Postcommodity opens for the Nihilist Spasm Band
Saturday, April 12, 2-4 PM, doors 1:30 PM – All Ages – $15
@ Silence (46 Essex St.), Partially accessible: barrier free, on-grade. Main door only 32″.
Interdisciplinary art collective Postcommodity is returning to Guelph for Kazoo! Festival, which runs from April 9-12, 2014. Jam-packed with zines, handmade instruments, visual art and multimedia installations, film screenings, 30 bands, and a pancake breakfast, this festival helps shake off the frozen dregs of winter and brings on the warmth of spring.www.kazookazoo.ca
Postcommodity first came to Guelph this fall to develop a multi-media sound instrument and video game played by groups of four, Game Remains: Golden Horseshoe. Played live, first by the artists, then by their collaborators, each performance resulted in a unique improvised soundscape using the video game as a sonic instrument. The artists describe their practice as a shared indigenous lens, and those present witnessed a contemporary music-making ritual drawing upon the history and tradition of the drum circle. Anticipate heavy fuzz, burbling frequencies, drums, and antler synthesizers that create a blistering sound stitched through with animal calls into ecstatic futuristic hunting songs. Co-produced by Ed Video, Kazoo!, and Musagetes with sets by both Postcommodity and the Nihilist Spasm Band, this is a soon-to-be-legendary noise concert exuberant in stretching the limits of experimental and improvised sound.
The Nihilist Spasm Band was formed in London, Ontario in 1965 by a gang of hotshot young members of the London Regionalism movement. The band has built an international following and has influenced noise icons such as Sonic Youth and Hijokaidan. Their membership has remained consistent since the ‘60s, consisting of John Clement, John Boyle, Bill Exley, sculptor Murray Favro, and Art Pratten. Previous members also included Hugh McIntyre, Archie Leitch, and painter Greg Curnoe. The band pits cooking pots, guitars, thumb pianos, and homemade instruments against clever deadpan vocals for a raucous improvised sound. They might have taken away the scale, key, repertoire, and category, as well as tossing away the rule book, but the Nihilist Spasm Band’s experimental squall is definitely something you can believe in.
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martinez, Kade L. Twist, and Nathan Young. Postcommodity forges new metaphors for shared experiences within an increasingly challenging contemporary environment. They promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies, and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere. Postcommodity’s work has been featured in the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, Belgium; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CA; “Half Life: Patterns of Change,” Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; and the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia.
Before heading to the concert, come and check out PS Guelph’s table at the annual Kazoo! Print Expo on Saturday, April 12 from 11-3 PM at Mitchell Hall in St. George’s Church (99 Woolwich St.). We’ll have our latest book offerings available for purchase, so stop by our table and pick up a piece of handmade culture!