also hear the phantoms of what must be their favorite bands; Cheap Trick, The Damned, Gary Numan, Fugazi…but this sort of haunting is as refreshing as it is diverse. The result veers between aggressive and a spooky kind of pretty, all the while remaining hook-filled and powerful. Retisonic has just released their six-song debut e.p. recorded earlier this year with producer J. Robbins (Jets to Brazil, Jimmy Eat World). It is titled LEAN BEAT, which is also the newly-coined name defining Retisonic's musical style and approach; lean arrangements, leaning with the beat. Three labels from around the world have come together to make this release possible; SILVERTHREE SOUND RECORDINGS in the U.S., MODERN CITY RECORDS in Europe, and INHERITED ALLIANCE in Japan. Reviews in Alternative Press, NME, Kerrang!, and Rock Sound couldn't be better. Retisonic has just completed their first European tour, headlining shows throughout the U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The band is planning a tour of the States this spring, radiating from their home base of New York City. In the meantime, go to and download their MP3 of "Filthy Way to Lose Yourself" to hear a definitive example of this lean beat aesthetic…and a damn good song, too.

Pilot to Gunner

-| Commenced activities May 1998, New York City. -| Released Hit the Ground and Hum EP on San Francisco upstart Metoo! Records (Eric's Trip) in early 1999. Produced by Geoff Turner at WGNS in Washington, DC (Girls Against Boys, Shudder To Think, Jawbox). -| Tours up and down Eastern Seaboard and Central states, including shows with Hot Water Music, The Dismemberment Plan, Cursive, Superdrag, Bright Eyes, Atom and His Package, Q and not U, Ann Beretta, Small Brown Bike, Engine Down, Ultimate Fakebook, Hot Rod Circuit, The Van Pelt, Radio 4, Lifter Puller, The Swirlies, The Rapture, and Atombombpocket-knife have endangered the existence of copies of the EP. -| Released 7" early winter 2001 as debut release for SincAudio, the label founded by Scott Sinclair, whose paintings grace the covers of all Hot Water Music releases. Features two tracks from 1999 session at Rare Book Room (Les Savy Fav, The Lapse) with Turner and Nick Vernhes. -| Games at High Speeds, recorded at Fort Apache (Pixies, Billy Bragg, Buffalo Tom] with Brian Brown (Juliana Hatfield) released on Gern Blandsten Records (The Van Pelt, Chisel, Garden Variety, Radio 4) . Completed two tours (Eastern US , South, Central, Canada) in Summer 2001. Van stolen September 2001. Toured Eastern Seaboard, South late November/Early December 2001. Played over 100 shows in 2001. -| Games at High Speeds ups the ante on its predecessors in every way, at once making good on and blowing apart comparisons to WIRE, MISSION OF BURMA, POLVO, BLUETIP, NATION OF ULYSSES, and JAWBOX. -| Building Records is proud to release Games at High Speeds with a bonus track in Australia, with an accompanying tour to take place in September 2002. -| Pilot to Gunner is: Scott V. Padden- Vocals, Guitar, Patrick Hegarty- Guitar, Vocals, Kurt L. Herrmann- Drum Kit, Martin McLoughlin- Bass Guitar

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