Ars Phoenix on “Shake Hands With Danger” Episode 172.
Idieyoudie on the “Ars Phoenix” track “Chlorophyll.”
Ohhh, it’s a Billy Madison joke… It’s actually a good review after that. :)
District Beat on Ars Phoenix.
DC’s Lenorable is hard to pin down. Are they post-punk? Shoegaze? Gothic? New Order for a new age? (A dangerous proposition, certainly.)
They’re many things, but perhaps most importantly, they’re a bit of everything. Their earlier demos started out noisy before veering towards electronics in middle age. Now, fully formed, Lenorable is lo-fi gothwave, synthpop for your darker side. Case in point: they released an entire EP based on Edgar Allen Poe stories that was also ripe with Machiavelli references. Disconnect, their second effort, traverses a hazy underworld of ambient black noise, with vocals emanating from the void and beats that urge you toward it.
My first contact with Lenorable’s music came at the Velvet Lounge last night, where they played with fellow nightdwellers Ars Phoenix and Semita Serpens. Lenorable’s stage setup is low lights and lots of smoke, silhouetting singer Lisa Reed as she bobs about and almost obscuring guitarist Ian Graham entirely. If Reed is the ghost beckoning you to follow, Graham is the puppetmaster in the shadows, driving the enterprise forward with a frantic shoegaze guitar. It’s a perfect fit for their sound, whose all-encompassing, near-drowning quality only increases in person. Have a listen to “Metamorphosis II,” the track off of their EP that best captures this quality. If you get lost in the fog, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Ars fucking Phoenix.
Jon’s niece Emmy! Saying hi to some family in Charlotte then hitting the highway for the long ride home. #arsphoenixtour complete.
Saturday March 22nd
Ars Phoenix is on tour supporting their new vinyl release Violent Rain!
DARK // DANCE // DRONE
Ars Phoenix tour dates:
Friday 3/21: The Falcon, Orlando, FL w/ Burnt Hair
Saturday 3/22: The Fuzz Factory, St. Pete, FL w/ The Vera Violets, Genre Baptiste, Burnt Hair
Sunday 3/23: Rain dogs, Jacksonville, FL w/ Vvase, Burnt Hair
Monday 3/24: Yauhaus, Charlotte, NC w/ Human Pippi
Thurday 3/27: The Gold Bar, Baltimore. MD w/ The Drowning Season, Cavale, SOFIA RETA, Stars and the Sea
Friday 3/28: The Velvet Lounge, Washington DC w/ Lenorable
Saturday 3/29: TYP Haus, Greensboro, NC w/ Baptizer
Saturday 4/12: Respectable Street, West Palm, FL w/ Astari Nite
"Mesmerized, you inhabit a moment free from time and place."
Petrichor: the scent of rain on earth, and the state inhabited by Ars Phoenix’s Violent Rain. The latest from Gainesville, FL’s synthgaze goth lovelies (and headliners at Velvet Lounge on March 28), it’s a record that takes you somewhere dark and damp and deep, only to awaken you abruptly with a 7-minute spoken finale.
It’s dangerous to compare any band to Joy Division, but Ars Phoenix is what Ian Curtis’ band might have sounded like had he had a female backing vocalist on every track, a lot more synthesizers, and a reference to post-rock’s cinematic climaxes. Much of Violent Rain is cold, but not callous; it calls you in out of the drizzle and lets you gaze out on it from behind slightly frosted windowpanes. It’s a dark place but so beautiful you barely notice, barely feel the chill creeping in.
That state can’t last forever, though. So we arrive at the title and closing track, a confrontation between what’s inside and what’s out—and when, ever so subtly, the boundaries were dragged through the fresh mud. Violent Rain is unsettling, yet it speaks to something so fundamentally true—how life is lived in gray areas—that it will be hard to stop yourself pressing “play” again.
A thoughtful and glowing review of our new vinyl LP out on Etxe Records, Violent Rain, from District Beat! Thank you! See you at Velvet Lounge!
I have a list of 10 for March. This is it. You should join me.
March 1: the Emerging Artists Super Sampler. Most excited about Pleasure Curses and Me & This Army. (I may or may not actually go to this one. Each band is only playing three songs. Not really my thing, despite the lineup.)