With Our Arms to the Sun / Socionic / Bastion / Moscha (9pm show)
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 9:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
With Our Arms to the Sun is a rock band formed in the desert of Arizona. Their live shows are unique and emotional, bringing back the energy of the punk rock and grunge bands of the past who used to play to basements and art galleries packed full of kids. The music is cinematic and expressive with elements of conceptual album rock and modern electronics.
Socionic: You don’t just listen to hard rock band Socionic, you experience its thoroughly cultivated artistry. It’s a transporting creativity born of conceptual lyrics and raw emotionality juxtaposed, with both extremes powerfully represented by a darkly mystical visual presence of still artwork and videos. The sleek aggression of LA-based quartet’s debut EP, Identity, experienced with the project’s stunning visuals make for a gorgeously haunting journey.
The group has garnered favorable comparisons to Tool, Alice In Chains, Porcupine Tree, Nine Inch Nails, and Deftones. Music Connection Magazine says: “Stellar performances, rich production and an ability to craft multi-level, Tool-like tunes that would improve any sci-fi/horror soundtrack.” The Ripple Effect notes: “They’re heavy, slightly dark, and heady with their lyrical content. They have a growing fan base, and I look forward to hearing big things from them in the future.”
The darkly cathartic music on Identity seamlessly flows from brutal to beautiful, landing its genre bending classification somewhere between alternative, metal, progressive, and rock. The ominously catchy “Epiphany” begins with chilling atmospherics and crescendos with a hypnotically soaring chorus. The explosive “Prodigal” melds mesmerizing electronic touches with visceral metal guitars. The song’s imaginative arrangement recalls the captivating song structures of progressive rock. Another standout is the eerily majestic “Stain Serenity.” The slithery mid tempo track evokes a disquieting walls-are-closing-in introspection against breathtaking dynamics, segueing from moody to muscular with crushing dynamic adroitness.
Iconic producer Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory, Frontline Assembly, Megadeth, Mudvayne) produced Identity with input from Socionic singer-songwriter Michael Meinhart. The two collaborated on a multi-dimensional aesthetic that includes the primal aggression of modern metal, the griminess of industrial music, and the glassy textures of electronic music.
The band is currently storyboarding new videos, probing the dark recesses of its collective mind for new music, and gearing up for a string of live dates.
Bastion: Indie pop rock with heavy atmosphere.