Thursday, June 10, 2010

Do512 Presents: Girls Who Rock

Do512 is taking over The ND at 501 Studios next Friday night, and bringing some of the finest female talent in Austin with us. On Friday, June 18, Do512 invites you to attend "Girls Who Rock", a glorious affair celebrating the fine art of - you guessed it - girls who rock! Featuring the beautifully brutal rock trio Ume, cabaret-influenced garage pop trio Agent Ribbons, and psych-dream pop quintet Candi and The Strangers. Doors will be at 10pm, and cover is only $5 with RSVP on Do512. For you night owls out there, Ume will take the stage at 12:30 am.

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Your entertainment for the night:

Ume (pronounced ooo-may) is an Austin trio who has built a reputation as one of indie rock’s heaviest live bands. On their new EP, the power of Ume’s live show has been captured and surpassed. With this sophomore release, Lauren Larson’s ferocious guitar riffs and fiery vocals have combined with a melodic beauty that completely transcends their previous efforts. With a rock-solid rhythmic foundation provided by Eric Larson on bass and Jeff Barrera on drums, Ume has delivered a unique combination of catchy pop sweetness, delay-drenched noise, and jaw-dropping intensity.

After seeing Ume live in Brooklyn, the NYC label Pretty Activity released their debut “Urgent Sea” in 2005. The album was called “about as good as it gets” by the Philadelphia Weekly. The band rejoined in Austin in 2007 and recorded their latest Sunshower EP with Frenchie Smith (Trail of Dead, Dandy Warhols) at The Bubble in 2008. Ume has performed at places like CMJ, SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, and tracks from their latest EP have been heard on Seattle’s KEXP, Portland’s KNRK, and Austin’s 101X.


Agent Ribbons was born in Sacramento by friends Natalie Gordon (guitar, vocals) and Lauren Hess (drums, percussion). Naomi Cherie then joined the band in 2009, adding violin to a dreamy and deliciously sinful style that blends Vintage Cabaret with Victorian Punk, Baroque Pop, and ‘60s love ballads. In the past year, the band has toured relentlessly, performing over 150 shows in dozens of cities all over the US, France, Spain and Portugal appearing with regional favorites and international legends alike. Agent Ribbons has played Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, toured with Camera Obscura, and shared stages with the likes of CAKE, Vivian Girls and Portugal The Man.


Candi and the Strangers (who I just featured) officially formed in January 2009 after their producer, Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, Voxtrot, The Octopus Project), decided to step out from behind the mixing board and join the band. Their psych-dream pop sound combines lush arrangements, driving beats, layers of vibraphone, organ, omnichord and guitar mixed with honeyed female vocals. The band has been compared to the likes of Broadcast, Blonde Redhead, The Velvet Underground, Ladytron and Portishead, just to name a few. Here's a snippet from the Austin Sound review of their debut album:
"There’s something intentionally seductive layered into Candy and the Strangers LP - a permeation of sex into dark, driving, indie-rock, which makes for good listening by principle (think of the successes of international act the XX, or the awkwardly erotic phonetics of Nico with the Velvet Underground.) A little tension is good, and Candi and the Strangers seem to revel in the fusing of dark, bedroom-style synth-pop with breathy, subdued, near-hypnotic female vocals."