Siberian Traps Present "Indicator" - A Record Release Party

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Siberian Traps Present "Indicator" - A Record Release Party

Son of Stan, New Berlin, Programme

Friday, June 9, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$5 at the door

This event is 18 and over

Siberian Traps
Siberian Traps
I was standing in Live Oak Music Hall once with Mr. Seth Reeves - on the night Siberian Traps released Blackfoot and played a show so transcendent the crowd checked to see if they were floating above the stage - when a fine young man with a handle bar mustache asked me about these boys late of Nashville and lately of Fort Worth. What did they sound like, he asked me, what was their style, who were their influences? (Such was the anticipation that the uninitiated started groping for answers.) I deferred to Mr. Reeves, standing at my left โ€“ who should have known better than anyone, as their chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist. He thought about it briefly and said, "We sound like a cowboy riding into the desert on a mescaline trip." The man and I both stood silent for a moment, and then I started laughing, clapping my hands.

I was certainly delighted at the time, but I'll be damned if that isn't the perfect description of Siberian Traps. This is an Ennio Morricone soundtrack played by R.E.M., produced by Neil Young, in praise of the universe: a whole new genre I'd call Spirit Rock. It is music both spirited and of the spirit. You stomp your feet and you hum along; but if your self-same soul isn't swinging along, too, then you're not paying close enough attention. (Mr. Reeves is capable of crafting lyrics that mean something the first time, something else the tenth time, and something entirely new the ten thousandth.) This is sincere music, removed of any scene, brave enough to say what it means in a culture that's afraid to mean anything.

Seth Reeves has been playing music in and around Fort Worth for a number of years, but his pilgrimage to Nashville in 2009 โ€“ and his meeting of drummer Peter Wierenga and guitarist Parker Donaldson โ€“ brought a whole new vision to the music. They returned to Texas with songs pastoral and psychological, lusty and spiritual: a union of opposites, sonic and otherwise, that represents a kind of transcendence. With the addition of Mike Best on bass in 2013, the band now brings a live sound that is one of the finest barnstorming rock and roll shows in this land. Their two releases to date, A Strange Loop EP and Blackfoot, are equally at home blasting from one's car stereo or through your earphones, while your eyes are closed, as the pulsating landscape of an America that both is and isn't rises up in the imagination.

So go ahead: take the trip, man, climb up on your horse and ride out into the desert, put the cactus hearts in the iron pot over your campfire, and listen to some Traps.

- Wade Lipham
Son of Stan
Son of Stan is the solo project and band of songwriter Jordan Richardson (Drummer for Ben Harper, Ringo Starr). The creative debut album is set for release in 2013 and was produced by Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and shocases a unique, psychedelic style that Richardson calls "Divorce Pop".

The sound of his forthcoming album, due for release in 2013, though hard to pinpoint, range in influence from the darker side of 80's pop such as Joe Jackson, Phil Collins, R. Stevie Moore, (and even Hall and Oates) to more, even heavier, stonier psychedelic nods.

Richardson told Dallas based blog Central Track: "It's a little difficult to describe the sound of it, but there is a definite aesthetic goal in mind with the record. There are a lot of songs from my childhood in the mid 80's that when I hear now they give me a totally unsettling feeling (songs I refer to as "divorce pop", though my parents remain happily married) and remind me of the pains of being dragged around by my mom on hot Saturday afternoons in 1989, to a weird strip mall women's clothing store called 'Show Off Fashion'. I want to make songs that convey that feeling and mood. "North Texas Unsettling Childhood Memory Pop". or maybe "Divorce Pop". The song "Corsica" is definitely about that, I think. Both sonically and in subject matter... I dunno. Its weird and you can dance to it, but I hope it makes you feel a little funny.
For Programm, it's been a slow build towards their debut album. Getting there meant discovering how to make music that they wanted to make, instead of music confined to genre conventions or outward expectations. The band collected influences from all over the spectrum, with stops in drone, electronic minimalism and eastern progressions, refining each sonic detail and enabling each other's intense perfectionism in the process. Programm discovered and refined their hybrid electronic-rock sound as they wrote, rewrote, recorded and rerecorded.

The band's sound refined even more as they met Alexandre Bonenfant (Metz, Crystal Castles), who helped them filter their polyglot psychedelia into dark but accessible melody-laden compositions that hit the sweet spot between Portishead, Broadcast and The Horrors. Programmed and sequenced, but also warm and full, Jacob Soma and Jackie Game's vocals bringing out the best in each other, it's a rich sound that Flare Magazine calls "highly addictive." And now that they're unleashing the fruits of their last half-decade, the band are reenergized, refocused and ready to move forward. Now embedded within the red-hot Toronto psych scene, Programm have become a live beast.
Venue Information:
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201 S Calhoun St.
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