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Snaex, Wake in Fright, Elevator Hotels

INFO
Thursday, June 20 2024
7:30pm
doors at 7:00pm
TICKETS
$12 advance
$15 day of show
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SNAEX are a four piece band of musicians raised in the fertile environment of 1990s punk rock, who later immersed themselves in the tradition of American song, as exemplified by George Jones, Slim Gaillard, Leonard Cohen, Lucinda Williams, Billie Holiday, Nas, Hank Williams, etc. Beginning as a duo playing acoustic instruments, SNAEX found their way to studio experimentation, then to a full rock band formation, delving into their punk roots

Today, SNAEX are Christopher Teret, Chriss Sutherland, Tyler Heydolph, and Tom Rogers. SNAEX make no easy claim to any  piece of culture, society, and/or supposed community. Rather, they beg continuous questioning. SNAEX are a band from Maine who aim for sincerity, humility, and the transcendence that is found in music and prayer. To the table, they bring the experience of earlier bands (most notably Cerberus Shoal and Company) and current immersion in family and community. Their newest LP release, Has Been Given, is out now on El Gran E Records.

Wake in Fright standing together in a drive way. There is a surreal veneer on the photo, focusing in on frontman Micah Blue Smaldone brandishing jumper cables at the camera's lens.

Wake In Fright is a punk/rock/roll trio from Portland, Maine featuring Micah Blue Smaldone, Jonas Eule, and Greg Bazinet. The band formed in 2022, taking the name as a nod to the Ted Kotcheff film and to their shared love of ’70s Australian punk.

Micah has had a unique presence in northeastern underground music since the mid 1990s. His first group, the Pinkerton Thugs, were an integral part of the ’90s Boston punk scene. Merging spirited street punk and Woody Guthrie-style balladry with radical anarchist lyrics, the band released a few 7” and two full-length LPs. Micah went on to play in several other bands — hardcore legends Out Cold, the Shods, Cops and Robbers, and Boston rockabilly group the Racketeers.

In the early 2000’s he began making music under his own name. Built upon a foundation of fingerstyle country-blues and ragtime guitar, his solo efforts expanded over the years into full-band accompaniment, both acoustic and electric, and often vivid, harrowing lyrics.

Micah has released four solo studio albums, and has toured extensively across United States and Europe, with a focus on the Balkan countries. He has collaborated with Cerberus Shoal, Jack Rose, Death Vessel, Brown Bird, Big Blood, Asa Irons, and many others. His songs have been covered by Matt and Kim, US Girls, and Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen.

Greg Bazinet and Jonas Eule are childhood punk friends and stalwarts of the Maine music scene, both having played in several popular Portland area groups: Greg in the Rattlesnakes, Jonas in Endless Jags, and both in Golden Rules the Thumb.

At Greg’s encouragement, Micah recorded a handful of demos in early ‘22, his first in 10 years. Returning to the rudiments of raw punk rock, the songs reflected the isolation of the previous few years, frustration with the unhinged hostility in America, and outrage at the rise of neo-fascism. The film itself provided powerful focus to these emotions, the horror of waking each day to the deranged news cycle of an empire in rapid decay. With Jonas brought in, the three became a band and began recording after just a few months time.

The songs were done in true power-trio form — single guitar, bass, drums, with no extra overdubs. The result is a punchy ten song debut, every bit as coherent as it is urgent, something clearly made in the moment by three capable musicians excited to do something creative with their built up energy. 1970’s Australia is omnipresent – AC/DC, Saints, Radio Birdman, etc… same era UK is in there as well – Richard Thompson, the Clash, the Jam, New Model Army… as well a strong vibe of early Wipers. But most of all, anyone familiar with Micah’s previous output will hear it as a continuation, albeit a little louder, of what the BBC described as his “song-cycle carrying a heart-of-darkness travelogue filled with terse observations about the malevolent force within us all that slips off the leash with a depressing regularity.”

An intense distorted black and white photo of Elevator Hotels frontman C Money Burns. His hand on his face. Is he smiling or screaming? One cannot tell.

Elevator Hotels is the self-described “cryptogothic retrofuturist post-jazz rock vampire cowboy instrumental music” of DJ-producer-multi-instrumentalist C$Burns.

The El Gran E Records bear logo.

El Gran E Records is a small label from North Texas “bringing you music you didn’t know you needed.” They release projects of artists from all around the country and world, encompassing various genres: ambient/soundscapes, hip hop, post-rock, punk, dub reggae, post-rap, synthwave, soul/R&B, spoken word, shoegaze, folk, psych, etc.