Federation X, Helms Alee, Dog Shredder
Federation X and Helms Alee
Saturday, September 8th 2012
Doors at 9:00, Music at 10:00
Federation X reveals an original and chaotically absolute way in the alternative rock scene. Conceiving fuming themes, amplified by folk, garage rock, and punk references, the Washington state trio ultimately delivers a set of extreme rock & roll. Assembling in the late '90s, in Yakima, WA, Federation X counts on with a lineup comprising guitarist Ben, drummer Beau, and vocalist and guitarist Bill. The trio first met trough mutual high-school friends, and since their acquaintance naturally starting playing together. Following a period of time rehearsing intensively, Federation X, self-described as a "civil war band," played its first live shows. A few months later, the team then concentrated on creating its first full-length album. Federation X, the crew's eponymous and self-released debut album, offered in 2000, revealed for the first time the trio's incensed rock creations. Dedicating the following months to a short U.S. touring season, the band then appeared on several compilations and split discs before re-entering the studio to prepare their second full-length. American Folk Horror, issued in 2002 by Estrus Records, confirmed the trio's aptitude in conceptualizing distinctive and chaotically enhanced compositions. The group honed the sharper and more agressive side of their sound on their third album, 2003's X Patriot, recorded by Steve Albini and in 2005 released Rally Day. The band has been compared to such heavy acts as Melvins, Karp, and Black Sabbath. While Wildenhaus and Badgley have always played 4-string guitars, 2006 saw the addition of guitarist Josh Holland, so that Badgley could have the space to concentrate on his vocal duties.
Formed in 2007, Seattle, Washington's Helms Alee meld jangly shoegaze with sludge to create a hybrid sound all their own. Featuring the talents of former Harkonen bassist Ben Verellen on guitar as well as bassist Dana James and drummer Hozoji Margullis (of Lozen), the band's loose, melodic sludge simultaneously evokes the effervescent discordance of the Pixies and the pounding heaviness of Big Business. The trio made its full-length debut in 2008 with Night Terror, released by Hydra Head. For their sophomore record, Helms Alee went into the studio with Minus the Bear's Matt Bayles, who would produce their 2011 album, Weatherhead.
"Dog Shredder are quantum physics. No space left untouched. Garage insanity? The soundtrack to M.I.T.? Blistering connections that were impossible to predict. If you took a bottle of narcotics and got pushed out of an airplane flying to Naked City without a parachute by No Means No and land on John Zorn, you may end up as a Dog Shredder."
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