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Popscene co-presents: Cult of Youth (Sacred Bones), Chasms, Crown of Cerberus
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
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Popscene co-presents: Cult of Youth (Sacred Bones), Chasms, Crown of Cerberus
Popscene co-presents: Cult of Youth (Sacred Bones) and Chasms, Crown of Cerberus, 9:30pm, $10.

CULT OF YOUTH: Born out of a love for the post-industrial music and culture that had inspired him ever since he had first discovered music as a teenager, Cult of Youth began as a series of home recordings by founder Sean Ragon. Ragon's solo Cult of Youth project released a 7-inch and then one full length on then fledgling Dais Records (also responsible for introducing the world to Cold Cave and releasing Genesis P-Orridge's pre-Throbbing Gristle recordings for the first time). The early recordings seemed to strike a chord with many people who felt alienated by the cultural irony and lo-fi slacker mentality that was ever present in independent music at the time. Adding three permanent members to the line-up: performance artist/director/painter/occult scholar Micki Pellerano on bass, machinist drummer Glenn Maryanski, and the violin virtuoso/goddess Christiana Key. (Key's brilliant string arrangements were recently featured on new Zola Jesus single "Poor Animal.")

This is their first album as a proper band, produced by Chris Coady and mixed by Swans producer Kevin McMahon; it's an ideal realization of the amazing potential this new full band line-up. It is a neo-folk masterpiece, perhaps the first of its kind from an American band. Although still rooted in the acoustic guitar driven Teutonic chants of the early material, the focus has changed and the scope is broader. Cult of Youth shifts from delicate pagan folk music reminiscent of Paul Giovanni's landmark soundtrack to The Wicker Man, to hazy Turkish psychedelic passages, and even to the rugged Americana of traditional country music. This debut is an unapologetic and unabashed search for a spiritual identity in an increasingly homogenized world. It serves as a clear and thorough introduction for all the burgeoning dark punks out there who wanna go a bit deeper but haven't yet figured out where to start. (bio)


CHASMS: Drenched in the dreaminess of early 4AD, Chasms takes familiar shoegaze affectations to biting temperatures, arriving intently at dysphoric soundscapes and swollen compositions. From whispered vocals to droning bass, and guitar that's as blistering as it is lush  all elements are commanded by a blown-out drum machine that throbs with industrial authority. Culling influences from the avant underbelly of decades past, the dark San Francisco duo released their debut "When It Comes" cassette EP on Dream Recordings in the summer of 2012. (bio)


Crown of Cerberus


Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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