Friday Jun 19th 2015 @Pyramid Atlantic

Insect Ark, Olivia Neutron-John, Chester Hawkins, Bastet

Insect Ark began in late 2011, as the one-woman solo project of bassist and multi-instrumentalist Dana Schechter. As an analog-electronic hybrid with a heavy focus on live performance, Insect Ark has been building a following in the experimental doom scene via consistent touring in the U.S. and abroad.

Creating a personal soundtrack to the underbelly of the human psyche, Insect Ark weaves a brooding, textural landscape--a starless night spiked with light and flash. The music braids together delay-drenched lap steel, programmed and real drums, distorted bass, and synths to create a sonic mural both uncomfortably intimate and icy cold.

Dana Schechter, a California native, spent her teens in the San Francisco metal scene, where her love of heavy music gained its foothold. She moved to NYC in 1997; in 1999 she began working as a recording and touring bassist with Swans leader Michael Gira's Angels of Light and she founded her own band, Bee and Flower, as well. In 2004 Bee and Flower relocated to Berlin, its new base for touring and recording. 

By 2008 Schechter had finally found her way back to NYC. There, she formed Insect Ark as an effort to write and tour continuously without the complexities of a band and to reconnect with the darker, heavier, and more abstract sounds of her youth.

Autumnsongs Records will release Insect Ark’s first full-length album, Portal/Well, on CD in June 2015. The project's previous releases consist of the 10” vinyl EP Long Arms(Geweih Ritual Documents, 2013) and the 7” vinyl single “Collapsar” (Lancashire and Somerset Records, 2012). On every recording to date, Schechter has played and recorded all the instruments in her Brooklyn studio. 

In 2015 Insect Ark gained a second member, drummer and electronics operator Ashley Spungin, who is known for her work with the Portland-based band Taurus. While Schechter appreciated the freedom of working alone, she ultimately decided that live drums would be a powerful addition to the project's releases and shows. The new duo incarnation of Insect Ark will begin recording and touring in spring 2015. 

Olivia Neutron-John
"RAW, GLITTERING, PSYCHEDELIC...OLIVIA NEUTRON JOHN, is a NON-BINARY, POST-BRO one person music/dance declaration of war on the accepted and the expected."

CHESTER HAWKINS (Washington DC) has recorded and performed a wide range of experimental music since 1985. The best-known project was BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT, which began as an exercise in modern audio Dadaism (via musique concrete and tape-collage) and later expanded to embrace drone, krautrock, electronic psychedelia, brutal noise, and cinematic sound design.

After 28 years, BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT was retired and new works continue under the human name. Using an arsenal of electronics, tapes, acoustics, and modified objects, the goal remains the creation of deep and elegant trance states with a glaze of paranoid tension. Past collaborators in recordings and performances include Richard Pinhas (Heldon), J. Surak (Violet), Dave Newhouse (The Muffins), Insect Factory, Thee Maximalists, Pilesar, and many others.

dark ambient techno from Baltimore

Friday Jun 19th 2015 @ 9 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.

~ $10

Pyramid Atlantic
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD