Stateside Presents

PINBACK

PINBACK

JUDGEMENT DAY

Thu, January 31, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix, AZ

$16.00 - $19.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

PINBACK
PINBACK
We have a tendency to take consistency for granted. Like a sunny Southern California day, Pinback have delivered record after record of mightily addictive indie pop since their inception in the late 1990s. Perhaps too melancholic and thoughtful to function as escapist entertainment, that same sense of depth is what made them one of the most reliable bands in indie rock’s three-decade history.
On one hand, their fifth album, Information Retrieved, is the logical and accessible realization of a sound Pinback have been developing and refining for over a decade. However, that consistency that we’ve taken for granted is what makes Information Retrieved such a euphoric surprise; their finest and most fully realized album, a dozen years deep into a career that includes bona fide modern classics like “Good To Sea” and Summer In Abaddon. Simply put, this is better than we ever could have expected. They could have coasted on automatic pilot to another lauded album that likely would have made it onto plenty of year-end lists, but instead they shot the moon, and the result is a major triumph.

The touchstones are still there: Zach Smith‘s stunningly unique bass guitar acrobatics driving both rhythm and melody in lock-step unison; the incredible immediacy of Rob Crow‘s voice that could make a phone book sound compelling; and the musical and lyrical interplay between the two of them that made Pinback so special in the first place. The difference now is their exquisite control over dynamics and a greater emotional resonance throughout. It’s the most complete and soulful Pinback album by a fair distance, the finest moment in the career of a band whose unfettered brilliance we’ve come to count on, but will never again take for granted.
JUDGEMENT DAY
JUDGEMENT DAY
What began as a two-piece street act on the corners of Berkeley and San Francisco with brothers Anton (violin) and Lewis Patzner (cello) quickly became an experimental powerhouse with the addition of hard-hitting drummer Jon Bush. They named themselves Judgement Day, styled with a medieval spelling to reflect the dark, epic nature of their "string metal" sound, which might best be described as "sci-fi soundtrack meets metal-mania." Over the course of their career, Judgement Day have toured with buzz bands like Mates of State, Black Kids, dredg and Torche, and been featured guests on the records of heavyweights from Slash to Taking Back Sunday.

After the release of their debut record Dark Opus in 2004, Judgement Day went on a four-year hiatus as the brothers encountered two great opportunities that led them on separate paths. Lewis was accepted to the prestigious Peabody Institute, a conservatory where he studied performance technique, perfection and advanced music theory. Anton was recruited to join indie-folk outfit Bright Eyes and learned about improvisation, collaboration, vintage effects pedals and the value of a good stage dive.

Upon their return to the Bay Area, Anton, Lewis and their metal-head drummer Jon were faced with a gargantuan task: to write a new Judgement Day record incorporating all of their fresh, contrasting musical philosophies. Peacocks/Pink Monsters is the result of their efforts; a self-produced record born as much from experimentation and emotion as it is from academics and technical prowess. Recorded at Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, CA with Riki Feldmann and mixed in Iceland by Axel "Flex" Árnason, Peacocks/Pink Monsters is Judgement Day's second full-length album, releasing independently on April 13, 2010.

Each member of Judgement Day brings a distinct element to the band's sound – Lewis's love of instrumental technique and compositional complexity, Anton's passion for experimentation and production, and Jon's knack for mathematics, as well as his testosterone-driven, tough drumming style. The result is a well-oiled, avant-garde string metal machine. The album's opening track, "Cobra Strike," is an in-your-face ADHD metal avalanche that never lets up. Its relentless arpeggios and time changes showcase each musician's technical brilliance while maintaining the band's tight sound structure. "Klagenstuck" is another face-melting shredder, with non-stop machine gun drums and lightning-quick string riffs that sound like the devil's own.

One of Judgement Day's goals with this record was to take risks and push beyond the boundaries of their instruments. At the end of every day in the studio, the band hit 'record' and improvised to develop new ideas. "Improvisation," an uncut improvised track, begins as a windswept exploration of sound and mood that slowly builds until it lets loose at an explosive peak. The core of "The Constant" arose from another of these improvisation sessions. Anton drew from his experience as a film composer (his day job) to deepen the track with lush orchestral strings and a wash of hazy sound effects. The band also experimented heavily with synthesizer pedals, phasers, backwards delays and ring modulators on this record, venturing into exciting uncharted territory for violins and cellos. The final track on Peacocks/Pink Monsters, "Genosha," captures all of the key elements of the Judgement Day sound: driving rhythms, compelling melodies, taut improvisation and rich layers of sound and textures.

Not only does every song on Peacocks/Pink Monsters incorporate improvisation, but the album artwork does as well. Three very different artists – Emilee Seymour, Ryan Noble and Shawn Harris – collaborated and painted without rules for two hours on a canvas to create a work of art with no predetermined vision. The title of the record is the band's interpretation of that final painting. Peacocks/Pink Monsters, inside and out, is a celebration of artistic spontaneity, collaboration and many unique visions.
Venue Information:
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://www.crescentphx.com/