The Make-Up

The Make-Up

Puff Pieces, Cigarette

Sat, April 22, 2017

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

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

The Make-Up
The Make-Up
THE MAKE-UP was an American post-punk band from Washington, D.C. formed in 1995, consisting of ex-Nation of Ulysses frontman Ian Svenonius on vocals, James Canty on guitar and organ, Steve Gamboa on drums, and Michelle Mae on bass guitar. The Make-Up were joined in late 1999 by a fifth member, Alex Minoff (of the groups Golden and Extra Golden), who played guitar with the group until the band's dissolution in early 2000.

The Make-Up combined garage rock, soul, and a self-styled liberation theology to make a new genre they called "Gospel Yeh-Yeh". This style led to an emphasis on live performances and interaction between the band and their audience, incorporating the audience into the performances as a "fifth member", creating what one reviewer described as ""highly energetic and participatory live shows." Parallel to the band's gospel musical stylings, the Make-Up produced music under a communism-influenced political philosophy that they saw as counter to the capitalist form of modern rock and roll and pop music.

The Make-Up released four studio albums, two live albums, a compilation release collecting several singles and B-sides, and a number of vinyl singles, all released on independent record labels such as Dischord Records, K Records, and Southern Records. Svenonius, Mae, and Minoff are now part of the group Weird War. Svenonius has since released a solo album under the pseudonym David Candy. Canty went on to play with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and French Toast.
Puff Pieces
Puff Pieces
Puff Pieces is Mike Andre (Antelope, Vertebrates), Justin Moyer (E.D. Sedgwick, Antelope, El Guapo), and Amanda Huron.
Cigarette
Cigarette
We had just met up after being disconnected for a five year span and there I met his soon to be wife. As I watched the love recycle between the two, I couldn’t help but reminisce about our past and the parallels that followed to this day. Myself also being in love, I felt harmonious warmth among the couple. The night evoked memories of our days as teenage obscurities, pessimistic on life and relationship yet both truly aware of the splendor that naturally surrounds us. I’ve always liked to think of people in a planetary or astral manner. Within a vast nothingness we all find ourselves viciously spinning among one another. Orbiting certain suns can either have a cold, scorching, or nurturing effect to one’s terrestrial well-being. Ideally we find balance with the suns we surround ourselves with, finding growth and vitality within our course. "Warm Shadows" is about that insignificant solar affection in the universe.
Venue Information:
Strange Matter
929 West Grace Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://strangematterrva.com/