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Nicole Dollanganger, Crag Mask (Rec Release), Space Camp, & Reduction Plan

Tiny Box Booking Presents
UNDER 21 WITH GUARDIAN

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Dark themes, indie jams, chaos, and shoegaze

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NICOLE DOLLANGANGER

Gloominess, silence, blood, and sexual violence are all themes that drift like fog or persistent, thundery, summer’s rain through Nicole Dollanganger’s Natural Born Losers, the 2015 album that’s the first and only release on Grimes’ label Eerie Organization. “American Tradition” is written from the perspective of a girlfriend in an abusive relationship with an athlete, his medal-winning persona outweighing the evil. “Poacher’s Pride” recounts the shooting of an angel with her father’s rifle, the angel being either a literal angel or metaphor for the killing of animals, and “In The Land” focuses on distressing attacks made by convicted criminals David Parker Ray and Theresa Knorr (An earlier track, “Rampage” is written about a shooter in the Columbine High School Massacre).

Accompanying these narratives are Dollanganger’s distinctive vocals, high-pitched, prolonged and innocent like a child lost in thought, and the eerie bed of electric guitars. Her latest release, album Heart Shaped Bed (released 26 November via Crystal Math and Eerie Organization), follows the same mood but with the guitars replaced by the pitter-pattering of piano and tales of destructive romance being a focal point.

CRAG MASK (RECORD RELEASE)

Hailing from all corners of Connecticut, Crag Mask has been bestowing their unique take of rock onto listeners for three years. Their gloomy sound tends to unfold into heavy hitting sections that groove and bend, yet still maintains a catchiness that acts as a thread through their non-traditionally structured tunes. A sophomore album is to be released by the band in July 2019. Until then, listeners can linger on and pick apart their promising debut, “Loom”, for just a bit longer.

SPACE CAMP

Hard femme stoner metal band from South Windsor, CT. By sissies, for sissies.

REDUCTION PLAN

Reduction Plan's music comes from within solitude's frigid embrace. "I will never get what I want," broods frontman Daniel Manning on self-released debut, Paradise. The heavily reverberated breaths and ominous atmosphere that open Reduction Plan's latest full-length album, Somewhere, evoke that same sense of solitude, one that is almost palpable.

Pulling from 80s goth, 90s shoegaze and industrial, and the anti-folk tendencies of acts like Grouper and Mount Eerie, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. A swell of synths, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs is the foundation upon which the project draws its sound.

With Somewhere, Manning takes a leap forward in both songwriting and production. Recorded and mixed entirely independently, the record’s 10 tracks are more fleshed out than anything the project has released to date. A testament to this is “On Your Own”, a re-recorded and re-worked version of a track that initially appeared on Reduction Plan’s debut, Paradise. Side-A closer “Julia” is driven by waves of synths that would feel right at home on a Disintegration cut, pushing the song to a powerful climax. Meanwhile, opener “Without An End” is a cacophonous goth-rock anthem built upon an intoxicating drum-machine groove.

Somewhere is Manning’s third full-length under the Reduction Plan moniker, following the Child of Light EP, which saw him branching out stylistically to collaborate with fellow musicians. On the project’s first two full-lengths, 2015’s Paradise and 2016’s Shade, Manning’s compositions were frigid, harsh, and unrelenting. Here, the songs let the light in; blossoming into lush, melancholic pieces that maintain the bite of the project’s roots.

The majority of the record was written shortly after Manning graduated from college, and deals with all the feelings of displacement, discontent, and dissatisfaction that followed. Somewhere represents a seemingly intangible sense of comfort and belonging that Manning searches for throughout the album’s brooding tracks.

Although a solo endeavor in concept, Manning is accompanied live by Luis Durango, who breathes new energy into the songs on second-guitar and synth. Together, the two have shared the stage with acts such as Xiu Xiu, Boyharsher, Planning For Burial, Torres and many more.

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