Friday 11/30 Suzuki Junzo, Kohoutek, Miami Nights, Horsefang — Heavy Jams @ Tea Bazaar

November 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments · By

Tonight at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar is the type of musical performance that is too seldom seen in our great town. An exhibition of mind-melting psych and metal jams. HEAVY JAMS. Yes, folks, Holy Smokes has booked yet another great line-up of bands for us to see. So stuff your Pax vape into your sock, throw your library card into the furnace and spend your Friday in style.

Live in London October 2012

Suzuki Junzo in London

It looks like the out-of-towners are playing tonight; Suzuki Junzo, from Japan; Kohoutek, whose members hail from the varying anchor points of DC, Philly and Richmond.

Suzuki Junzo is a contemporary Japanese guitarist, who’s been affiliated at one time or another with Astral Travelling Unity, Miminokoto, and Overhang Party. He’s currently on tour for the Utech U.S. issue of his album Ode to a Blue Ghost, his second on the label. The record is bleak, understated, and abstract, yet wholly listenable. Its anti-melodies and metallic textures flow in and out of one another, yet create this sort of perfect distant harmony. Somewhere within the walls of noise lie true ideas and a true understanding of the classic principles of avant garde music. This is unmistakably abstract guitar work, yet it almost feels closer Oliveros’ Deep Listening style, sans caverns.

He is followed by (or preceded by, we’re not quite certain of the order) Kohoutek, the improvisational psych collective from DC. Led by drummer/percussionist Scott Verrastro and frequently backed by electronics wizard Scott Alison (though the line-up varies from show to show), their blend of free-jazz drums, distorted homemade synths, tape loops, field recordings, and whatever musician who wishes to join in with their instrument has garnered them comparisons to such acts as Sunburned Hand of the Man and Black Dice. Who knows who’ll turn up for this set, but I’m certain it will be worth a shot.

Tough acts to follow? Probably. But we have two local acts finishing up the night with a bang. Horsefang, the legendary sludgy stoner pants-shitting instrumental metal band, is back around town and will be there tonight in full force. Following that are fellow sludgemasters Miami Nights. Both are head-bangingly awesome and a great follow-up to the looser experimental leanings of the two acts preceding them.






Also tonight, the local-legends and representatives of goth/darkwave in its purest form, Bella Morte, are performing at the Main St Annex. This is also special because opening up for them is Manorlady, whose appearance will be their last local show… ever! They go on first, followed by Dead Fame, and the headlining act of Bella Morte.


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  • 1 matt // Nov 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm


  • 2 James // Dec 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Mingsley, indeed.