Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Magas, Various Eggs

Mon, January 30, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 18 and over

Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc began in 1996 with the clear goal of “creating music for no audience.” And by this we meant that we were constant and voracious consumers and keen observers of many scenes contemporary at the time: hardcore, punk, post-punk, post-rock, riot girl, emo, math rock, no wave, noise, experimental, drone, free jazz, kraut rock, dub, glitch, drum and bass, psych, folk, and twee. All of these scenes had their own codes of membership and conformity. We set out knowing that our failure to be embraced by any prefab audience would be the proof of the singularity of our expression.


Elements of all these genres were mangled together on our first record. And though we have changed forms and approaches many times since then, collage, juxtaposition, and fusion have remained our consistent guiding principles in structure, production, and style. And recalling that initial mission statement we know we are a success: we have travelled the world many times over and still manage to frustrate expectations. And still no one anywhere would dare claim to like us to appear cool.


Most bands break up when they realize that being a band isn’t likely to make them rich and the industry expectations are most often demeaning and exhausting. Of course the standard practices of the music business are meant to squelch ongoing collaborative creativity in favor of quick profit. That’s simple business: maximize returns on minimal efforts. But we are not a business first and foremost. Impracticality and counter-intuitiveness remain as vital to our ongoing survival as practicality and intuition.


As we have grown as people and as a band we have necessarily shifted from squeezing our real lives in around band activity to integrating the band into our lives. This has meant adopting a more open collective style membership in favor of the common clear cut mentality of standard gang membership. And doing so has deepened the trust between us, the subtlety and nuance of our expression and the expansiveness of our collective imagination. We remain dedicated to the struggle for utopia by design and in practice.
Magas
Magas
James Marlon Magas, is a Chicago-based composer and musician, known for producing raw electronic music.
In 1992, Magas co-founded the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based band Couch and the Bulb Records label, with Peter Larson. Bulb and Couch were both instrumental in kick-starting the American mid-western noise movement, influencing artists Andrew WK and Wolf Eyes. In 1995, Magas relocated to Chicago, forming the no wave band Lake Of Dracula, with multi-instrumentalist Weasel Walter. In 2000, Magas became solo electronic artist MAGAS and started the record store, Weekend Records and Soap, with wife Bridgette Wilson. Magas assembled his Wizardlook studio and began producing music and remixing other artists, as well as performing concerts in North America and Europe. In late 2013, he worked on the score to director Asia Argento’s Incompresa (aka Misunderstood), which will be released in early 2014.
Various Eggs
Various Eggs
Various Eggs are a trio influenced by the three Nicks: Nick Cave, Nick Drake, and Nick Lowe. Accordingly, their songs vacillate between spare, loud, angular songs that revel in feedback and pretty little acoustic songs. Likewise, their subject matter alternates between satire and sincerity. If you asked Various Eggs, "what band made you pick up guitars?", they would say either "discovering Autolux at Coachella" or "watching Television on the Central Park Summer Stage."
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/