Buffalo Stance and Laser Background w/ Bruce Banter
An eclectic evening of experimental music that will rock your socks off.
July 24, 2014 · 9:00pm
Doors 8pm/music 9pm
Strap yourself in for a unique experience featuring the experimental pop of Buffalo Stance, a regular on the Philly club scene. Joining them will be Philly’s Laser Background and Lancaster-based Bruce Banter.
For as long as he can remember, Jamey Robinson has been straddling the fence between indie rocker and avant-garde composer.
Over the years, his Philly-based collaborations — Need New Body, Man Man, and Buffalo Stance — have toured indie venues and festivals worldwide. But major grants are almost all on the fine art side of that fence, like the prestigious Pew Fellowship he received in 2007.
“I have been a voracious music eater since I was a kid,” explains Robinson. “I took on the idea that it takes different ears to hear different music from the get go. I spent the first half of my life collecting every sound in the world into my brain drive.”
“I read Keyboard magazine from cover to cover as a child and listened to whatever they told me about. This was the 80’s when they were more of an educational art publication and less of an advertisement for what you should buy.”
“I don’t actually listen to modern indie rock. It’s just kind of how things happened. Buffalo Stance is kind of a soul-electronic hybrid,” he explains, but quickly recoils at the statement. “I can’t believe I just said that. I’m floundering here. In this industry everybody’s supposed to have their tag ready to go, but I always find it indescribable.”
Perhaps this tag-less, curious quality is precisely what led to Robinson’s recent success. “I grew up on MTV and pop music, but I’ve always had a voracious appetite to know what was behind that music,” says Robinson. “Who did they listen to? Where did that kernel of humanity come from?”
Buffalo Stance will release their second record this winter on Philly-based electronic label Data Garden. Their first, Sugar Glider, is available online, in-stores and in venues.
Laser Background is a project about childhood. Every aspect of our adult lives is transformed by what we absorb during the sponge of our youth. And it is this precise molten window, still nestled & thriving within our brainscapes, that Philadelphia’s Andy Molholt delves into with Laser Background’s debut LP Super Future Montage.
“I wanted to create a psychedelic action/adventure LP,” says Molholt. “I look at Super Future Montage as a sort of mission statement, not just for Laser Background, but for life in general. I look at this album as my life’s work.”
Repetitive themes run rampant throughout the record, drawing parallels between birth, death, sleeping, waking, the monotony of the mundane & the peculiarity of the mystical. Molholt neatly wraps this colossal array into a confectionary web of confusion ripe for the tasting. “It’s a reminder of sorts, that existence is filled with beginnings & endings,” Molholt offers. “The human condition is basically one big lost & found. Once you really embrace the idea that security of any kind is an illusion, you can start to move forward & break new ground.”
Produced by Michael Johnson (Ape School, Lilys, Holopaw) & engineered by Michael Trillions (Norwegian Arms, Grandchildren), Super Future Montage pushes Laser Background into unexplored sonic territory, hijacking expectations & forcing the listener to come along for the ride. Echoing influences like Of Montreal’s Coquelicot & Brian Eno’s Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Molholt forges a sound both reminiscent & all his own, a post psychedelic avant-pop vacation. If past, present & future are the fruits of time, here Molholt has created his orchard. And in this warped universe, where time no longer matters, the flowers are constantly in bloom.