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MINUS THE BEAR (US) + JOAN OF ARC (US)
Monday 12 June at 19:30 - 23:00
JC Kavka, Oudaan 14, Antwerpen
MINUS THE BEAR (USA – Suicide Squeeze Records)
Over the course of their 15-year career, Minus the Bear have carved out their own unique musical world. This isn’t to say they’re impervious to outside influence. They’ve borrowed components from a wide swath of genres—the brainy clangor of New York’s proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rock—but always managed to defy classification. Throughout the first decade of their existence, every new album offered a new musical approach, as seen in the idiosyncratic fretboard gymnastics of Highly Refined Pirates, the glitchy loops of Menos el Oso, or the modernized Fripp- inspired wizardry of Planet of Ice. By the time the band entered our current decade, their knack for reinvention yielded to an emphasis on refinement. Albums like OMNI and Infinity Overhead searched for a middle ground where their myriad of stylistic approaches could all work within the context of a single record. On their sixth album VOIDS, Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from- scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process.
JOAN OF ARC (USA – Joyful Noise Recordings / Polyvinyl Records)
Joan of Arc began in 1996 with the clear goal of “creating music for no audience.” And by this we meant that we were constant and voracious consumers and keen observers of many scenes contemporary at the time: hardcore, punk, post-punk, post-rock, riot girl, emo, math rock, no wave, noise, experimental, drone, free jazz, kraut rock, dub, glitch, drum and bass, psych, folk, and twee. All of these scenes had their own codes of membership and conformity. We set out knowing that our failure to be embraced by any prefab audience would be the proof of the singularity of our expression. Elements of all these genres were mangled together on our first record. And though we have changed forms and approaches many times since then, collage, juxtaposition, and fusion have remained our consistent guiding principles in structure, production, and style. And recalling that initial mission statement we know we are a success: we have travelled the world many times over and still manage to frustrate expectations. And still no one anywhere would dare claim to like us to appear cool.
Presale: 14€ (excl. service fee) / Doors: 17€