Mar 11, 2013
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Day: Monday, March 11, 2013
Door Time: 8:00 PM
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The dark rock group Junius released their highly anticipated sophomore full-length, Reports from the Threshold of Death, on October 25 via Prosthetic Records. With their last album, The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, Junius explored the controversial theories of scholar Immanuel Velikovsky. The concept was centered around the trials and tribulations of Velikovsky’s life, providing a captivating narrative to the band’s expansive, dreamlike soundtrack, which called “a rich, immersive experience, a bleak jewel of a record that takes obsession as its theme and rewards it in equal measure.”

Conceptually picking up where The Martyrdom left off (with the death of Velikovsky), Reports from the Threshold of Death chronicles the journey of the soul after the body dies. In writing this album, vocalist/guitarist Joseph E. Martinez was inspired by reports and accounts of near-death experiences. “Millions of people have died and come back with experiences of an existence beyond bodily death,” said Martinez. “After finishing The Martyrdom, I wanted to tie in the next album with Velikovsky’s passing, so it was only logical to explore these near-death reports. In doing so, I came up with a sort of guide for beyond the grave. The album is very personal to us (Junius), as we all have had too many friends and family pass away in recent years. I hope this album brings a little light to a seemingly dark subject.”

On the album’s ten beautifully cathartic tracks, the band takes listeners on a journey into the unknown, channeling basic human themes like love, regret, and longing. Massive walls of guitars drive with steadfast rhythm beneath soaring synth and vocal melodies throughout the album’s arc, providing a passionate soundtrack for the journey into the light. Reports from the Threshold of Death was the first album to be recorded at Will Benoit’s Radar Studios in Clinton, CT (the first fully solar-powered sustainable studio on the East Coast) with longtime friend/producer James Dunham of rock-noir band InAeona. The recording was in many ways a return to Junius’ roots, with engineering assistance from past collaborators Benoit (Constants) and Daryl Rabidoux (The Cancer Conspiracy, Drowningman), mastering by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella (Isis, Converge, Torche, Doomriders), and art by former Junius bassist Ira Bronson (of Black Day Creative).

Described by Rolling Stone as “a perfect hybrid of Neurosis and The Smiths,” the members of Junius have crafted their own distinctive style of genre-bending rock that’s borne of experiments in isolation and asceticism. It’s this austere approach from one of America’s hardest working bands that adds a weighty sense of purpose and intrigue to their output.

Silver Snakes
Silver SnakesPictures of a Floating World, Silver Snakes debut released in August of 2011, is a tribute to free thinking – focusing on societal themes and individuality. It showcases glimpses of rock experimentalists At the Drive In and Fugazi, both major influences on the Snakes’ sound. “Steve and Roger have been good friends of ours for a while. We had always planned to do the record with them since they understood what we were going for in making a 90s influenced, raw rock record,” says Alex on working with Steve Choi and Roger Camero. The album touches on several genres, while not overstaying its welcome in any particular one.

RubedoRubedo is the physical manifestation of sound streaming from the psyche of its members. As a whole they create a familiar vibration that audiences actively relate to, integrate and use to transform their own individual state of awareness into one of universal love and collective understanding. This is the alchemy of rock and roll.

Massa Confusa
2012 Released on20 Sided Records

The dissociated complexes of the preconscious can be made to dance together into a single braid, some unity whose potential outdistances its fragments. Defined and in defiance of this reordering, chaos threatens to pull the braid apart and start again, looking not for measurable progress but simply newness. These twin forces of unification and chaos are at war and in harmony – the individual is a part and apart of the whole, pulled by what makes him unique and what makes them together. The process of integration into the true self is a bridge between the past and the future, held over the expanse of right now.

Rubedo is three selves as a tempest – they spin away from one another and create a system oscillating between disorder and unity, building structure just as it sounds like they’re threatening to separate. On their first recorded whole, Massa Confusa, each member takes turns building or tearing down through his tools. Within a single song, Alex Trujillo’s guitar will move between gentleness, taut restraint, and an inevitable cathartic explosion. Greg Ziemba’s nuanced drumming holds structures together in one hand and expresses itself furtively with the other. And somewhere between or in front of these two energies is Kyle Gray, setting song machines in motion on a synth’s edge, or with the melodic gathering of notes on well-traveled nylon strings. But it’s his haunting voice and evocative lyrics that are most immediately magnetic and forceful, individuated from the instruments and also urging them forward.

Massa Confusa is Rubedo’s first stage, in which the prevailing structures are dismembered and creative chaos barely governs their universe. It is a starting point that’s also the end of an old order – what happens next? It probably already is. Most apparent in the quieter, compassionate moments on the LP, these disparate forces have gone from emerging as three to merging as one. Rubedo will move forward, or upwards, or beyond only through this process of coming together and tearing apart. It’s a band that is in harmony one instant and at war the next, and it’s exactly this binary tension which defines their advancement.

-Phil Shaw

Lucida Tela
Lucida TelaLucida Tela Is a progressive/experimental/ambient rock from Colorado. Made up of four young men born and raised in the glorious rocky mountains, these musicians seek to reflect and project the love and influence of a high altitude lifestyle through their inspired lips and fingertips.