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Automatic – Urban Spree, Berlin

 

Like all the best bands, Automatic found each other in an organic way. Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met in the DIY band scene of Los Angeles and started jamming together in 2017. Over the last year, they have become an important part of the L.A. Club circuit, sharing the stage with bands like Surfbort, Wand and Flatworms. On 27 September 2019 their debut album « Signal » will be released on Stones Throw / PIAS.

Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins, the drummer of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, the art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13 years old. Halle and Izzy met in local bands in the northeast of L.A.; Izzy was a guitarist and singer, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Unimpressed by the masculine energy of the local scene and the rock music on the radio – « pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean » – Izzy changed guitars into synths and joined Halle and Lola in 2017. They called themselves « Automatic » after a song by the Go-Go’s – the only (!) purely female band that ever wrote and recorded an entire album that reached number 1 in the charts in the USA.

Automatics guitarless setup seemed to leave a void in the sound at first, but their interplay gave them strength and they took their place in the scene. Empowerment in the best sense. They refined their sound and, informed by Neu! and Suicide, combined their preference for dub reggae, motoric rhythms and gnarled synthesizers with their cinematic pop understanding. In collaboration with sound engineer and producer Joo Joooo Ashworth (FROTH), they started working on their GarageBand demos and their debut album.

Their first single « Calling It » captures the feeling of drifting in an endless space, tearing everything apart and starting anew. Elsewhere on « Signal », songs speak directly from the band members’ experiences: « Humanoid » and « Too Much Money » are reflections on boredom, misfortune and the disappointing falsehood of social media personae, while the title track « Signal » is about « being trapped in the drudgery of a shitty life/job and realizing that no one but yourself will save you from it. » « Signal » is the title track of the band’s album. A shocking near-death accident in her apartment inspired Izzy to write « Electrocution » – an experience alluded to in the cover packshot, which shows a switch on a red background.

Izzy studied film at college and Halle used to work at the legendary video store « Kims Video » in New York, so it’s no wonder that the band also mentions film as an important influence on their music. David Lynch and Dario Argentos in particular have left their mark on the ambiguous lyrics and eerie atmospheres.

The red thread that runs through « Signals » is the feeling of fear and alienation, possibly one of the most formative experiences of the early 21st century: the feeling of being on the edge of the world. Or as Automatic put it: « The world is so fucked. I don’t know how a musician could say: ‘That’s all great.' »

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Poolside

Poolside began as a recording project in a converted Los Angeles backyard pool house in early 2011, producing sunny tracks of subaquatic indie dance music in this makeshift recording studio. Surfacing first in the form of a YouTube video for the catchy track « Do You Believe? » Poolside were soon gaining local and national attention, with DJs like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, techno legend Derrick May, and disco don Todd Terje spinning these tracks at events and a growing online following. Throughout 2011 Poolside continued making waves with a sound called « daytime disco » through tracks like their cover of Neil Young’s « Harvest Moon » and original tunes. In 2012 Poolside worked on a remix for longtime disco punks The Rapture and held fans over with a new single and video for a song called « Slow Down » as they prepared to release their debut album. That album, Pacific Standard Time, was self-released in July of 2012.

After the album’s release, remixes for artists like Matthew Dear, Little Dragon and Fool’s Gold soon followed, as well as rehearsing and touring with a live band and doing DJ sets around the world. As thoughts turned to a second album, Poolside went on ice for a year to regroup, beginning to work in earnest on another album in the Fall of 2016. While still revolving around the sunny, laid-back disco sound of PST, these sessions yielded the additions of up-tempo dance songs and more guitars, and generally more fleshed-out arrangements. Poolside surprise released their second album Heat in 2017.

 

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The Morlocks

THE MORLOCKS (US/DE) plus GHOST LEE (Berlin)

plus djs afterparty: Kiky Kreemchese (Radio Momento 60) plus Alex Maiorano (Riviera Boys)

 

THE MORLOCKS
BRING ON THE MESMERIC CONDITION
(Hound Gawd Records/Rough Trade)

As it says in the Bible, “ask and you shall receive” The Morlocks are proud to announce ( for all ye faithful ) the release of their new LP. “BRING ON THE MESMERIC CONDITION” on “Hound Gawd Records. Slated for release early Summer 2018. Recorded By Alaska Winter at various secret locations in Germany ,

East meets West (Berlin). Mixed and mastered by the notorious “Jim Diamond “ of Dirtbombs fame, to give it that special “Motor City” grit and grease that is required on a Morlocks record! Alas it´s been a while since the release of “The Morlocks Play Chess”, “BRING ON THE MESMERIC CONDITION” features something never before offered on a Morlocks LP , all original songs!!!!!

Both as a band and as individuals, The Morlocks have earned their stripes on the rock and roll circuit. Through break-ups, break downs, personnel changes, changing cities and shifts in popular culture, The Morlocks have continually grown stronger at what they do best even as they died their many deaths. In the process, The Morlocks have built up a die-hard following and originality. Where others would have bled out long ago, The Morlocks get stitched up and keep going.

Surprising, then, that in 1999, Spin Magazine printed an inaccurate story declaring the death of their energetic, charismatic lead singer Leighton Koizumi (also fronting the Gravedigger V). Needless to say, Leighton (far from being dead) continues to lead the charge, a duty he has held since the band’s debut LP Emerge. The Morlocks have continued to perform and make records, a number of which have been featured prominently in movies, television shows and video games.

Currently based out of Düsseldorf , Leighton has inlisted a who´s who European fuzz masters… Starting with Rob Louwers – drums ( Fuzztones, Q-65, Link Wray) Oliver Pilsner -Bass ( Fuzztones, Cheeks, Montesas, Magnificent Brotherhood) Bernadette – Guitar ( Sonny Vincent, Humpers) and Marcello Salis ( Gravedigger V, Hangee V), The Morlocks have been secluded in their secret European lair . planning and plotting a new set along with classic fan favorites! You can expect a whole new trip, including new recordings, new tours, new merch, and a new « live » show guaranteed to melt your mind, make your ears bleed, put some boogie in your backseat, and leave you with an intense feeling of wanting more.

GHOST LEE
Ghost Lee is a new musical collective based in Berlin, masterminded from the psychedelic genius of Tito Lee (Tito and the Brainsuckers, Electric Flashbacks, Leighton Koizumi), eccentric performer and guitar player devoted to the most obscure, intense magnetic sounds from the psychedelic vaults.The band performs a kind of soft psychedelia in the style of West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Orient Express, Spacemen 3, blended with fuzz ripping influences in the most genuine sixties garage tradition.The band members feature Adrian Gray(Gang Zero, The Dark) on bass and Silver Luke on drums (Brainsuckers, Dead Lovers).
Ghost Lee first album, “Ghostly” is on its way to be released.
Keep your mind open and your fuzzbox on 10!

 

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Night Shift ft. Zarkoff

𝔉𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔫𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔰 presents: Night Shift

The sun comes down and with it the day shift comes to an end. It is time for the night shift to take over.

Creatures of the night, replicants, angelic faces and spectators hungry for strangeness give themselves to the carefreeness of the 80s in a club turned for a night into a house of the underground.

On the program: Zarkoff LIVE, Drag Shows, New Wave, Synthpop, Dark Wave, Goth, Minimal Wave, EBM, Post-Punk, Italo-disco and Retro Wave.

Night Shift is a LGBT+, hetero-inclusive bimestrial event.
We pride ourselves on being a safe space for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies.
All of our DJs and our drag performers are individuals who identify as being part of a counter-culture and our drag shows also fall under the umbrella of our music genres for a complete immersive experience.

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► LINE-UP ◀︎

LIVE:

Zarkoff [Croatia]

Zarkoff is an electro-techno-industrial producer/dj known for solo work and many collabs, such as Sumerian Fleet, FFFC, Kali Jugend, Lab Personnel, releases with Popsimonova, Nao Katafuchi etc.

Apart from his own productions, he runs a studio called Sensorium and works as a mastering engineer for established underground labels such as Creme Organization, R Zone, Jericho One, Raw Paper Records, Raw Culture, Repartiseraren etc.

His post punk album Sweet Obsolete (Unknown Pleasures Records) reached #1 on European Alternative Charts in 2015 and after that a few electro/acid vinyl EPs followed (Pioneers EP on Endless Illusion, Iron flute EP on Return To Disorder and Toxicology EP on Gooiland Elektro) Sumerian Fleet released 2 albums on Dark Entries, « Just Pressure » and « Pendulum », and his collab project Lab Personnel released an LP called Recreation on Medical Records.

His latest releases (as Zarkoff and member of Lab Personnel) have mostly been results of jams in an abandoned chemical lab that Zarkoff and his collaborators were using for several years. This period is now finished and Zarkoff is embarking on European tour this winter.

https://soundcloud.com/zarkoffhttps://hivmusic1.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-obsolete-electro-pop-upr020

Listen to « Video Age »: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpy4GZpixr8

DJ SETS:

Al Niklaus (𝔉𝔬𝔯𝔢𝔫𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔰) [Berlin] (New Beat, Acid 90’s, EBM, Retro Wave, Dark Synth)
https://soundcloud.com/al-niklaus
DJ INEPT Pernicious [Berlin] (Dark Wave, Minimal Wave, EBM, Industrial)

DRAG SHOWS:

Ghōst [Berlin]
https://www.instagram.com/ghostelektra/
Lady Galore [Amsterdam]
www.instagram.com/the_lady_galore/
Harle Quing
https://www.instagram.com/theharlequing/

PROJECTIONS:

Reality Pill
https://www.instagram.com/realitypill/

PARTNERS:

HART Magazine
Tech Noire

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH, 2018
00H00 – 06H00+

URBAN SPREE (RAW-Area)
Revaler Str. 99 / Warschauer Str.
10245 Berlin
www.urbanspree.com
www.facebook.com/urbanspree

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La Vallée/BAF at Urban Spree

Urban Spree invites our Brussels-based friends from LaVallée and Brussels Art Factory for a week-end long mini festival in Berlin focused around arts, music, workshops, and performances!

Opening on Friday 01.06, we start the evening with the Opening of « Balance », a solo presentation of new works by the famed belgian duo Hell’o in our main galerie space. Running in parallel with their retrospective museum solo show at the BAM in Mons (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mons, Belgium), « Balance » brings a new series of paintings on canvas and drawings on paper to the Berlin audience. Hell’o will also sign their new monograph « Untitled Oddyssey », published early May by Maison CFC – éditions & librairie. Urban Spree Prints will also release 2 screenprints specially made by the duo for the occasion.

The Brussels-based collectives Farm Prod and Ice Screen will display recent original works and prints in our Galerie « Ecke » and run various screen printing workshops during the weekend.

Fred Penelle & Yannick Jacquet from the collective Antivj will present « Mécaniques discursives », an immersive installation mixing etchings, prints and video projections.

On Saturday evening, the visual and street artist Vincent Glowinski a.k.a. BONOM and the drummer Teun Verbruggen will present their performance « Duo à l’encre » in our garden. Bonom will sign his 2 published monographs on Saturday in our bookshop.



Milk Me Presents: Crack Cloud

MILK ME and Babooshka presents Crack Cloud

Crack Cloud is a multimedia collective, comprising members from different cities, ethnicities and origins, who contribute to the sound, visual aesthetic and beyond – but their latest release, Anchoring Point, is helmed by seven key members. Taking its sonic influence from the likes of Gang Of Four, Fela Kuti and Talking Heads, its visuals from hip hop and the found footage aesthetic of the ‘90s, and its political ethos from thinkers like Malcolm X and Lydia Lunch, Anchoring Point is a barbed, lurching thing, a cacophony of punchy fragments, funk-laced bass riffs and experimental soundscapes. “We wanted to be expressive in a way that could be erratic but cohesive at the same time,” explains Choy. “Emotionally, it zig-zags. We wanted it to take a life of its own; a life in flux.”

There’s a political undertone to much of Anchoring Point – its lyrics, its sound, even the EP’s artwork, which declares itself to be “how they refer to the latest vendible thing from Crack Cloud. For fun and profit!” But if there’s an agenda to their music, says Choy, “the agenda is humanity and compassion. We invite people to meditate openly about their privilege. Their vice. Their pride and their vulnerability.” Both he and partner Mohammad Ali Sharar are immigrants who struggled with addiction – Choy’s triggered by the death of his father, Mohammad Ali from the cultural turbulence that came from the racism he experienced from outside his community, and the rejection from within it when he started to question Islam. They’ve redefined themselves in sobriety and work together in the mental health industry, facilitating safe spaces based on the harm reduction model for vulnerable and marginalized people in Downtown Vancouver. Crack Cloud is informed by these experiences, past and present.

These experiences inform the work in ways Choy and the collective don’t always attempt to tame or control. ‘Empty Cell’, for example, is a “stream-of-consciousness piece,” made up of different voices from different angles. It follows EP opener ‘Graph Of Desire’, a punky duet of sorts, with shades of early Bowie, that comes in at just a minute and a half long, and precedes ‘Image Craft’, which has a melody like a ticking clock and a video that evokes Lynch’s Eraserhead. “Each song on Anchoring Point,” says Choy, “is one piece of the pie.”

And what does the pie as a whole look like? Choy’s not sure exactly. “It creates a messy picture. We hope people can resonate with its messiness. Thoughts and feelings are ephemeral and there is always a new insight to have and a new connection to be sought after, and it’s a celebration of that. Old and new. And the Anchoring Point in-between.”