Spaceland, Restless Nites & Cloak and Dagger Present
Cloak & Dagger Festival - Dusk Till Dawn - FRIDAY ONLY
The Jesus And Mary Chain, TR/ST, Com Truise, HEALTH, Mykki Blanco, HO99O9, Steve Moore, Drab Majesty, Tropic Of Cancer, mxms, Skeleton Hands, LXT, PELADA, Cold Showers, Soho Rezanejad, Chasms, David Scott Stone
Fri October 20, 2017
5:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)
Globe Theatre + The Palace Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
This event is 21 and over
Dress code is all black - but you already know that. Wear what you want. We've worked hard to ensure all attendees will get to see their favorite acts, but please arrive early to secure your spot on the dance floor.
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THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN - TR/ST - COM TRUISE - HEALTH - MYKKI BLANCO - HO99O9 - STEVE MOORE - DRAB MAJESTY - TROPIC OF CANCER - MXMS - SKELETON HANDS - LXT - PELADA - SOHO REZANEJAD - COLD SHOWERS - CHASMS - DAVID SCOTT STONE - HAEX
KMFDM - SHE WANTS REVENGE - POPTONE - THE SOFT MOON - COLD CAVE - OHGR - ZOMBI - LUST FOR YOUTH - MOON DUO - UNIFORM - NOSTALGHIA - RAMSEY - SEXTILE - MATTEO VALLICELLI - TESSA RAE - CHAMPION CHILLS - SSLEEPERHOLD - TAMARA SKY
Cloak & Dagger
The Jesus And Mary Chain
The legendary Jesus and Mary Chain forged from the chaos of a post punk music wasteland that left the 1980s youth of the UK looking for a new band to hang their disaffections on.
Brothers William and Jim Reid took their own version of teenage angst, from their bedroom in East Kilbride Scotland to the D.I.Y. underground music scene of London in 1984.
Their attitude and thrashing guitar sound, bought them to the attention of Creation Records boss Alan McGee.
Creation released their first singe ‘Upside Down’ and its success saw the band perform a series of adrenalin fuelled live shows that often ended in controversy.
From the chaos and madness that surrounded the band, Williams true song writing genius and Jims heart stopping lyrics gave life in1985 to their debut album ‘Psychocandy’ that is today still held as a musical mile stone and spawned such classics as ‘Just Like Honey’ and ‘Some Candy Talking’.
In 2015 the band revisited the album to celebrate its 30th year, following their re acquaintance with Alan McGee, now operating as Creation Management. There followed with a hugely successful and much acclaimed world tour with a set that included the classic album being played end to end, after a shorter greatest hits opening set, still being controversial, but dazzlingly brilliant.
The band has spent most of 2016 in the studio, in London, Dublin and LA, finally readdressing the issue that they were now being begged for a new album. (Their last release was 1998.)
After signing a worldwide deal with ADA, the label service division of Warner Music Group, at last the finishing touches of the new record are being detailed in London, and the world holds it’s breath to hear the new material destined for release in March 2017.
Speaking to Canada’s CBC Music, McGee let slip. “They’ve made another album! It’s a big deal! It’s kinda enormous.”
The internet lit up with the news as it slowly dawned that finally the brothers had put their personal differences on hold and had produced another masterpiece.
The album will have its presale release in December 2016 and the band will embark on another world tour in support of the new album throughout 2017.
TR/ST is the musical project of Canadian artist Robert Alfons. The debut album TRST received widespread acclaim for its convergence of pop, goth and dance dynamics, overlaid with the menacing and enigmatic vocals that Pitchfork likened to a "goth version of Eeyore". Joyland, the project's sophomore outing, was an even deeper foray into the gender-bending underworld of Alfons' fantasies. 2017 saw TR/ST perform at FYF & Cloak and Dagger Festivals in Los Angeles ending the year by sharing upcoming single 'Destroyer' in the Nowness premiered short film of the same name starring and co-directed by Ryan Heffington (Sia, Arcade Fire, Baby Driver) and Justin Tyler Close (The LAB). His hotly anticipated 3rd album is scheduled for a 2019 release.
Producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and currently based in Los Angeles, California.
HEALTH are the new frontier of noise rock. Formed in 2005, HEALTH self-recorded their debut album over the course of 9 months at Los Angeles D.I.Y. venue The Smell, birthing an urgent and extraordinary album which seethed with ghostly, epic pop and spurts of chaotic noise. Their shows grew wilder, kids danced & moshed, blogs freaked out, critics raved, and everyone wondered how in God's name HEALTH was going to follow it up. While the anticipation continued to build, HEALTH released a critically-acclaimed remix record HEALTH//DISCO, toured with the likes of Crystal Castles, Nine Inch Nails, and Of Montreal and played over 420 shows!
In April of 2009, HEALTH emerged with their first new single since 2007: "DIE SLOW" received immediate accolades from Pitchfork & NME, with the effects rippling across their DIE SLOW THROUGH EUROPE tour, resulting in a near-riot in Eastern Europe. The song's infectious fusion of noise and dance was the most fully-formed and undeniably rad piece of music from HEALTH yet. And it only served to rile up their fans more. The new full-length was desperately needed.
On September 8th 2009, HEALTH answer the call and release their second album GET COLOR. Recorded in an especially gnarly part of Lincoln Heights, L.A, GET COLOR is an exuberant proclamation of noise, rock and electronic splendor. It's a celebration of sound; pretty, harsh, soft and basked in a blanket of ethereal vocals. GET COLOR is the manifesto HEALTH have been promising since their inception. HEALTH are the band. GET COLOR is the record. NOW is the time.
Two years after releasing the revered noise/dance record HEALTH//DISCO, HEALTH return to the remix realm with DISCO2 on June 22, 2010 on Lovepump United Records.
Curated and produced by HEALTH, DISCO2 features the epic noise jams of GET COLOR remixed by electronic luminaries Tobacco, Crystal Castles, Salem, Javelin, and Gold Panda (among others), morphing 2009's GET COLOR into an electronic masterpiece.
DICSCO2 leads off with the killer new HEALTH single "USA BOYS", mixed by legendary producer Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode). HEALTH have turned the dancefloor filthy again. It's going to be a noisy summer.
A fearless artist at his challenging yet melodic best, Mykki Blanco releases his debut album "Mykki" (produced by Woodkid and Jermiah Meece) on 16th September on Dogfood Music Group / !K7.
Mykki Blanco has metamorphosed many times. The multi-faceted star was a child actor who founded a performance art collective as a teen, ran away from home, and won scholarships to two prestigious art colleges, quitting both as he realised that "the art world is just one big scam for rich people" - an idea touched upon in album track "High School Never Ends" written with Woodkid, which premiered on FADER in May.
Finding fame first as a fearless noise rap poet, he published a book "From The Silence Of Duchamp To The Noise Of Boys". Then what started as a video art project about a "teenage drag rapper" transformed into 2 years of Blanco living as a transgender woman in his personal life. Though eventually not transitioning, Mykki Blanco graduated in real life experience as well as artistically into the non-binary gender-queer post-homo-hop musical artist that we see before us today. Needless to say, it's impossible to pigeon-hole Blanco and his unique and beautiful sound is no exception.
Amassing a vast online following with a savvy and savage social media output, Mykki is hailed online as a digital warrior princess who rules across the underground music scene with mixtapes like Gay Dog Food, cult hits like Kingpinning and sensational videos like Coke White, Starlight, The Initiation, Wavvy, and Haze Boogie Life. Blanco's output to date has been hailed as razor sharp, ahead of its time and sometimes deliciously far out. Yet this album seems to leave much of the mayhem behind, marking yet another departure, this time in favour of melody and musicianship, and Mykki comes of age as a serious chart contender.
"I realised as an artist I need to focus on myself and on my work. Arguments with people online distract from that. I used to have a problem with the media trying to define me, either as a drag queen, or a transvestite, as a homosexual rapper, a transsexual or an HIV positive pop star, but most people need labels and my true fans know who I am and what I'm about"
The spaced-out touchdown track 'I'm In A Mood' sets the tone for this challenging eponymous debut, a synth-layered and classically-arranged landscape that frames a vivid tableau from within which Mykki muses and provokes across thirteen fascinating tracks.
The summery pitch-shifted slopes of 'Loner' hint at the looming isolation of "social media" and the notion that the big bad wolf is, in fact, a lone wolf. "High School Never Ends" is an epic ballad that queers the Romeo & Juliet story to expose growing racism in Europe, the despicable refugee crisis and society's increasingly relinquished appetite for diversity, much of which Mykki observed first hand while touring internationally for the past 4 years.
However, the old Mykki Blanco who likes to keep the internet awake at night is never far away. "Fuck being low key!" spits Mykki at the start of "Fendi Band", a filthy twister of a track that trades in straight jackets, handcuffs, duct tape and whips. Mykki exposes his cheek on "My Nene", a mysterious siren-call which plods along hauntingly before unapologetically dropping its knickers into a sexually-charged ass-banger before dissipating into the spiralling-cynicism of "The Plug Won't", a curb-crawling hymn to the deceitful face of club culture.
"Shit Talking Creep" is a daring shooter glass of hip hop and global politics with echoing militant cries and gritty mud-grovelling effects. The track shines the mic on hatred and intolerance in Russia, while toeing a line of pornographic innuendo - "Fuck n*gger, NO, I'm coming with the Russians" - a commentary on the country's hypocritically large output of gay porn. The track's shock blanket of tribal war drums are both ejaculative and quite literally 're-percussions'.
"For The Cunts" is a self-conscious gay club party anthem that perhaps ridicules and mimics the club-boppers in Mykki's fan base more than he'd care to admit. Meanwhile "Rock n Roll Dough" hangs low like a vintage Snoop Dogg track, punctuated with minimal snares, it catches the light with the hard-faced campness you would normally get on a Gwen Stefani classic. "You Don't Know Me" touches upon Blanco's openly HIV+ status but underlines a determined unwillingness to be unfairly defined by this reality.
Mykki Blanco's referential framework is both archival and futuristic: a myriad of culture references, spiritual anecdotes, designer labels, make-up brands, hippie jargon, Fendi here and Snapchat there - all perfectly reflecting the creative dialogue digital landscape we live in.
What stands out above all of this though on "Mykki" is the musicianship, melody and depth, that help Mykki Blanco birth a heavyweight album about feminine empowerment, the discovery of one's "second soul", giving a voice to the marginalised and scratching a question mark that cuts deeps over and over again.
Steve Moore (born in 1976) is a multi-instrumentalist coming from Seattle, WA. He plays piano, wurlitzers, casiotones, bells, trombone and is also a composer. He played with artists as Sufjan Stevens, jazz performer Bill Frisell, and Sunn O))).
Since 2001, he has played and toured with Laura Veirs' band Saltbreakers (along with Karl Blau and Tucker Martine) playing keyboards, trombone, singing and sometimes playing bass.
Drab Majesty began as a warbled transmission received via 4-track cassette in a dim, Los
Angeles bedroom in 2012. The entity known as Deb Demure, an interdimensional muse of sorts,
lent an otherworldly vision to a human contact; one to be realized through meticulously
composed lo-fi recordings. Focusing on the aesthetics of cult ritual and the devastating power of
music, Deb sought an alternative way to share the cosmic agenda. Culminating in a cassette
titled Unarian Dances, Drab Majesty’s manifesto to humanity was revealed: revel in the power of
artistic influences that reside beyond the self.
In 2015, Drab Majesty released Careless, the first LP which was received and recorded solely by
Demure on living room floors and in cluttered spaces across the city. Careless remains a fixture
in LA’s somber yet sublime nightlife and a noted contribution to the murkier subcultures abroad.
From its incarnation, Drab Majesty was a solo act; an interplay between guitar and triggered
machines. In 2016, with growing audiences and heightened interest, Drab expanded into a duo,
employing the keyboard accompaniment of far-out twin, Mona D – filling out frequencies and
upping the spectacle of the live performance.
January of 2017 saw the release of Deb’s second album entitled The Demonstration, recorded
by Josh Eustis (NIN, Telefon Tel Aviv).
Tropic Of Cancer
Tropic Of Cancer is the solo project of Camella Lobo.
Skeleton Hands, comprised of Evan Scott Sharfe and Chase Anderson, bring an eclectic electronic sound reminiscent of the glory days of post-punk that is simultaneously foreboding and uplifting. With influences ranging from House and Techno to Post-Punk and Traditional Goth, Skeleton Hands creates a moody sound with a joyful darkness that rumbles the floor and circles the atmosphere.
Starting out as a studio project in 2010, the band has released two singles on RACECAR Ltd. including Ravage and Oxygen, along with a handful of self-released EPs. Their debut full-length album Gone, presented a sound that is both familiar and fresh. It garnered many praises the world over, selling out of vinyl copies shortly after its release. As the album continues to gain new listeners, Sharfe and Anderson have continued to explore their sound, with their follow up album entitled Wake.
With every subsequent release, Skeleton Hands continue to blend their sorrowful vocals alongside a guitar-tinged, synth-infused palette that firmly plants them at the forefront of a new movement of buzz worthy names in dark pop.
Jess Labrador and Shannon Sky Madden. San Francisco, US.
David Scott Stone