3629 MLK Way
Oakland, California 94606

Friday, Feb 22, 9pm-1am
Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609, 510-654-4549)

Lava Nights Presents:
Ovo (Italy)
The Better to See You With (Portland)
Ettrick (San Francisco)
Chen Santa Maria (Oakland)

Milan, Italy’s Ovo are a two piece using guitar/violin cellos and drums that dump a toxic sludge with an unmistakable butterscotch scent. This sludge is in line with contemperous doom salesmen such as BORIS and the MELVINS, with the addition of vox stylings that take this record to a new place entirely. The sounds coming from Stephania Pedretti’s mouth as she sings go from lullaby sweet to terrifyingly raw in short intervals. Instrumentation on this platter is diverse, with guitars, bass, drums being added to the mix as well as music store stand-by’s like harmonica, piano, and cello.

The Better to See You With
"...it's a battle of moaning, shrieked vocals, grinding synth, and drums and guitar that growl and gnash around each other like two alligators wrestling in the shallows. In the end, everything blooms into a great psychedelic tapestry of intelligent brutality." - Portland Mercury

San Francisco's Ettrick is a self-destructive free jazz/black metal assault featuring two multi-instrumentalists rotating through every permutation of their drum and sax duo. In their brutal free improvisations, Jacob Felix Heule and Jay Korber explore the extreme sounds that can be wrenched from their instruments through brute force – screaming through saxophones, throwing drums and other such impolite extended techniques. The doubled instrumentation provides a situation to explore playing contrasting and complimentary styles on like instruments.

Chen Santa Maria
improvised electronics noise bursts from the recently resurrected duo of George Chen and Steven Santa Maria

Cost : $7

Added by gc on February 17, 2008

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