Pagan Reagan // Grex (Album Release) // Heterodyne perform at RhizomeDC
Saturday, July 7 at 8 PM – 11 PM
Rhizome DC 6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC
Oakland art rock duo Grex makes a long-awaited return to Washington DC, debuting at Rhizome to celebrate the release of the new album Electric Ghost Parade. Joining Grex will be the ecstatic space/psych rock band Pagan Reagan and the experimental/improvisation project Heterodyne.
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism. Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
Grex is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Karl Evangelista, a Los Angeles native, and keyboardist/vocalist Rei Scampavia, originally from Arlington, Virginia. The band’s mission: to explore the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange songcraft and the dark outer reaches of experimental music. The group has been called “an otherworldly experience” (Eugene Weekly) and “true genre warping music” (KFJC), recalling the explosive energy of Jimi Hendrix, the dark power of the Pixies, and the whimsical weirdness of Deerhoof.
Grex’s most recent album, entitled Electric Ghost Parade, is its magnum opus—an exhilarating, incendiary, and unpredictable paean to the epic psychedelic albums of the 1960’s, traversing the cutting edge of modern indie rock, noise, and free jazz.
Pagan Reagan (DC/MD/VA) is a heavy fuzzy psych rock trio from outer space. Evan O’Neal conjures a raw whizzing electric guitar tone that has been known to inspire cult indoctrination while Maya Renfro’s violin growls through an octavizer, fulfilling a melodic low end like a hellish orchestra gone mad. Lead vocals are handed off between them, with O’Neal gleaning comparisons to Lou Reed & Renfro earning the title of “Grace Slick reincarnated”. Mitchell Bass (also of Daamsel) is known for his expansive kit and particular curation in regards to the booming resonance of his percussion. To put it succinctly, a thunder striker.
Heterodyne (Baltimore/DC/VA) is an improvisational project; its co-founders and core performers are Maria Shesiuk (Moog and processed vocalizations) and Steinberger Artist T. A. Zook (NS Design Omni Bass, strung as a basscello).
Although essentially a duo, when complex schedules permit, it performs with Baltimore School of the Arts’ Patrick Whitehead on quarter-tone flügelhorn and trumpet; NPR’s Bob Boilen on ARP synthesizer; Verses Records’ Doug Kallmeyer on bass and electronics; McDaniel College’s Sarah Hughes on sax, clarinet, flute and vocalizations; Leah Gage on drums; Sam Lohman on drums; University of the District of Columbia’s Amanda Huronon drums; and Dan Gutstein, spoken word.