Terrible Records CMJ Party!, LIGHT ASYLUM

PopGun Presents

Terrible Records CMJ Party!


LE1F, Kirin J Callinan, Regal Degal, Diamond Terrifier

Oct 16

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The debut full-length album by LIGHT ASYLUM has been a long time coming, but not without rabid anticipation. As their self-released In Tension EP circulated and resonated with new leagues of listeners worldwide, the reputation of duo Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello sweltered via their intense live show, collaborations, and remixes. LIGHT ASYLUM marks Funchessʼ and Covielloʼs return to the recorded fray with renewed intent, emotion and visceral energy, all to powerful effect.
Described as ʻable to hypnotize and hold an audience in a state of bondageʼ, Funchess has sealed a reverent status through her vocal breadth and captivating expression. Having shared recordings with the likes of Teengirl Fantasy, Telepathe, TV On The Radio, !!!, and Ford & Lopatin, the multi- instrumentalistʼs vocal talents stay in steady demand. LIGHT ASYLUM cements Funchessʼ reputation as a singular voice. From the guttural intonations and militaristic drills to the melancholic leading melodies and operatic tenor, Funchessʼ range remains wide but balanced and carefully controlled.

Having spent years touring and performing as synth pop project The Dreamies, Coviello channels a different strand of influence and completes the LIGHT ASYLUM sound alongside Funchess. The result is an uncompromising, rugged mixture of coldwave, EBM and electro-industrial structured through pop of the toughest sensibilities. A LIGHT ASYLUM production straddles underground electronic club music and radio song culture - part introverted, aggressive vehicles, part bright, jubilant fanfares - passages of carefully devised harmony and melody bloom between stabs of driving keyboards and drum machines.

LIGHT ASYLUM is a collection of ten songs that are contemplative and starkly necessary. From the heated synth punk of ʻIPCʼ, ʻPope Will Rollʼ and ʻAt Willʼ to the cinematic modesty of love songs like ʻAngel Tongueʼ, ʻShallow Tearsʼ and ʻA Certain Personʼ; the basement-found emotions of ʻHour Fortressʼ and ʻSins of the Fleshʼ to the melodic dramas of ʻHeart of Dustʼ and ʻEnd of Daysʼ, LIGHT ASYLUM have achieved an exhilarating, genuine and important moment.
Le1f is always looking toward the future. Since the release of his debut mixtape Dark York in 2012, the Manhattan-raised rapper born Khalif Diouf has been renowned his circles and across the media for pushing boundaries with everything from lyrics, the technicalities of his flow and his beat choices. Producers are only now catching up to the sound of its first single “Wut.” With an almost-lifelong background in ballet and modern dance, as well as a degree in dance from Wesleyan University (where he honed his music skills, learning production on FruityLoops and ultimately creating the beat for Das Racist’s breakout “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”). With Dark York, Le1f commanded attention from both the rap and dance music worlds—although his vibrant curiosity with his ample footwork, the deep cadence of his voice, his ability to both tell stories and flex in his lyrics and an undeniable sense of forward-thinking in his music.

The subsequent release of his Fly Zone and Tree House mixtape, a collaborative EP with producer Boody called Liquid released via Boysnoize and his Terrible Records debut EP Hey furthered that narrative. But with his first full-length Riot Boi (Terrible/XL) finds Le1f finalizing the vision. Drawing inspiration from the Riot Grrl Movement and artists like M.I.A. and Missy Elliott, the album is both a celebration of marginalized identities but without slipping into the divisive territory of “conscious rap.” In his own words, he’s “somewhere between an activist and an antagonist.”

Riot Boi features guest appearances from fellow innovators Junglepussy, House of LaDosha and Dev Hynes, as well as production from PC Music’s SOPHIE on the first single, coquette club anthem “Koi.” Le1f has received accolades from press on the cutting edge like Vice, The FADER, FACT Magazine and Pitchfork and has been featured in Vogue, Interview and BuzzFeed. But he is not just being noticed for his own artistry and his impeccable taste and prescience for the future of rap and R&B is deftly displayed through artists like Rahel, Donchristian and more signed to his own Camp & Street label.
Kirin J Callinan
Regal Degal
Brooklyn post-punk trio Regal Degal perform in a kind of wind-tunneling locked-groove, one that gathers steam as it circles into itself. They’re fronted by onetime Dinowalrus drummer Josh da Costa, which maybe has something to do with the percussiveness of each instrument. (And their updated take on an older, dirtier NYC sound is more serious than you’d expect from the Three’s Company Regal Beagle echo of their name.) The band’s official debut, a RVNG-imprinted cassette called Format Worth, is out next week. You should be able to grab one at their 11/5 Death By Audio show with Silkflowers. We’re told to expect “layers of enchanting weirdness” that maybe you didn’t catch on earlier homemade CD-R’s. Get acquainted via two impressive demo tracks, “Pretty Busy” and “As Furry.” Each one includes unexpected twists and an ear for space.
Diamond Terrifier
DIAMOND TERRIFIER is Sam Hillmer of ZS. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation. Named after the english translation of the indo-tibetan god-name Vajrabairahva, Diamond Terrifier is concerned with the potential positive qualities of destruction as mediated by noise/drone sheets of sound music.

Diamond Terrifier’s debut release ‘Himalayan Appalachia’ appeared this past September and is soon to be followed by the follow up tape ‘Shrine Flu’ on Words+Dreams. This coming fall Diamond Terrifier’s first full length effort will be inaugurated on Brooklyn avant killers Northern Spy label. ‘KILL THE SELF THAT WANTS TO KILL YOUR SELF’ is due out September 2012 and will be produced by the formidable rocker Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear.

In the mean season, Diamond Terrifier will be playing hella shows in and around New York, across North America, and beyond…
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249