Old Man Gloom

The Echo + FYF + Vacation Vinyl Present

Old Man Gloom

William Fowler Collins, Sad Vicious, Ides Of Gemini

Mon, September 3, 2012

8:00 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00

This event is all ages

Old Man Gloom
Old Man Gloom
In 2001, a year after the release of Meditations in B, the band released two albums simultaneously: Seminar II and Seminar III. For these records, Luke Scarola joined to use electronics. On Seminar II, Steven Brodsky of Cave In wrote the lyrics for one song, and Jay Randall of Agoraphobic Nosebleed contributed on electronics. On August 24, 2004, the band's most recent album Christmas was released. Super rare live appearance, and their first ever in Philadelphia!
William Fowler Collins
William Fowler Collins
Originally from rural New England and now living in New Mexico, William Fowler Collins (b.1974) is a musician whose work explores and synthesizes both musical and extramusical elements. Improvisation, field recordings, electric guitar, lap steel guitar, laptop computer, processed recordings, microcassette tape recorders, and home-made electronic devices all play roles in the creating, performing, and recording of his music.

In 2004 Collins graduated from Mills College, with an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media where he studied with Fred Frith, Annie Gosfield, Alvin Curran, Maggi Payne, Chris Brown, and Pauline Oliveros.

He has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at venues including Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, The Headlands Center For The Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Café Du Nord, the Folk Yeah Festival 2005(Big Sur, CA), Edgetone Music Summit 2005, 21 Grand, Kimo's, Mills College, Southern Exposure Gallery, 111 Minna St. Gallery, and The Luggage Store Gallery. His music has been aired on WFMU, KPFA, KUSF, KUNM, and KZSU. In New Mexico, he has performed at the Unit D Gallery, KUNM, The Donkey Gallery, Burt's Tiki Lounge, and the IPI Festival.

In March 2007, he was invited on a brief tour with Brightblack Morning Light and Women & Children, playing shows in Tucson, AZ (03/07) and Denver, CO (03/10). On September 26, 2007 he shared a bill with Ikue Mori at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, NY.
Sad Vicious
Sad Vicious
Ides Of Gemini
Ides Of Gemini
IDES OF GEMINI is a collusion of musical forces precipitated by the haunting and inimitable vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists BLACK MATH HORSEMAN. The compositions are the long-simmering mental fallout of veteran music and film journalist J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals), who has spent most of the last 14 years writing for such publications as Decibel, Terrorizer, Revolver, Alternative Press and Thrasher. The third and final corner of the triangle is Kelly Johnston, whose martial drumming techniques and soaring backing vocals literally brought IDES OF GEMINI to life as a performing entity.

Last year, Timms and Bennett recorded and self-released IDES OF GEMINI's four-song EP, The Disruption Writ, which was anointed "My Favorite Demo of 2010" by the highly influential music blog Invisible Oranges. Lyrically, the songs detailed the terrifying permanence of dismemberment in all its unsettling forms: psychological, emotional and physical. Musically, though? Someone on the Internet called it "dream doom." Nobody likes to be pigeonholed, but IDES OF GEMINI will gladly take up temporary residence in that particular nook for the sake of shorthand. Which is to say that "dream doom" will do the trick for now. And now is nothing if not fleeting. Mostly because IDES OF GEMINI are about to unveil their full-length debut, Constantinople, on May 29th (May 28th in the UK) via Neurot Recordings.

The nine songs on Constantinople evince the light and shade of the IDES dynamic: the vicious and the atmospheric mingling in a spacious panorama of high white ether. Respected metal journalist Etan Rosenbloom described it best on MetalSucks.net: "Guitarist J. Bennett lays down imperial metal riffs swathed in so much reverb that they seem isolated from the rest of the world. Bassist/vocalist Sera Timms layers her affectless voice in ghostly counterpoint, turning tales of spiritual discord into disturbing lullabies…If something seems missing from Ides Of Gemini's sound, that's exactly the point. Their accretion of small musical gestures inverts metal's normal use of space. They imply terror without ever exposing it. Each song is an accumulation of outlines, a sort of sonic daguerreotype."

Produced by IDES OF GEMINI and engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles, Constantinople was mastered by James Plotkin, formerly of doom masters Khanate and currently of Jodis. The artwork and design was conceived by Sera Timms and J. Bennett and constructed by Sera Timms.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com