Chain and The Gang with Sleepy Kitty
Doors: 8:00 pm
Show: 9:00 pm
Tickets: $10 adv / $12 dos and are available here.
The Luminary presents Chain and The Gang and Sleepy Kitty on Tuesday, August 12.
Chain and the Gang
Chain & the Gang is led by Svenonius, the prime mover behind the bands Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up, and author of two books, Psychic Soviet and Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, not to mention online talk show host and auteur filmmaker. The band deals in a new genre called Crime Rock that updates rock 'n' roll, blues, and gospel music or vocal quartets from the late 50s /early 60s for the discerning few.
As Ian himself puts it: "If asked about it by a prospective fan, I would say 'Watch out; it might hurt your feelings.' Or 'Be careful...there's no telling what might happen if you put it in your ear.'" Why? Because Chain & The Gang isn't for everyone. It's not designed for the victims of Ikea who rely on robots to choose their background muzak, but it can also prove to be addictive and has some disturbing side effects.
What do Pavement, MGM musicals, Robert Rauschenberg, Iggy Pop and Jean Luc Godard have in common? Not much, to most people. But for St. Louis-based duo Sleepy Kitty, all these sublimely weird and seemingly contradictory art forms are source material and inspiration for their sophomore release, Projection Room.
Projection Room is a gorgeous art-punk achievement by the band that sees them creating a cohesive new sound, while still including flagrant waves to their pop culture influences. It’s art-school reference and experimentation with rock instruments and flaming guitar solos, but a musical theater backbone and '60s stacked harmonies. And it's catchy as hell.
The Luminary's Concert Series is sponsored in part by Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.